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Associate Professorship (or Professorship) of Theoretical Organic Chemistry with Tutorial Fellowship at Hertford College 

Applications are invited for the post of Associate Professor (or Professor) of Theoretical Organic Chemistry in the Department of Chemistry. The successful candidate will also be appointed to a Tutorial Fellowship at Hertford College.

We wish to appoint a candidate whose research interests involve applying advanced modelling and computational methods to understanding organic reactions (mechanism and stereocontrol) and/or use of computational methods in planning synthesis.

Grade 30S: Salary: Combined University and college salary from £46,336 to £62,219 p.a. (plus benefits).
Only applications received before 12.00 midday on 31 March 2018 can be considered. Further details

RSC logoRSC 2017 Prize & Award Winners 

A mini-symposium

Week 7 - Mon. 26th February, starting at 2pm in the PTCL lecture theatre

Prof Scott Prosser, University of Toronto, Mississauga
Jeremy Knowles Award
“How do protein dynamics contribute to catalysis and function?”

Prof Warren Warren, Duke University
Liversidge Award
“New Directions in Chemistry and Physics Improve Modern Molecular Imaging”

Prof Doug Tobias, University of California, Irvine
Soft Matter & Biophysical Chemistry Award
“Simulation studies of protein interactions and organization in crowded solutions”

Prof Stephan Rauschenbach, University of Oxford
“High Resolution Imaging of Individual Macromolecules and their Assemblies via Preparative Mass Spectrometry”

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Pfizer-sponsored Symposium prizesPfizer-sponsored Symposium prizes

Many congratulations to Sam Chan (JWB group), Heyao Shi (DJD group), Florence Downs (HB group) and Moses Moustakim (DJD group and Paul E. Brennan group, Structural Genomics Consortium, Target Discovery Institute,) for winning prizes for poster presentations
President-Elect of the RSC Faraday DivisionPresident-Elect of the RSC Faraday Division

Professor Claire Vallance has been declared President-Elect of the Royal Society of Chemistry's Faraday Division. The Faraday Division provides a forum for physical and biophysical chemistry, molecular and chemical physics and theoretical chemistry
ABInBev PrizesABInBev Prizes

The Department of Chemistry was delighted to present the prizes generously sponsored byABInBev at the Departmental Prize giving ceremony on 12 October 2017.

These five prizes are awarded to 2nd year undergraduates who have shown excellence in the

Bruker PrizesBruker Prizes

The Department of Chemistry was delighted to present the prizes generously sponsored by Bruker at the Departmental Prize giving ceremony on 12 October 2017. These three prizes are awarded to 1st year undergraduates who have shown excellence in the field
GlaxoSmithKline Prizes 2017 PresentationGlaxoSmithKline Prizes 2017 Presentation

The Department of Chemistry was very pleased to welcome Dr Jacob Bush to present the GlaxoSmithKline Awards at the Departmental Prize-giving:

The GlaxoSmithKline 3rd Year Undergraduate Prizes in Practical Organic Chemistry

Callum Hall (Part

GlaxoSmithKline Prizes 2017 PresentationGlaxoSmithKline Prizes 2017 Presentation

The Department of Chemistry was very pleased to welcome Dr Jacob Bush to present the GlaxoSmithKline Awards at the Departmental Prize-giving:

The GlaxoSmithKline Awards in Organic Chemistry Part II

Alistair Sterling – 1st prize (Part II

Scientific glassblowing – a crucial but endangered craftScientific glassblowing – a crucial but endangered craft

The weekend edition of the Guardian features an interview with Terri Adams, Scientific Glassblower for the Department of Chemistry, in which she talks about her career and the challenges of maintaining this important skill for the future. Earlier this
President-Elect of the Royal Society of ChemistryPresident-Elect of the Royal Society of Chemistry

Professor Dame Carol Robinson, interviewed by the Royal Society of Chemistry, shares some reflections on her extraordinary career and her thoughts on her upcoming term as President. Carol is a Fellow of the Royal Society and a Foreign Associate of the
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Open Access via ORA – the Oxford University Research Archive


ORA provides a home for Oxford's research outputs. Copyright-permitting, full-text copies of the Universtiy's publications are made available open access via ORA.

SBMProspective Synthetic Chemistry DPhil Students: Oxford Chemistry has 20 funded DPhil positions available via the new EPSRC CDT in Synthesis for Biology & Medicine (SBM CDT). Please visit the website for more details and how to apply. Why Choose SBM?

TMCSProspective doctoral students in Theoretical and Computational Chemistry: funded positions are available via the new EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Theory and Modelling in Chemical Sciences (TMCS). Please see the TMCS website for further details, including how to apply.

Early and mid-Career Research Fellowships

The Department seeks to support fellowship applications from outstanding individuals who are at a career stage where a prestigious independent fellowship would offer the opportunity to develop their research identity and become a chemistry research leader of the future.

If you are interested in applying for any early career research fellowship to be hosted at Oxford Chemistry you must submit an expression of interest to the Department, the next deadline for submission is 23rd May 2018 further details can be found here. For more information please contact the research facilitator staff.

Athena SWAN Silver Award Sept 2015

Athena SWAN bronze awardThe Department is delighted to announce that it has been granted an Athena SWAN silver award. The award recognizes the Department's commitment to addressing gender inequalities, to tackling the unequal representation of women in science, and to improving career progression for female academics.. more.


Teaching: Oxford Chemistry offers world-class teaching, consistently rated among the best in the UK. Students study a four-year course, a unique feature of which is spending their final year working full-time on a project with some of the leading researchers in the UK. more...

Alumni Magazine Periodic Sept 2017

Outreach: Engaging schools and the wider community in chemistry and science is an important activity for academic staff and students in the Department. Oxford Chemistry regularly hosts visits and events within the Department and takes part in local and national activities to demonstrate chemistry’s central role in everyday life. more...


Research: Oxford is one of the leading chemistry research departments in the world with around 80 academic staff carrying out international-level research, and an annual research income of around £15 million. According to the outcome of the REF 2014 assessment published Dec 18th 2014, 49% of the research profile submitted by Oxford Chemistry was regarded as 4* world-leading quality. The Department has not only the highest volume of 4* research of any UK Chemistry department- by some margin - but was also judged to have the top research environment. The Impact of the department’s research outside academia is also highly rated with over 55% in the 4* category.

The Department is currently engaged in a number of innovative themes of work including: Catalysis; Sustainable Energy Chemistry; Advanced functional materials; Synthesis; Interfacial Science; Innovative Measurement and photon science; Chemistry at the interface with biology and medicine; Kinetics, dynamics and mechanism; Theory and modelling of complex systems more...

EU Funded Training Centres:

Facilities: The department contains several small research facilities (SRFs), which are dedicated suites of equipment run by experts who aid in experimental design and optimisation. These facilities are some of the best equipped in the country, supporting chemical research and providing analysis for students within the Chemistry department, other departments within the University and industry alike. more...

Commercialisation: The Department has an unrivalled track record in protecting and commercialising the innovative work of research staff. Over £80 million in cash has been raised for the University as a result of spin out activities from research carried out by Oxford chemists. more...

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