Undergraduate News


Items of interest principally to Part II students

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.

The Data Incubator

The Data Incubator is an intensive 8 week fellowship that prepares masters students, PhDs, and postdocs in STEM and social science fields seeking industry careers as data scientists.

The program is free for Fellows and supported by sponsorships from hundreds of employers across multiple industries. In response to the overwhelming interest in our earlier sessions, we will be holding another fellowship.

Who Should Apply: Anyone who has already obtained a masters or PhD degree or who is within one year of graduating with a masters or PhD is welcome to apply. Applications from international students are welcome. Everyone else is encouraged to sign-up for a future session.

Locations: In addition to the below in-person locations, we will have a remote online session:

•             New York City

•             San Francisco Bay Area

•             Boston

•             Washington, DC.

Dates: All sections will be from 2019-06-24 to 2019-08-16.

Application Link: https://www.thedataincubator.com/fellowship.html#apply?ref=wYWRtaXNzaW9uc0BjaGVtLm94LmFjLnVrCg==

Early Deadline: 2019-04-15
Regular Deadline: 2019-04-22

We are assessing and interviewing candidates who apply for the Early Deadline first and then based on remaining availability, will take candidates who applied for the Regular Deadline on a first-come first-serve basis.

Data Science in 30 minutes: Learn how to build a data-science project in our upcoming free Data Science in 30-minutes webcast. Signup soon as space is limited.


Fully funded EPSRC PhD studentships for October 2019 start- Huddersfield University

Fully funded EPSRC PhD studentships for October 2019 start

A number of fully funded PhD studentships are available at the University of Huddersfield as part of an EPSRC doctoral training programme in Materials Science, as detailed at http://hud.ac.uk/materialsdtp Studentships are open to UK and EU citizens with a 1st or 2:1 in a relevant subject and for UK applicants offer a tax free stipend at the standard EPSRC level (£15,009 for 2019/20) with 3 years of full funding and 12 months of write-up time if required.

In the “Irradiated excipients” project you will learn to apply Electron Paramagnetic Resonance (EPR) methods, including spin trapping techniques, to study radicals induced by radiation sterilization of pharmaceutical excipients. It is crucial for patient safety to ensure pharmaceutical are sterile, however in many cases the ingredients cannot withstand thermal sterilization methods so alternatives are required. Sterilization by γ-irradiation is a desirable method due to speed and cost, but can lead to generation of reactive free radicals leading to potential degradation of the product. In our previous work we showed that following γ-irradiation of L-histidine powder it is possible to trap free-radicals in solution, both upon dissolution of the irradiated solid in a spin-trap containing solution but also by contact with catalytic metal many minutes after dissolution. This generation of radicals in solution was unexpected and had not previously been observed, hence was of great interest to our collaborators in the pharmaceutical industry. In this project a detailed characterization of this new mechanism will be carried out by EPR, with experimental work supplemented by computational modelling of the solid state structures of pharmaceutical excipients to define the response of crystalline polymorphs of pharmaceutical excipients to γ-irradiation, and to determine avenues for radical quenching and production of radical inducing oxidants. We will regularly discuss results with industrial collaborators in the pharmaceutical industry.

Huddersfield is a small but vibrant town in West Yorkshire, close to the edge of the Peak District National Park. Many first time visitors are pleasantly surprised by the town with its abundance of impressive Victorian buildings including the Victoria Tower on Castle Hill overlooking the town, and the picturesque location within the rolling hills of “Last of the summer wine” country. Students in the town particularly enjoy the low cost of living compared to many larger cities, yet the amenities of Leeds and Manchester are easily accessible by train in just 20 or 30 minutes and for under £10 return.

The University itself has a strong tradition in Chemistry, tracing its origins back to the Young men’s mental improvement society founded in 1841, and over many years trained chemists to work in the local textiles and later chemical industries. The School of Applied Sciences is housed within the Joseph Priestley building which has recently undergone an £8.3 million refurbishment, and is currently being extended with an £18.2 million teaching lab wing set for completion in July 2019.

The project is supervised by Dr Chris Wedge and Dr Marco Molinari. Chris was a Part II with Prof C.R. Timmel, post doc with Prof P.J. Hore and Stipendiary Lecturer in Physical Chemistry at St Hilda’s College before leaving Oxford in 2013 – his full research profile is available at https://pure.hud.ac.uk/en/persons/chris-wedge

Full applications details are available at http://hud.ac.uk/materialsdtp with the application deadline 31st March 2019. Shortlisted applicants will be invited to Huddersfield for interview.

Informal enquiries should be sent to Dr Chris Wedge c.wedge@hud.ac.uk



Fully funded PhD positions-University of Fribourg, Switzerland

3 fully funded PhD positions in polymer chemistry, University of Fribourg, Switzerland

Area of research:
Organic synthesis, polymer synthesis, catalysis

Job description:
The candidate will be working in the area of living catalytic ring opening metathesis (ROMP) or the synthesis of helical polyaramid foldamers. The work in the laboratory will mainly consist of organic and polymer synthesis, small molecule and polymer characterization and imaging techniques such as AFM or TEM.
The duration of a typical PhD is 3-4 years.

The Chemistry Department at the University of Fribourg has an excellent infrastructure for the synthesis and characterization of small organic as well as polymeric compounds. The expertise in the research group (www.kilbinger.net) is in the area of organic synthesis, synthesis of precision polymers and the development of new methods for polymer functionalizations. 

Your profile:
The successful candidate will have a bachelor and masters degree in chemistry with an excellent mechanistic understanding of organic chemistry. Knowledge of polymer chemistry is advantageous but can also be acquired during the course of the PhD training. The candidate must be familiar with  Schlenk-technique, use of a glove box and standard organic chemistry characterization techniques. Very good organizational skills and fluent English both spoken and written is mandatory for the successful candidate.

Start of employment
The successful candidates are expected to join our research group on 1.10.2019

Application procedure
Please send a CV, including three names of faculty members that could provide reference letters, a letter of motivation and copies of degree certificates by email to andreas.kilbinger@unifr.ch.  Applications can be sent any time. The interviewing procedure, by Skype, will start no later than April 2019. 


University of Bristol - MSc in Nuclear Science and Engineering


MSc in Nuclear Science and Engineering

The MSc in Nuclear Science and Engineering at the University of Bristol exploits existing close inter-faculty collaboration to provide a rich, research-focused, postgraduate programme with significant industry input.

For further details, please see HERE


JSPS Summer Program 2019

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/