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.

Programme ~ Workshop on Learning and Teaching in Practicals, Classes and Tutorials

25th-26th September 2018, in the Howard Schneiderman Room, Rodney Porter Building, Dept of Biochemistry.

Aims and Objectives

We aim to provide participants with

 An introduction to the main features of the Department’s ethos and teaching requirements

 A forum which stimulates individuals’ thinking about their own teaching practice

Participants should have fulfilled the following objectives on completion of Stage 1

 Considered the roles and responsibilities of graduate teachers in the Department in the context of two or more modes of teaching

 Thought about how students learn and the nature of good teaching

 Explored strategies for encouraging student learning in practicals, classes and tutorials

The programme below provides a framework for the course, but it is equally important that all participants have time to discuss any issues they wish to raise.

Course material can be found on Weblearn at https://weblearn.ox.ac.uk/portal/site/:medsci:bioch:ug:tutors_cours

For further details please see HERE



The RSSL laboratories in Reading (a subsidiary of Mondelez) are currently recruiting for a number of graduate vacancies in analytical chemistry to start in September working in the Pharmaceutical Laboratory.

For further details, see here:
Graduate Senior Technician – Gas Chromatography – Wet Chemistry

Scientist I – Wet Chemistry

Fourteen years ago it was a very similar role that I took with RSSL and albeit in a very different capacity now, I am still working for the organisation so it is not without career progression! Dr Victoria Jones, External Relations, Ingredient Research


ATDBio is a DNA synthesis company with laboratories in Southampton and at the Oxford Science Park.
The company is seeking to employ an experimental chemist to work in their Southampton laboratory.

The position involves the synthesis and analysis of chemically modified DNA and RNA for applications in biology and nanotechnology. Applicants should have a good Master’s degree in Chemistry and an interest in Biotechnology. If you would like to obtain further information please contact Dr Joanna Sobek-Brown at the following email address: jo@atdbio.com.


BBSRC Studentships Available - Artificial Intelligence, Diamond, Pirbright, iCASE - 2018 Entry
*Home and EU students only are eligible
We are delighted to announce that we have four fully-funded* BBSRC NPIF studentships in the fields of artificial intelligence and machine learning for entry in 2018. Information on how to apply can be found here: http://www.biodtp.ox.ac.uk/how-apply/bbsrc-artificial-intelligence-npif-studentships-2018.html

The list of projects available for the students to choose from can be found here: http://www.biodtp.ox.ac.uk/npif2018projects.html

In addition to these four studentships we have two iCASE studentships available: http://www.biodtp.ox.ac.uk/node/990.html and two Diamond and Diamond-Pirbright studentships:http://www.biodtp.ox.ac.uk/how-apply/diamond-studentships-2018.html

Please could you ask all queries to be directed to  Lorraine Damerell, iCASE Programme Administrator and Finance Officer dtpenquiries@biodtp.ox.ac.uk 



University of Birmingham have an excellent one year masters programme leading to careers in the nuclear decommissioning and waste management industry, which offers long term, well paid, secure jobs for qualified people.

This one year Masters programme in Nuclear Decommissioning and Waste Management (NDAWM) is suitable for graduates from a wide range of subjects, such as engineering disciplines, physics, mathematics, metallurgy/materials science, chemistry, etc.  We are still taking applications for the next academic year (starting at the beginning of October 2018).

•                    Funding for students is available (subject to grades and interview results) 

•                    Industrial master project placements available.

•                    Offers are made typically to students with at least a 2.2 degree (or equivalent)

More information on the course and its syllabus can be found at:

If you have any further questions regarding the MSc programme, please don't hesitate to contact Dr Tzany Kokalova Wheldon SFHEA -   t.wheldon@bham.ac.uk  


The MRC London Institute of Medical Sciences currently have three fully funded PhD positions available:

  • A 3 year BHF funded studentship in the Lymphocyte Development research group, under the co-supervision of Professor Amanda Fisher, Professor Paul French, Dr James McGinty and Dr Matthew Van de Pette. This BHF studentship covers all tuition fee payments as well as a generous tax-free stipend, paid directly to the student, amounting to £22,278 pa.
  • A 3.5 year EPSRC funded studentship in the Behavioural Genomics research group, under the supervision of Dr Andre Brown. This EPSRC studentship covers all tuition fee payments as well as a generous tax-free stipend, paid directly to the student, amounting to £21,000 pa.
  • A 3.5 year MRC funded studentship in the Lymphocyte Develoment research group, under the co-supervision of Professor Matthias Merkenschlager and Professor Daniel Rueckert. This MRC studentship covers all tuition fee payments as well as a generous tax-free stipend, paid directly to the student, amounting to £21,000 pa.

Full project descriptions for each, application deadlines and instructions can be found on our website: 


Crick PhD Programme - Cancer Research UK (CRUK) Funded PhD Project

Please note: non-EU nationals are not eligible for the funding for this project.

We are looking for talented and motivated graduates or final year undergraduates, who hold or expect to gain a first/upper second-class honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject. Applicants should have appropriate research experience as part of, or outside of, a university degree course and/or a Masters degree in a relevant subject. We are keen to attract outstanding applicants who are committed to doing a PhD. 

Applications are now open and close at 12:00 noon (GMT) on Monday 09 April 2018.

More details about the project and the application process can be found here: