Postgraduate research opportunities

Tuned Iridium Catalysts to Deliver an Array of Synthetic Efficiency and Selectivity

This project will specifically expand upon Professor Kerr’s iridium-based catalysts for application in a portfolio of important transformations in organic synthesis and of direct relevance to the pharmaceutical industry.

Number of places

1

Funding

Home fee, Equipment costs, Travel costs, Stipend

Opens

29 April 2021

Deadline

20 May 2021

Duration

This 3.5 year studentship is available starting October 2021.

Eligibility

Applicants must have, or expect to obtain, a strong MChem (or equivalent) degree as a requirement of the funding. Additionally, the position is well suited to students with significant experience in Synthetic Organic Chemistry obtained either through industrial placement or as part of an MChem/MSci research project.

Project Details

The general interests of the Kerr laboratories cover a broad range of metal-mediated synthetic organic chemistry and, in particular, in the development of new preparative techniques, the creation of asymmetric processes, and the use of these emerging methods in total synthesis programmes.

The available project will specifically expand upon Kerr’s iridium-based catalysts for application in a portfolio of important transformations in organic synthesis and of direct relevance to the pharmaceutical industry. More specifically, Kerr has been heavily involved in the development of new iridium-catalysed methods for C-H activation, including applications in hydrogen isotope exchange, hydrogenation, and C-C, C-O, and C-N bond formation, areas which are now primed to be appreciably extended.

The successful applicant will join an extremely motivated and industrious research team, and will receive elevated levels of training in the areas of preparative chemistry, organometallic-based synthesis, reaction mechanism, computational methods, and the associated analytical/spectroscopic requirements. 

Funding Details

This studentship is funded in collaboration the world-leading pharmaceutical company, GSK, for a duration of 3.5 years.  

How to apply

Please submit your application by e-mail to Dr Laura C. Paterson (laura.c.paterson@strath.ac.uk), which should include:

  • a cover letter, detailing your experience and motivation for PhD studies
  • a CV with two referees’ details included
  • Full transcripts from your undergraduate degree and any previous postgraduate studies
  • Other pertinent information (e.g., publications, awards, and other distinctions)