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PhD Studentship – Multi2HyCat: MULTI-site organic-inorganic HYbrid CATalysts for MULTI-step chemical process

School of Chemistry

Location:  Highfield Campus
Closing Date:  Friday 30 November 2018
Reference:  1055418EB

Research & Development project funded by EU in the Horizon 2020 programme            

Project start date: 03 January 2019

Applications will be considered in the order that they are received and the position will be considered filled when a suitable candidate has been identified

PhD Description:  

We are seeking an enthusiastic and motivated postgraduate applicant who will contribute to the implementation of EU sustainability initiatives, through the validation of novel concepts in hybrid materials design for heterogeneous catalysis.  The applicant will join a vibrant and well-established research group who are interested in the discovery and design of novel catalytic materials that address fundamental challenges in the chemical, environmental and energy landscape. This project will focus on evaluating the catalytic potential of hybrid materials, with a view to establishing their proficiency in industrially significant fine-chemical and pharmaceutical transformations. Developing innovative design strategies for creating multifunctional, hybrid heterogeneous catalysts and evaluating their potential in asymmetric catalytic transformations will be undertaken.  The candidate will develop proficiency in synthetic chemistry and heterogeneous catalysis, by working alongside world-leading academic and industrial partners.

The project is funded for 3 years and welcomes applicants from the UK and EU who have or expect to obtain at least an upper second-class (2:1) degree in Chemistry or allied subjects/relevant disciplines. Funding will cover fees and a stipend at current research council rates (201819) of £ 14,777 per annum. 

Due to funding restrictions this position is only open to UK/EU applicants who meet the RCUK eligibility criteria.

Applications for a PhD in Chemistry should be submitted online at

Please ensure you select the academic session 2018-19 in the academic year field and click on the Research radio button.  Enter Chemistry in the search text field.

Please place Prof Robert Raja and Dr Ramon Rios in the field for proposed supervisor/project.

General enquiries should be made to Prof Robert Raja at or Dr Ramon Rios at   Any queries on the application process should be made to

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