TWO Ph.D. Studentships Available in Chemical Biology

Commencing anytime in 2016 -2017

Opportunity: We are looking for TWO bright, diligent and courageous scientists to advance at the interface of chemistry and biology. The PhD students will develop novel artificial cofactors suitable to catalyse a wide variety of useful chemical reactions. This project is highly multidisciplinary, drawing on tools from organic chemistry, chemical biology, synthetic biology, molecular biology and organic chemistry. The PhD students will be able to enjoy learning techniques of organic synthesis, molecular cloning, gene expression, protein purification, chemical synthesis, and the use of various analytical instruments for biophysical characterisation, all of which are routinely used in both academic and industrial laboratories. Since this project is novel with no precedence in the literature, it is an excellent opportunity to publish a series of peer-reviewed articles with increasing impact.


Candidate: We expect that the students will gain a thorough training in synthetic biology and be rewarded with a highly stimulating project that will shape a novel research area. Applicants therefore should have, or expect to obtain, a minimum of an upper second-class honours degree (2:1) or European equivalent and a Masters in Chemistry, Biochemistry or a related discipline. The successful candidate will also have a strong background in biochemistry and organic chemistry. First-hand experience in a relevant area of chemistry such as enzymology and synthetic chemistry is highly desirable. Lastly, the applicant will likely work at different locations in the UK and EU. Please note that this studentship only covers the UK/EU tuition fees.

Application: Interested applicants should send their curriculum vitae (including all University course grades to date) and the contact details of at least 2 academic referees to Dr Louis Luk ( Applications will be evaluated on an ongoing basis until the position is filled. For more information and informal enquiries, please contact Dr Louis Luk ( with the subject heading “Ph.D. in Synthetic Biology”.


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