Department of Chemistry   University of Oxford

Applications are invited for the THREE postgraduate studentships detailed below. Each is for three years and the student will be located in the new Central Research Laboratory with its state of the art instrumental and laboratory facilities.

  1. A three year EPSRC funded studentship from October 1st 2004 to work with Professor D. O’Hare. The project involves the synthesis of novel organometallic catalysts with the aim of finding new active catalysts for the reductive chlorination of polychlorinated compounds (PCB’s)
  2. A three year EPSRC CASE studentship from October 1st 2004 in collaboration with GE Healthcare (formerly Amersham International plc) to work with Professor J.R. Dilworth. The project involves the synthesis characterisation and testing of new technetium complexes for use in diagnostic medical imaging.
  3. A three year postgraduate studentship in collaboration with Infineum UK, Abingdon, from October 1st 2004, to work with Professor J.R. Dilworth. The project involves the synthesis and characterisation of novel inorganic clusters and an investigation of their controlled decomposition to give materials of interest as high efficiency lubricants and antioxidants.

Informal enquiries should be addressed as soon as possible to Professor O’Hare ( or Professor Dilworth (

Graduate Studentships in Chemistry

Applications are sought from outstanding students of any nationality who wish to study for a doctorate in Chemistry, commencing October 2004.

The Chemistry Department, which has the largest graduate school in the University of Oxford, has superb facilities that support an extremely wide range of research areas across the chemical spectrum.

Details of research programmes and supervisors can be found by following the links from

Applicants should have, or expect to obtain, a first class honours degree, or equivalent qualification, in Chemistry or a related discipline.

If you are interested in applying for a doctorate in Chemistry, please send a letter of application [e-mail applications are not acceptable], indicating as closely as possible the research area and/or preferred supervisor, together with a CV and names and addresses (including email) of two referees to Professor W G Richards, Chairman of Chemistry (GS), Central Chemistry Laboratory, South Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3QH.

We will make offers on the basis of applications submitted by 27 February 2004, in the first instance, although we will consider later applications if funding is available. Overseas applicants should be aware that parallel scholarship applications must be submitted to the University very early in 2004; see


Marie Curie Training Fellowships for Graduates (3-12 months)

Marie Curie Graduate Training Fellowships are available in association with Dr. John M. Brown, Dyson Perrins Laboratory, University of Oxford, subject to contract. Applicants should already be registered postgraduates in an institution in an EU member state or Associated State. Non-UK Nationals of EU or Associated States (or non EU nationals who are long term Community residents) are welcome to apply. For full details of eligibility see:

The successful candidates will spend a period of leave of between 3 and 12 months (preferably 6 months or longer) from their main Ph. D. studies to gain specific training in an area of catalysis allied to organic synthesis or mechanism. Return travel and a generous monthly stipend (1200 Euro) will be provided. Projects will be available in several areas - see : The Dyson Perrins Laboratory has excellent scientific and information resources for full support of these projects, and the research group has an international outlook with many exchanges and collaborations. Applications by current CV should be sent at any time to Dr. John Brown before the period of the intended visit (; a letter of reference from your Ph. D. supervisor should also be sent concurrently. Oxford University is an equal opportunities employer.

Full Ph.D. applications should alternatively be directed to Dr. Jeremy Robertson, see



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