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.

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/


Following on from the success of our event last year, Innovia Technology is hosting a careers evening on Tuesday 13 November 2018 in The Centenary Room at the Oxford Careers Service - which we hope will be of interest to your students.

The evening is an opportunity for students to understand what Innovia does, learn about the career opportunities available, and meet our consultants. This event is especially relevant for STEM, design, and behavioural science students who want to use their creativity in their career, enjoy working on a variety of different problems for world-class clients, and who relish the idea of working with colleagues with a range of different technical backgrounds. 

We offer both internships and permanent consultant roles, and we have a unique and friendly working culture which aims to ensure a healthy work–life balance.

If you would like to sign up to attend please drop me (Emma Cornwall) an email at recruitsupport@innoviatech.com  

Further information HERE.



MRC LMS - Multiple fully funded 3.5 year PhD Studentships available - registered with Imperial College London

Come and join our 2019 PhD programme at the MRC London Institute of Medical Sciences
We are seeking science graduates who are excited by scientific research, curiosity driven,
and tenacious to join our international PhD programme. Our research projects take innovative experimental and computational approaches to advance the understanding of biology and its application to medicine. Projects are available across our 3 scientific sections:

Epigenetics, Genes and Metabolism and Integrative Biology.

Studentships are available for UK and eligible EU graduates, and exceptional graduates fromother overseas countries.

Applications close: 9 December 2018

Further details HERE or contact Claire.smith10@lms.mrc.ac.uk



Over 30 fully-funded PhD studentships are available as part of the BBSRC-funded South West Biosciences
Doctoral Training Partnership (SWBio DTP)

These fully-funded 4 year PhD studentships* commence in September 2019 and are available across a wide range of bioscience academic disciplines. 

The SWBio DTP encompasses the universities of Bath, Bristol, Cardiff and Exeter, alongside Rothamsted Research. Together, these institutions present a distinctive cadre of bioscience research staff and students, with established international, national and regional networks, and widely recognised research excellence.

The aim of the SWBio DTP is to produce highly motivated and excellently trained postgraduates in the BBSRC priority areas of Agriculture & Food Security (AFS) and World-Class Underpinning Bioscience (WCUB). These are growth areas of the biosciences and for which there will be considerable future demand.

Further information about the SWBio DTP PhD programme can be found on the SWBio DTP website but please find below some quick links:

Available projects >>   

Please contact the listed Main/Rothamsted supervisor for further information about the project.

How to apply >>  

You will need to apply to the listed host institution of the project.

Eligibility requirements >>

Academic and residence criteria - includes information about what funding is included in the studentship.

The selection process >>

You will need to be available to attend a DTP interview day.

Application Deadline: Midnight, Monday 3rd December 2018

Apply now >>


Oxford Interdisciplinary Bioscience DTP Open Day

Are you interested in a Bioscience DPhil/PhD?
The Oxford Interdisciplinary Bioscience Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) programme is an innovative 4-year DPhil/PhD programme supported by the Biotechnology and Biosciences Research Council (BBSRC) that aims to equip a new generation of researchers with the skills, insight and knowledge needed to tackle the most important challenges in bioscience research.

The programme is led by the University of Oxford, in partnership with six world-class research organisations: The Pirbright Institute, Oxford Brookes University, Diamond Light Source, ISIS neutron source, STFC Central Laser Facility and the Research Complex at Harwell.

The course admits students who wish to conduct fundamental and applied bioscience research. Students from a range of backgrounds are encouraged to apply, including the Life Sciences, Physical Sciences and Computational and Mathematical Sciences. Research areas include Integrative Plant and Animal Biology, Mechanistic Molecular and Cellular Bioscience, Animal Health and Welfare, Crop Science, Biotechnology and Bioenergy.

To find out more information about the programmes held at the Doctoral Training Centre, come along to the Open Day on Wednesday 14th November 2-4pm. DTP Directors and students currently on course will give presentations on the programmes and application procedures followed by a networking session with DTP staff and students. Visit our website to register

If you have any questions, please contact the DTP Administrator, Jen Massey at dtpenquiries@biodtp.ox.ac.uk


Oxbridge Academic Programs – Summer teaching opportunity

For over thirty years, Oxbridge Academic Programs has helped adventurous and ambitious secondary-school students of every background come from across the world for an unforgettable summer in Oxford. We’re seeking energetic and enthusiastic graduates in 2019 to work on our programs as academic teaching staff. We’re looking for people with an excellent academic record, and the ability to be part of a close-knit team during an intense and rewarding month. We offer a room in College, breakfast and dinner in Hall each day, a competitive salary, and the chance to connect with students and colleagues from around the globe.

To apply, please email a CV and a brief cover letter to employment@oxbridgeprograms.com  .
The deadline is 14 December 2018.
Additional information is available online at www.oxbridgeprograms.com/employment


Warwick’s Medical Research Council-funded DTP in Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research

Apply by 15 November

Are you interested in a funded four-year studentship in biomedical research including a one-year MSc course that would provide interdisciplinary training for your PhD, along with research projects in two labs?  Would you like the opportunity to design your own PhD project with a supervisor, with the possibility of collaboration with industry or an international placement?  Then the Warwick MRC DTP in Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research may be the programme for you.  We are now recruiting for September 2019 entry

Key features of the programme

·         You will undertake an MSc year with two terms of taught modules (including frontier methods in  biomedical research, physical biology 
          of the cell and programming) and two 11-week lab projects.

·         You will design your three-year PhD project in collaboration with a supervisor.

·         There are four PhD project research themes available: Molecular, Cellular and Tissue Dynamics; Microbiology and Infection,
          Applied Biomedical Technologies; and Artificial Intelligence and Data Science.

·         This is a fully-funded programme, including fees, stipend, consumables and personal conference allowance.  You will also
          be able to apply for additional funding for high costs and special training.

·         You will be part of a friendly and supportive community of MRC DTP students, with regular DTP events such as visiting
          speaker seminars, skills workshops and DTP student conferences.

Find out more

·         See the attached flyer

·         MRC DTP website

·         How to Apply (including eligibility criteria)

·         Funding

·         Molecular, Cellular and Tissue Dynamics

·         Microbiology and Infection

·         Applied Biomedical Technologies

·         Artificial Intelligence and Data Science

Apply by 15 November 2018!  If you have any questions about this programme please email mrcdtp@warwick.ac.uk


EnterpriseWISE lunchtime talk by Prof Angela Russell

Tuesday 30th October 2018, 12-2pm - Wolfson Seminar Room, Chemistry Research Laboratory. 12 Mansfield Road, Oxford, OX1 3TA. 

Professor Angela Russell tutors Organic Chemistry at St John’s College and lectures on Heterocyclic, Aromatic and Pharmaceutical Chemistry and Natural Products Chemistry at Oxford’s Chemistry Department. Angela will discuss her enterprising work which has resulted in over 75 publications and patent filings to date and how she has founded two companies, MuOx Ltd and OxStem Ltd - a drug discovery company pioneering unique cell programming therapies to treat degenerative diseases with high unmet medical needs. This talk will start between 12pm and 12:15pm and will run through to 1pm, with time for a Q&A session.  From 1pm-2pm there will be an opportunity for networking and lunch will be provided for attendees.

Register here - https://cosy.ox.ac.uk/accessplan/LMSPortal/UI/Page/Basket.aspx?coursedateid=81792


Making the discoveries that defeat cancer - PhD Studentships at the Institute of Cancer Research


Please see attached a poster advertising PhD opportunities at the Institute of Cancer Research that some of you may be interested in.



Talented Oxford DPhil, graduate and undergraduate students are invited to apply for a place at Citadel’s only UK Datathon taking place on Saturday, 3 November hosted, this year, by Cambridge University.

The UK Datathon is hosted by Citadel LLC & Citadel Securities in partnership with Correlation One. The event will run from 8:00am-6:00pm at Cambridge University. Please note that Citadel will cover the cost of travel and one night hotel accommodations for invited students from outside the greater Cambridge area. Highlights include:

 ·         $25,000 in cash prizes! 

·         The chance to showcase your skills tackling a meaningful, real-world problem!

·         The opportunity to participate at The Data Open and win $100,000 in cash prizes!

·         Possible interviews with Citadel & Citadel Securities!

Sign up HERE to complete the Questionnaire, Assessment and Registration! Deadline for Registration is 28th October.

Anyone curious to see what a Datathon looks like can view this brief clip from our past Dublin Datathon!

If you have any further questions, please direct them to mert@correlation-one.com. Thank you, and we look forward to receiving your application.  


BBSRC-funded iCASE PhD studentship
Title: The use of marine macroalgae as nutritional resources for domesticated honeybees


Domesticated honeybees (Apis mellifera) are important for world food security because of the pollination services they provide to crops. Honeybee colonies are purchased or hired to pollinate fruits and vegetables at a cost of millions of pounds annually. Honeybees feed themselves by collecting and storing floral nectar and pollen. One of the greatest challenges beekeepers face in agro-ecosystems is finding habitat for their colonies that has sufficient sources of floral pollen. Pollen provides protein, fats, carbohydrates, sterols, and other micronutrients. When pollen is unavailable, it has become common practice of commercial beekeepers to use ‘pollen substitutes’ as a form of bee food. However, research from Wright’s lab has identified that commercially-produced pollen substitutes are missing key nutrients. 

Preliminary research in our labs has identified that certain species of marine macroalgae contain some of the rare nutrients found in pollen. Several companies in the UK and Europe now harvest seaweed for use as fertilizer, biofuel, and human and animal nutrition. One company based in Ireland (Hive Alive) is already marketing an extract of bladderwrack (Asconodum sp) as a health supplement for bees. It might be possible to use other species of seaweed as a food supplement for honeybees but the full nutritional benefits to honeybees of marine macroalgal extracts, however, are unknown. 

This project will investigate the nutritional value of common, commercially-grown seaweed extracts to adult worker honeybees. The student will work with phytochemists to characterize the chemical composition of and develop extracts from marine macroalgae . The extracts will be assayed in feeding experiments with bees in the laboratory and in the field alongside an experienced team of scientists and beekeepers. The student will learn to conduct feeding bioassays and measurements of bee health that include hypopharyngeal gland development, Varroa mite infestation, and incidence of Deformed Wing Virus.

More information 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.