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Department of Chemistry

Current opportunities

General Information

Postgraduate projects undertaken in the Chemistry Department here in Durham cover all of the traditional areas of chemistry and other contemporary, often interdisciplinary topics. PhD projects are available each year that span all aspects of the Department's research activities.

  • It is important to note that funding is awarded throughout the year, which means that new projects regularly become available throughout the year, so please check this web page frequently for the latest information.

Individual supervisors should be contacted for further project-specific information, while general enquiries may be made to the Postgraduate Admissions Tutors:

All general enquiries: - Mrs Anne Carrahar
Postgraduate Admissions:
- Dr Steven Cobb
Director of Postgraduate Studies:
- Prof. Jon Steed

PhD positions to start in October 2015

The EPSRC funded Centre for Doctoral Training in Soft Matter and Functional Interfaces (SOFI CDT)

Up to 16 fully-funded four-year PhD studentships are available in the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Soft Matter and Functional Interfaces for October 2015 for graduates in the physical sciences including chemistry.
Initial deadline for applications is November 30th 2014.

The EPSRC funded Centre for Doctoral Training in Soft Matter and Functional Interfaces (SOFI CDT) provides industrially-integrated, postgraduate training in research, enterprise and innovation for future leaders in the soft matter industrial sector. SOFI CDT combines expertise from Durham, Leeds and Edinburgh universities, industry and central facilities. It brings together 50 academics from departments of Physics, Chemistry, Food Science, Biology, Engineering, Computing, (Applied) Mathematics and Durham University Business School.

For further information on SOFI CDT and how to apply please visit the SOFI CDT website: and
Informal enquiries can be directed by email to Prof Lian Hutchings (CDT manager)

PhD positions with individual members of staff

Development and characterization of nanostructured heterogeneous catalysts
Contact: Dr Simon Beaumont (

Theory of ultracold molecules: quantum mechanics of interactions and collisions
Contact Professor Jeremy Hutson (

Development of a Novel Liquid Crystal Based Immersion Oil to Achieve Enhanced Optical Resolution in Light Microscopy
Contact Dr R Pal (

Modular Development of Phase Modulation Nanoscopy
Contact Dr R. Pal (

Creation of cold, high density samples of trapped molecules
Contact Drs D Carty & E Wrede (

Formation and Breakdown of Micelles
Contact Professor C D Bain (

A new method for developing coarse-grained molecular simulation models with application to polymers and biopolymers
Contact Professor M R. Wilson (

Postgraduate Funding Opportunities


Postgraduate funding opportunities - find out more about scholarships available for postgraduate study.