Opportunities

Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Open Position: Deadline for Applications 15 September 2020

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral research position under the joint supervision of Dr Euan Kay and Prof. Douglas Philp. The project will bring together colloidal nanoparticles and systems chemistry to make “replication enabled” nanoparticles.

This new collaboration aims to pioneer the interface between systems chemistry and nanochemistry. It represents an exciting opportunity for an ambitious postdoctoral scholar with excellent skills in synthetic and supramolecular or nano-chemistry.

Funded by the Leverhulme Trust, this post will be offered on a fixed-term contract and is available for up to three years.

Interested candidates should contact Euan at the earliest opportunity.

Further details and the formal application procedure can be found at the University of St Andrews Vacancies pages.

Postdoctoral Fellowships

We are always looking for talented and enthusiastic postdoctoral co-workers to join us, and are happy to support fellowship applications from suitably qualified candidates. If you are interested in applying for postdoctoral funding, please consider your eligibility for appropriate schemes carefully, and then contact Euan well in advance of any deadline for assistance in preparing your application. Please send your CV and a covering letter including a brief summary of your previous research experience and your motivation for pursuing research in our group.

Ph.D. Studentships

Research in our group lies at the interface of supramolecular chemistry and nanomaterials. All our Ph.D. projects will give you a strong interdisciplinary training in molecular synthesis, nanomaterials synthesis and the methods of supramolecular and physical–organic chemistry. Students will gain hands-on experience with a wide variety of techniques, including NMR, UV-Vis, and IR spectroscopies, mass spectrometry, electron microscopy (TEM and SEM), dynamic light scattering and thermogravimetric methods.

Funded Ph.D. studentships are available from the School of Chemistry on a competitive basis. You can apply at any time, however, awards are normally made in late spring or early summer for studentships starting in autumn. If you are interested in applying for a scholarship, you are encouraged to contact Euan as early as possible, including your CV (with qualifications and grades achieved so-far) and a short cover letter detailing your motivation to study with us.

Click to find out more about School of Chemistry studentships and making a formal application.

There are also annual calls for Ph.D. studentships in catalysis-related projects available through the East of Scotland Industrial Catalysis (EaSI-CAT) Doctoral Training Centre. Please see the EaSI-CAT website for more information and how to apply. Candidates from China are also encouraged to apply to the University of St Andrews – China Scholarship Council scheme. Candidates interested in any of these opportunities should contact Euan well in advance of the scheme deadlines to discuss their application.

At times, we also have scholarships from other funding sources. These will be advertised here when available.

If you have your own source of funding and are interesting in joining us to study, please also get in touch with Euan in the first instance, including details of the funding you have secured.

Summer Placements and Internships

We are very happy to welcome undergraduate students (from St Andrews or further afield) into the group for short placements – whether over the summer or at other times of year. Often these positions are unfunded, but please get in touch with Euan in the first instance to discuss possibilities.

St Andrews MChem and BSc Honours Projects

Prospective project students are welcome to discuss potential projects at any time. You will find the summaries of the specific projects we are offering each year on the CH4442/CH5441 module website, however there is often scope for modifying projects to suit specific interests so please contact Euan to make an appointment and/or have a chat with other students or post-docs in our group about the work we do.