Marie Curie Early Stage Researcher 2019 (PhD Studentship), UCL, UK

Marie Curie Early Stage Researcher (PhD Studentship), UCL, UK

Designation/Position- Marie Curie Early Stage Researcher (PhD Studentship)

University College London, UK invites application for Marie Curie Early Stage Researcher (PhD Studentship) from eligible and interested candidates

Research/Job Area-  Chemistry

Location- University College London, UK


This is an exciting opportunity for a student with a strong chemistry background to tackle one of the biggest problems in science.

A Chemistry-based degree with a strong knowledge of Organic Chemistry is an essential requisite, while some expertise in nucleotide or peptide chemistry is highly desirable. 

The successful candidate must demonstrate eligibility according to the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions [1] eligibility requirements as an Early-Stage Researcher (ESR).

At the date of recruitment[2],

the candidate must be in the first four years (full-time equivalent research experience) of their research career and have not been awarded a doctoral degree.

A Master degree (MSc or MChem) in Chemistry or related area as well as knowledge of modern research techniques in Organic Chemistry is essential.

Job/Position Description- Applications are invited for a 36-month PhD Studentship fully funded by the H2020 Marie Sklodowska-Curie Action and available from March 2019. The successful candidate will be based in the Department of Chemistry at UCL and be registered as a PhD student at UCL. The successful candidate will also go on secondments (lasting 1 to 2 months) to different teams of the ProtoMet Consortium.

Salary (inclusive of London allowance) – £37,730 – £46,950 per annum (MCT Grade)

The successful candidate will join a group of highly motivated scientists (5 post-doctoral Research Associates, 6 PhD students and 3 MRes students) working at UCL to elucidate the chemistry that underpins the Origins of Life on Earth.

The student will gain experience of direct collaboration within the EU Marie Sklodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network (ProtoMet; GA # 813873), which is a European Training Network offering the opportunity to motivated international Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) to address the tremendous challenge of understanding how prebiotic chemistry gave rise to life by training a new generation of scientists to think big, but also to work methodically and logically alongside colleagues from academia and industry.

The student will contribute to the design, development and implementation of new chemical methods to explore catalysis, the chemical origins of life, peptide synthesis, nucleotide synthesis and reaction networks.

How to Apply- Applicants should include a CV and cover letter clearly explaining their interest in the ESR position and in investigating the origins of life and outline their eligibility for the ESR position.

To apply please click on the ‘Apply Now’ button below.

For Contact- Informal inquiries can be directed to Dr Matthew Powner – [email protected]

Any queries on the application process can be directed to Judith James at [email protected], and [email protected]

Last Date for Apply– 24 May 2019

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