PhD Vacancies

May 2017, PhD Vacancy: We have an open funded PhD position. Up to 4 years of scholarship for maintenance and fees is available for EU applicants thanks to funding from SFI. The project will involve the development of new methods for use in synthetic carbohydrate chemistry, especially for stereoselective glycosylations.

Applications are welcome from students with, or expecting to gain, a first class honours degree (or equivalent). Experience in any area of modern Chemical Synthesis including organic and inorganic methodology, natural product and target molecule synthesis, organometallic chemistry, catalysis, asymmetric synthesis, or carbohydrate chemistry would be an advantage.

Successful candidates will be encouraged to develop their chemical knowledge, technical skills and transferable skills. They will attend courses on the Dublin Chemistry programme and attend group meetings, seminars and international conferences. They will develop advanced synthetic chemistry skills and gain particular expertise in the development of catalysts for organic reactions. On graduation they should be well placed to pursue a career in either the chemical industry or as an academic researcher.

How to apply:

For enquiries, or to apply, please contact Eoghan by email: eoghan_dot_mcgarrigle_at_ucd_dot_ie. Applicants should send a cover letter and a CV including the names of at least two people willing to provide a reference.

Please apply by May 25th 2017. Interviews will be held in early June (either online or in-person depending on circumstances). Any applications received after this date will be handled on a rolling basis until the position has been filled. The successful candidate will start in September 2017, or earlier.

English Language Ability

If your mother tongue is not English, or you did not take your undergraduate through English, UCD requires a score of 6.5 in IELTS (minimum 6.0 in each band), or 600 in TOEFL (250 computer based, with test of written English at 475+), or a score of 90 in the Internet based TOEFL (iBT) with a score of at least 21 in the Writing Section. These scores must be obtained prior to starting a PhD. See the UCD International Office website for more details.

Further Potential Funding Schemes:

Science without Borders: Students from Brazil are invited to apply for a PhD scholarship through the ‘Ciência sem Fronteiras‘ scheme. The details of the scheme can be found at the following link: Science without Borders

Interested applicants should email me (see below).

Irish Research Council: The Irish Research Council have an annual call for postgraduate scholarships. The call for PhDs starting in 2017 has now closed. We would like to hear from potential applicants based within the EU who would be interested in applying to the scheme for a PhD to start in Autumn 2018. Interested candidates should contact Eoghan from August 2017 – it will take some time to prepare an application.irishResearchCouncil_logo_whiteChina Scholarship Scheme: University College Dublin and the China Scholarship Council (CSC) affiliated with the Ministry of Education of China have established a unique scholarship scheme to assist Chinese students to pursue postgraduate research in UCD leading to a PhD. Applications are accepted from Chinese students for either: a) a research visit to UCD for a period of 6-24 months as part of their doctoral education or b) a 4 year, funded, full time UCD PhD degree programme in UCD. The UCD CSC Scholarship Scheme 2017 is now open for applications. The deadline for UCD applications is 31st January 2017. If you are interested in applying to the scheme for a start in 2017 please contact Eoghan from November 2016. Further details of the scheme can be found here: UCD-CSC Scheme.

UCD VIED Scholarship Scheme: University College Dublin and the Ministry of Education and Training, Vietnam (MOET) are jointly offering PhD scholarships to students from Vietnam who intend to undertake a PhD in UCD. Further details of the scheme can be found here: UCD-VIED Scheme.

UCD Research-Demonstratorship Awards: University College Dublin awards a small number of scholarships every year. The awardees are required to teach in undergraduate laboratories and tutorials as part of their award. These will be advertised when available.

Candidates interested in applying to specific funding schemes are welcome at any time of year. Please contact me well ahead of any deadline for the funding scheme you are interested in.

For enquiries and applications:

email: eoghan_dot_mcgarrigle_at_ucd_dot_ie

All candidates interested in joining the group are encouraged to include possible sources of funding (scholarships they would be eligible for etc.) when making enquiries.

In 2016 Vincent Duong joined the group on a NUI traveling scholarship. In 2015 Róisín McCarthy joined the group as a PhD student funded by a UCD Research-Demonstratorship. In 2014 Martin Ferry joined the group after being awarded a scholarship from the Irish Research Council. In 2013 Nathan Allen joined the group as a PhD student funded by a UCD Research-Demonstratorship and Avene Colgan joined as a PhD student with funding from the Irish Research Council. In 2012 Gary Bradshaw joined the group on an SFI-funded PhD scholarship in Organic Chemistry. Funding for that project came through the award of a highly-sought-after SIRG award to Dr McGarrigle.UCD logo