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Postgraduate Admissions


Applications are invited for a 4-year PhD studentship as part of the SynTech Centre for Doctoral Training under supervision of Prof Jonathan Goodman. The project, which will be in collaboration with the CDT's industrial partners, will focus on extracting data from the chemical literature to complement knowledge on organic reactions and to combine this with DFT calculations on the reactions and their variants. Databases will be constructed for the reactions of interest, which will include data on reaction conditions, yield, reaction selectivity, etc.. DFT models will be developed to reproduce those data, and to predict the outcome of new reactions which can then be tested experimentally. Machine Learning will be used throughout the project to analyse patterns in the literature data, in the DFT data and in the overall models.

The Goodman group has extensive experience of the DFT modelling of reactivity and selectivity in organic reactions, as well as expertise in handling chemical data. Further information is at:

Applicants must have (or expect to obtain) at least the equivalent of a UK upper second-class Master's degree in chemistry. The studentship will commence in October 2021 and will provide a maintenance grant and tuition fees at the UK rate. Non-UK applicants will be considered only if they qualify for the UK fees rate or are able to fund the overseas fees differential.

Informal enquiries can be sent to the SynTech CDT administrator (email:

To apply, please follow the instructions at:

Please quote reference MA26535 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

Key Information

Yusuf Hamied Department of Chemistry

Reference: MA26535

Dates and deadlines:

Monday, 3 May, 2021
Closing Date
Friday, 21 May, 2021