PhD Studentships

Current PhD vacancies are listed below. See the postgraduate pages for more information on our PhD programmes.

Current Available Studentships

Computational Chemistry Studentships

Modelling Drug-resistance mutations and patient specific drug treatment for anti-cancer targets

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Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates for this three-year EPSRC funded position. The PhD studentship will be based in the Department of Chemistry at UCL, supervised by Professor Peter Coveney from the Centre for Computational Science, and co-supervised by Prof Francesco Gervasio from the Department of Chemistry and the Institute of Structural and Molecular Biology.

The emergence of drug resistance is a major problem in developing targeted therapies for cancer as we move toward the era of personalised medicine. The main goal of our research is to use state-of-the-art modelling and simulation to understand the effect of drug-resistance caused by mutations at the molecular level in protein kinases, a protein family involved in cancer onset and progression. The in-depth knowledge acquired by the student will be used to help developing better kinase inhibitors and patient specific anti-cancer treatments. The groups of Prof Coveney and Prof Gervasio specialize in the development and application of atomistic molecular dynamics simulations and free energy calculations to bio-molecular systems. Our work will be facilitated by access we have to supercomputers within UK, throughout Europe and USA, providing the student with experience of distributed, high performance computating.

This is a very exciting opportunity for a student with a strong chemistry, bio-physics, physics, engineering or computer science background to tackle the complexity arising in this fascinating area of biology and biomedicine. The minimum requirement is a first class or upper second class honours degree (MSci, MEng) or equivalent. Prior experience of experimental biology is not necessary.

Applications, including a full and up to date CV, together with the names and addresses (email and physical) of two academic referees should be sent as soon as possible to Prof P V Coveney, email p.v.coveney@ucl.ac.uk to whom informal inquiries may also be made.

The deadline for applications is 5 p.m. on Wednesday December 10th. Only UK resident students are eligible to apply.

2 x PhD projects in the London Centre for Nanotechnology and Chemistry Department of University College London

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Two PhD positions are available in Prof. Angelos Michaelides’ ICE research group in the London Centre for Nanotechnology and Department of Chemistry. The theoretical/simulation projects are aimed at applying and developing computer simulation approaches to better understand the formation of ice.

Applications for Research Engineers for the Engineering Doctorate Centre in Molecular Modelling and Materials Simulation - Prof Nora de Leeuw

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Summary: Applications are invited for Research Engineers for the Engineering Doctorate Centre in Molecular Modelling and Materials Simulation. The Engineering Doctorate Centre is jointly run by the Departments of Chemistry, Earth Sciences and Physics and the Birkbeck Industrial Materials Group. All the Departments have significant (internationally-leading) research programmes in the area of materials computer modelling over a range of length- and time-scales.

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Inorganic and Materials Chemistry Studentships

2 x PhD projects in the London Centre for Nanotechnology and Chemistry Department of University College London

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Two PhD positions are available in Prof. Angelos Michaelides’ ICE research group in the London Centre for Nanotechnology and Department of Chemistry. The theoretical/simulation projects are aimed at applying and developing computer simulation approaches to better understand the formation of ice.

Regeneration of Hydrogen Storage Materials

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Title: EPSRC CASE PhD Studentship

Reference: 1373649

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Biological and Organic Chemistry Studentships

2 PhD positions in Organic and Biological Chemistry 

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Dr Matthew W. Powner, Organic and Biological Chemistry (matthew.powner@ucl.ac.uk)

Modelling Drug-resistance mutations and patient specific drug treatment for anti-cancer targets

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Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates for this three-year EPSRC funded position. The PhD studentship will be based in the Department of Chemistry at UCL, supervised by Professor Peter Coveney from the Centre for Computational Science, and co-supervised by Prof Francesco Gervasio from the Department of Chemistry and the Institute of Structural and Molecular Biology.

The emergence of drug resistance is a major problem in developing targeted therapies for cancer as we move toward the era of personalised medicine. The main goal of our research is to use state-of-the-art modelling and simulation to understand the effect of drug-resistance caused by mutations at the molecular level in protein kinases, a protein family involved in cancer onset and progression. The in-depth knowledge acquired by the student will be used to help developing better kinase inhibitors and patient specific anti-cancer treatments. The groups of Prof Coveney and Prof Gervasio specialize in the development and application of atomistic molecular dynamics simulations and free energy calculations to bio-molecular systems. Our work will be facilitated by access we have to supercomputers within UK, throughout Europe and USA, providing the student with experience of distributed, high performance computating.

This is a very exciting opportunity for a student with a strong chemistry, bio-physics, physics, engineering or computer science background to tackle the complexity arising in this fascinating area of biology and biomedicine. The minimum requirement is a first class or upper second class honours degree (MSci, MEng) or equivalent. Prior experience of experimental biology is not necessary.

Applications, including a full and up to date CV, together with the names and addresses (email and physical) of two academic referees should be sent as soon as possible to Prof P V Coveney, email p.v.coveney@ucl.ac.uk to whom informal inquiries may also be made.

The deadline for applications is 5 p.m. on Wednesday December 10th. Only UK resident students are eligible to apply.

‘Potassium Alkoxides in Transition Metal Free Synthesis and Catalysis’

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PhD Project

A PhD position is available working with Dr. J. D. Wilden on the development of organic reactions promoted by group 1 alkoxides.

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Physical Chemistry Studentships

PhD in Active Matter at University College London

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A fully funded PhD studentship is available in the UCL Chemistry Department to work with Dr. Giorgio Volpe on the experimental study of active matter systems as autonomous agents to localize, pick up, and deliver nanoscopic objects, e.g., in catalysis, bioremediation, chemical sensing and drug delivery.

Scanning Probe Microscopy Studies of a Model Au–Ceria Catalyst

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3 Year PhD Studentship: Scanning Probe Microscopy Studies of a Model Au–Ceria Catalyst

Supervisors: Prof. Geoff Thornton (UCL), Prof. Masahiko Tomitori, Dr. Akira Sasahara (JAIST, Japan)

2 x PhD projects in the London Centre for Nanotechnology and Chemistry Department of University College London

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Two PhD positions are available in Prof. Angelos Michaelides’ ICE research group in the London Centre for Nanotechnology and Department of Chemistry. The theoretical/simulation projects are aimed at applying and developing computer simulation approaches to better understand the formation of ice.

Atomic scale imaging and local spectroscopy of CeO2 - Prof Geoff Thornton

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PhD Studentship
London Centre for Nanotechnology
University College London
Summary: Applications are invited for a 4-year PhD studentship. The aim of this project is to provide an understanding of the chemical physics of single-crystalline CeO2 in relation to hydrogen production.

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