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Subject: 18.04.07 Fully funded PhD studentship in Computational Chemistry: Unraveling Selectivity and Catalysis in (bio)molecular Systems
Applications are invited for a 3-year fully funded PhD studentship in Computational 
Physical Organic Chemistry in the group of Dr Fernanda Duarte at the School of 
Chemistry, Edinburgh ( Start date September 2018, stipend 14.5k pa. 
Deadline: 15th of May 2018, 17:00 UK

We look for a talented PhD candidate to join our team. In our research we use 
computational methods to understand fundamental problems in (bio)organic 
chemistry and to guide exciting new experiments. We interact closely with leading 
experimental groups in chemistry and biology. 

In this research we will implement novel computational protocols to unravel physical 
and chemical principles underlying selectivity and catalysis in (bio)molecular systems. 
We will use this knowledge to guide the design of new biomimetic catalyst. 
This project will employ state-of-the-art quantum chemistry, molecular dynamics, 
and new developments in hybrids QM/MM approaches. 

A suitable candidate should possess, or expect to obtain, a first class or upper-second 
class undergraduate degree (or equivalent) in chemistry, physics or related subject. 
Successful candidates should have a strong interest in physical chemistry, chemical 
physics, modelling and computation, as well as enthusiasm for (learning) programming. 
Other essential attributes are: a demonstrated ability to work well in a team and good 
communication skills, both written and oral. In the first instance, informal enquiries 
(accompanied by a CV, covering letter, and contact details of two referees) should be 
directed to Dr Fernanda Duarte. fernanda.duarte[at]

For the formal application procedure see: 
Eligibility: Primarily UK residents, but outstanding EU candidates may be considered, 
for details see 
Applications will be considered until an excellent candidate has been identified.

The School of Chemistry ( has an extremely strong research 
reputation. The Universities of Edinburgh and St Andrews have formed EaStCHEM, 
the leading Chemistry research school in Scotland, and the largest in the UK. 
The University of Edinburgh is one of the largest and most successful universities in 
the UK with an international reputation as a centre of excellence, and is consistently 
ranked as top-10 in Europe and top-20 in the world according to international 
university rankings. Edinburgh is the capital of Scotland, with a handsome historic city 
centre, stunning natural beauty and a vibrant cultural life. 

The School of Chemistry holds a Silver Athena SWAN award in recognition of our 
commitment to advance gender equality in higher education. The University is a 
member of the Race Equality Charter and is a Stonewall Scotland Diversity Champion, 
actively promoting LGBT equality. The University has a range of initiatives to support 
a family friendly working environment. See our University Initiatives website for further 
information. University Initiatives website:

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