Undergraduate News

Department of Chemistry University of Oxford

Welcome to the news listings for the Chemistry Undergraduate students.

The purpose of these pages is to share information that may be of particular interest to Part II students.

We are seeking to appoint Science Teachers to join our thriving department from September 2019.
The successful candidate would teach one of the Sciences from Year 7 to A Level and Oxbridge.
It would be an advantage to offer a second Science to GCSE.

For further details, please see HERE



High Fliers is the organisation behind The Times Top 100 Graduate Employers directory and website.
We are recruiting a small team of Interviewers at Oxford University and the role would be ideally suited for a student who is in their final year and well connected on campus. It is a role that a successful applicant can balance alongside both their studies and extra-curricular activities.

Responsibilities include:
- Interviewing 25 final year students about their graduate job hunting experiences so far - High Fliers will provide the questionnaire
- Hitting this target of 25 interviewers over a a 7 day period at the end of January: known as "Survey Week"
- Ensuring consistent communication with your Oxford University Manager, who is based on campus, to keep him up to date with your progress

Applicants must:
- Know at least 25 final year students at Oxford University to interview during Survey Week
- Spend some time before Survey Week scheduling in Interviews with contacts
- Be available to work for approx 9 hours during Survey Week itself
- Be ready to take on a fantastic opportunity!

You will receive a full CV reference on completion of the role along with a competitive pay rate.
Please see the link below for the full job description and how you can apply.
**Applications are open now and will be filled quickly!


MSc Energy Systems - open to applications for 2019-20 entry

The MSc Energy Systems course brings together academics from across the University, combining excellence with intellectual depth. The first course of its kind in the world, this is a chance for you to study alongside the researchers who make Oxford a globally-recognised leader in this field.

Energy is increasingly key to some of humanity’s biggest challenges, including transitioning to cleaner sources, reaching over 1.3 billion people currently without access to electricity, and maintaining the quality of supply for those who currently do have access.

This fundamental transformation of energy systems calls for a new kind of system thinker, someone who can think across traditional disciplinary boundaries. No other UK university matches Oxford's strengths across physical and social sciences in this area, and our interdisciplinary research is at the cutting edge. This course explores the social and political, as well as technical, aspects of this area, and you will graduate with the ability to look at the whole picture of energy systems in the modern age and to think innovatively to develop solutions to the problems we face.

Utilising existing relationships to leading industrials such as EDF & National Grid, you will gain first-hand experience of the real-world applications of your studies. This industry-focussed approach will leave you well placed to take up leadership and strategic roles in industry or government.

The 12-month course is delivered through a varied teaching programme, including lectures, workshops, field trips, group work and in-depth topic based electives. It is also available as a part-time course stretching over 2 or 3 years, ideal for students who wish to study while working in industry.

We are looking for ambitious candidates with leadership potential, with the intellectual curiosity and calibre to appreciate the importance of complex technical, societal, economic and political issues that make up the system challenges in energy.


Application deadlines: Friday 25 Jan 2019 and Friday 1 March 2019


Final year of an undergraduate degree at Oxford university?
Do you want to improve leadership, organisational and time-management skills?
Do you want to gain invaluable first-hand market research experience?
Applications for the role of Interviewer are now open!

High Fliers Research is looking for final year students from Oxford University to apply for the role of Interviewer. Applicants must be well connected with final year students on campus, organised and confident in talking to fellow students. 

Survey Week

  • Commences on 24th January and lasts one week
  • The role will require you to find 20 final year students and carry out a 20 minute face-to-face survey
  • You will be competitively paid and gain a reference from High Fliers Research on successful completion of the role

If you’re interested, please follow the link:  www.fyss.uk/vacancies/interviewer. If you have any questions, feel free to contact your Oxford University Manager, Jihoon Kang on jihoon.kang@st-hughs.ox.ac.uk or 07761845043. Places are expected to be filled quickly, so get in contact as soon as possible to avoid disappointment!


National Rail - STEM and final year student promotion

My name is Jenny-Aimee Nzabandora and I am a second year student at Worcester College. I am currently working with On-Campus Promotions to promote Network Rail, whose graduate team is launching a competition to attract final years looking for graduate jobs. The competition offers 20 lucky final students free return journeys to any destination in the UK for themselves and a friend. There will be a weekly draw where 5 students from universities around the UK will be chosen. The competition will begin on the 14th January and end on the 14th February, with the last winners being announced on the 15th.

The link to the Facebook page that I have created is below:


This is my tracking link to enter the competition: http://ocply.co/OxfordNWR


  Beyond academia: The intricate world of Intellectual Property Law

Patent attorneys assess whether inventions are new and innovative and therefore eligible to be patented and a degree in science (not necessarily a PhD) is usually required to get a job. To better understand the perks and hurdles of becoming an IP lawyer, the Oxford Pharmacology Society has invited Dr. Tanya Heare-Rowlands, a special-counsel chartered patent attorney working at Cooley in London, to talk about her experience. Dr. Heare-Rowlands received her BSc (Hons) in Applied Biochemistry from the University of Liverpool (1999) and her DPhil, also in Biochemistry, from the University of Oxford (2003).

When: 16th of January, 2019 – 6.00-7.00PM
Where: Lecture Theatre, Department of Pharmacology
Registration: Register (for free) on the Eventbrite event

Open to all MSc and DPhil students and early career scientists. A reception will follow.

To keep updated about career and scientific events in STEM, join our society here for free. More information on www.opharmsoc.co.uk


   Graduate roles at Pfizer

There are three graduate roles currently being advertised at Pfizer in Materials Science. If you are interested in careers in the pharmaceutical industry and are in your final year of undergraduate study, (...or even slightly more experienced…) then please let us know! Details on the roles below – we are recruiting 2 at the lower experience level and 1 at a more experienced level. As detailed in the roles, these jobs are more graduate entry level than postgraduate.



There will be some other roles advertised soon across pharmaceutical sciences as well, so  keep an eye on http://www.pfizer.com/careers/


Summer Program 2019

The JSPS Summer Program is implemented as a component of the JSPS Postdoctoral Fellowship for Research in Japan. It provides opportunities for young pre- and post-doctoral researchers from North America and Europe to receive an orientation on Japanese culture and research systems and to pursue research under the guidance of host researchers at Japanese universities and research institutes over a period of two months during the summer.

For further details see HERE and - https://www.jsps.go.jp/english/e-summer/