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Funded positions

Funded PhD studentship on main group catalysis with ionic liquids
A 3-year, fully funded PhD position is available starting September/October 2019 in the Swadźba-Kwaśny group, co-supervised by Dr John Holbrey, at the QUILL Research Centre. The project scope combines two topical areas: Main Group catalysis and ionic liquids. The aim is to further the development of new ionic liquids with highly Lewis acidic cations, for applications in catalysis, in particular in carbocationic processes and as frustrated Lewis pairs.The project is suitable for an independent thinking, enthusiastic student, interested in a project spanning from synthetic inorganic chemistry, through physical chemistry (spectroscopic studies), to homogenous catalysis.

Eligibility: EPSRC rules
Contact: Dr Gosia Swadźba-Kwaśny (

Funded PhD studentship on water purification using ionic liquids
An industrial 3.5 years CASE sponsored PhD studentship is available for an outstanding and ambitious chemist to undertake research to explore applications of ionic liquid-based media for selective anion recognition and extraction from water. The successful candidate, based in the QUILL Research Centre supervised by Dr John Holbrey and co-supervised by Dr Gosia Swadźba-Kwaśny, will synthesise and develop new ionic liquid extractants designed to address the challenges of selective anion extraction and recovery.

Eligibility: EPSRC rules
Contact: Dr John Holbrey (

Funding sources

Postdoctoral Researchers
We welcome applications worldwide from candidates with high quality CVs and relevant experience. Post-doctoral researchers are particularly encouraged to apply for independent funding, such as:
Royal Society of Chemistry
Newton International Fellowships
Leverhulme Trust
EPSRC Postdoctoral Fellowships
Marie Sklodowska-Curie Research Fellowships
Candidates will receive strong support with these applications including assistance with research proposals.

Graduate Students
Self-funded students are welcome to contat me informally. If you plan to apply for a funding scheme, please contact me to discuss a potentia project beofre applying formally.

Undergraduate Students
Each year, we welcome Level 3 and 4 students for their final year research projects. Although individual projects vary, they follow the main research themes in the group. Each student works closely with a more experienced group member.

Undergraduate Summer Students
Funded summer studentships are available annually through various funding streams, including RSC and QUILL summer studentships. The deadlines for applications are quite early on in the year so students are encouraged to get in touch in advance to consider a potential application.