PhD position in Hypervalent iodine reagents for late-stage functionalisation with University of Nottingham

Fully-funded 42-month organic chemistry PhD studentship available for UK students in the O’Duill group at the University of Nottingham ( Start date: October 2022. Application deadline: April 11th 2022. More information on below: 

Heteroatom alkylation is one of the most widely used reactions in medicinal chemistry. However, traditional approaches (Williamson/Mitsunobu reactions; metal-catalysed cross-coupling) are limited and there is a need for reliable methods for quick and selective alkylation of hindered nucleophiles. The aim of this PhD project is to address this challenge and develop new hypervalent iodine reagents for late-stage alkylation. The specific focus of the project will be defined in collaboration with the successful applicant. 

The position is a 42-month, fully-funded PhD studentship starting in October 2022. This funding covers the payment of tuition fees at the UK/Home rate and gives you a tax-free stipend at the standard UKRI rate (currently £15,609 per year). Due to funding restrictions this position can unfortunately not be offered to EU or international students.  

The O’Duill group is based in the School of Chemistry, University Park, University of Nottingham (for more information on the group, see: During this project you will receive extensive training in organic synthesis and catalysis, reaction screening for methodology development and analytical techniques (NMR, MS, X-ray). You will also have the opportunity to present your research at conferences. 

We are looking for UK home students with an interest in organic synthesis and catalysis. If you are expecting to graduate by summer 2022 with a first or 2:1 degree in chemistry or natural sciences specialising in chemistry and are excited to develop new reagents in a dynamic and growing research group, we would love to hear from you. Please contact Dr Miriam O’Duill ( if you want to know more about the project or the research group.  

To apply, please:  

1.   Apply to the School of Chemistry via the link found on , stating Dr Miriam O’Duill as the potential supervisor. 

2.   Send your CV (max 2 pages) and a cover letter to 

The position will remain open until filled, but active review of applications will start on April 11th, so application by this date is highly recommended.  

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