Opportunities


Please get in touch if you are interested in joining the group as we are always looking for talented and motivated scientists to assist in external fund applications.

PDRA Positions:

At the moment there are not funded positions available.

If you are interested in joining the group as a PDRA, please visit the postdoctoral fellowship opportunities webpage and indicate which funding schemes you have in mind when getting in contact with Aniello.

PhD Studentships:

We welcomes enquiries by email from potential PhD students from the UK and around the world who have (or are about to obtain) a good undergraduate degree in Chemistry or a closely related subject. However if your nationality is from a country outside the EU or the UK, you are classed as an overseas student and will normally have to provide your own sources of funding for maintenance and fees.

PhD Position on Synthesis Organo-silicon chemistry

A PhD position is available in the field of synthetic organo-main group chemistry. This project is in competition with other projects offered by the School of Physical Sciences for one of a number of EPSRC Doctoral Training Partnership and Vice Chancellor’s PhD Studentships.

The project will involve the synthesis of novel silanides under mild conditions and development of structure/property relationships for their reaction with simple organic molecules to give a deep understanding of this nascent methodology. The relationship between silane substituents and their reactivity towards alkenes will be established, and the stereocontrolled addition of silanides in chiral environments (e.g. chiral allylic and homoallylic alcohols, chiral additives and chiral ligands linked to the silanes) will be investigated to provide new routes to bio-active intermediates.

The successful candidate will be based at the University of Kent’s Canterbury campus, and work under the joint supervision of Dr Ewan Clark and Dr Aniello Palma, experts in main group synthesis and synthetic methodology development respectively.  The candidate will therefore receive well-rounded training in synthesis (including air-sensitive techniques) and characterisation (NMR, single Crystal X-ray diffraction, chiral resolution methods etc) and ample opportunity for personal development.

This PhD Studentship is due to start in September 2019.

Deadline for this position is February 8th 2019.

For further information or informal enquiries, please contact Dr Ewan Clark (Clark Group Website; e.r.clark@kent.ac.uk) or Dr Aniello Palma (a.palma@kent.ac.uk).

MSc Research Scholarships:

This is an exciting opportunity to join a dynamic research department. Please contact Dr Aniello Palma (a.palma@kent.ac.uk) to discuss potential research projects.