Funded PhD position available

Applications are invited for a PhD scholarship to work in the McGarrigle group. The successful candidate will have or be expecting to gain a first class honours degree (or equivalent) in Chemistry. The start date will either be September 2015 or January 2016. The position will be filled once a suitable person is identified so early application is advised. The scholarship will be for up to 4 years stipend and fees (EU level) thanks to generous funding from University College Dublin. There will be a requirement to teach in undergraduate laboratories and tutorials.

Applicants should send a cover letter and a CV including the names of at least two people willing to provide a reference. See our ‘PhD vacancies‘ page for extra details and our publications and research page for more details of some of our recent research.

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Congrats Ren!

ImlirenlaWe congratulate Imlirenla on the completion of her MSc studies. Ren carried out her research project on the synthesis of new catalysts for stereoselective glycosylations in the group. She has submitted her thesis and did her oral defence of the thesis today. We thank Ren for her enthusiasm, great attitude, and hard-work on the project.

Eoghan speaks in Moscow

Eoghan gave a talk on organocatalytic glycosylations at 18th European Carbohydrate Symposium in Moscow (EuroCarb18). He presented some of the group’s recent results on the mechanism of glycosylations, including work by Gary, Avene, Nathan and Mairead. The talk was well received and sparked plenty of discussion.

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Farewell Jorge and Catalina

We say goodbye to Jorge and Catalina as their stay in the group comes to an end. We thank them both for their hard work. It was great to have them in the lab. We learned a lot from Jorge’s industrial experience; he made several compounds which are now in biological testing and we are hoping this will be the start of a fruitful collaboration with Gadea. Catalina made great headway in kick-starting a new research project in the group and was a great lab-mate. We wish them both every success for the future, and hope to keep in touch.