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Associate Professor / Professor of Physical and Theoretical Chemistry (2 posts)

Applications are invited for two posts of Associate Professor (or Professor) of Physical and Theoretical Chemistry in the Department of Chemistry. The successful candidates will also be appointed to a Tutorial Fellowship at either Merton College (position one) or Wadham College (position 2) under arrangements described in the Job Description and Person Specification.

The 1916 Centenary Campaign

As we celebrate the centenary of the Dyson Perrins Laboratory and build new state-of-the-art teaching laboratories, we are pleased to announce the launch of the 1916 Centenary Campaign. Find out here how you can support the project and dedicate a crucial part of the new labs.

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RSC Poster Symposium Prize for Martin PeeksRSC Poster Symposium Prize for Martin Peeks

Congratulations to Martin Peeks for winning a prize for his poster titled “Aromaticity and antiaromaticity in a molecular nanoring” at the RSC Organic Division Poster Symposium in London on 5 December. Martin is a D.Phil. student in Harry Anderson’s
Salters’ Graduate Prize for Alice GreenSalters’ Graduate Prize for Alice Green

Graduate student Alice Green has won the 2016 Salters' Graduate Prize. Alice was recognised for her work at St Andrew's University before she came Oxford to join Professor MacKenzie's research group. Alice was presented with her prize at the Salters'
Oxford Chemistry Alumnus Rob Simion launches Enzbond, a new biotechnology companyOxford Chemistry Alumnus Rob Simion launches Enzbond, a new biotechnology company

EnzBond, a new biotechnology company from Oxford University, has been formed to commercialise in-silico technology, which makes utilising enzymes in drug manufacturing both cost-effective and time-efficient. EnzBond's in-silico technology allows the
Nature paper by Professor Ben Davis HighlightedNature paper by Professor Ben Davis Highlighted

A Nature paper by Professor Ben Davis has been highlighted in the Telegraph, FT and DailyMail. The paper science discusses a crop spray which can boost farmer's wheat yields by one fifth, without the need for genetic modification. The team at Oxford
Lilly Prizes for Excellence in Organic Chemistry ResearchLilly Prizes for Excellence in Organic Chemistry Research

The Lilly Prizes for Excellence in Organic Chemistry Research are awarded by Eli Lilly and Company Ltd. They are awarded for excellence in the first year of postgraduate study and are assessed on the quality of experimental work, written submission
Protein disrupts cystic fibrosis biofilmsProtein disrupts cystic fibrosis biofilms

Professor Stuart Conway’s group and collaborators at Caltech have made progress in the fight against biofilms, layers of metabolically active but slowly growing bacteria embedded in a protective layer of slime that are resistant to antibiotics. The
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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 18th Jan 2017 further details can be found here. For more information please contact Katherine Rooke.

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.

Back from the Dead

2016 marks the 75th anniversary of the first human trials of penicillin. As news stories announcing antibiotic apocalypses and new superbugs grow, Back from the Dead, a new special exhibition at the Museum of the History of Science at Oxford University, charts the miraculous and precarious history of penicillin from the trials in the 1940s to the present day.


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 2016

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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