PhD Vacancies

A funded PhD position is available to start in the group in September 2022. The PhD position is funded by the SFI-EPSRC Atoms-to-Products Centre for Doctoral Training and BiOrbic. It is a 4-year position, with funding for stipend, EU-fees, consumables and travel. There will also be an opportunity for a placement in the University of Nottingham during the PhD. The topic of the project concerns the development of greener methods in synthetic Organic Synthesis.

There is also funding for a 1-year postgraduate position which could be an MSc or could be the first year of a PhD position for a suitable applicant.

Applications are welcome from students with, or expecting to gain, a 2:1 or first class honours BSc degree (or equivalent) or MSc. Experience in any area of modern Chemical Synthesis including organic and inorganic methodology, natural product and target molecule synthesis, organometallic chemistry, catalysis, asymmetric synthesis, flow chemistry, automation or carbohydrate chemistry would be an advantage. The closing date for applications is June 30th 2022 but the positions may be filled sooner if suitable applicants are identified so early application is advised.

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 those offered through the CDT (in Dublin and Nottingham), and attend group meetings, seminars and international conferences. They will develop advanced synthetic chemistry skills and gain particular expertise in the development of greener 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.

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 2021 opened in September. 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 2022. Interested candidates should contact Eoghan from late August – 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. For the UCD CSC Scholarship Scheme 2020 the expected deadline for UCD applications is end of January 2020. If you are interested in applying to the scheme for a start in 2020 please contact Eoghan from November 2019. 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 Eoghan 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

In 2021 Vanessa Becker joined the group funded by an IRC scholarship. In 2020 Kate Donaghy joined the group funded by an IRC scholarship. In 2019 Caoimhe Niland and Peter McDermott joined the group funded by SFI-funded scholarships associated with SSPC and BiOrbic SFI research centres. In 2018 Joseph Ruddy joined the group on an SFI-funded MSc scholarship and was then awarded an IRC scholarship to pursue a PhD. In 2017 Alex Horan joined the group on an IRC Scholarship, while Gaffney Kapito and Dionissia Pepe joined the group on SFI-funded PhD scholarships. 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