Apply to carry out research in the HLA group

Applications to join our group are always extremely welcome from outstanding and enthusiastic Part II, PhD and postdoctoral candidates. Our main activity is organic synthesis, but we also have a strong interest in spectroscopy and physical organic chemistry, including photochemistry, electronic spectroscopy, photobiology, metal coordination chemistry and computational chemistry. Our projects cut across the traditional organic/inorganic/physical divides, and they often involve collaborating with physicists or physiologists. All members of the group learn about a wide range of chemistry and techniques. Please contact Harry directly by email if you would like further information.

Information specific to:
Part II
Summer Students/Internships
PostDoctoral Research

Section 1. Information for prospective Part II students (internal Oxford 4th year):
We have up to three Part II students in the group each year. Projects cover a wide range of topics, but they always involve synthesising new molecule and exploring the properties of these compounds, to learn how their behaviour relates to the molecular structure. Each Part II student works closely with an experienced postdoc or DPhil student. We frequently publish the results from Part II projects in international journals, and many Part IIs in our group have won thesis prizes.

If you have Oxford VPN access, you can view some of the projects that are available for starting in October 2018 by clicking here, and you can read the Part II theses of previous students in the HLA group by clicking here.

Contact Harry by email to discuss potential projects.

Section 2. Information for prospective visiting research students:
The HLA group occasionally hosts visiting research students during June to September, for secondments lasting 2-3 months, however we do not always have space to accommodate summer visitors. If you are interested in carrying out research with the group, you will need to secure a grant to cover your living costs and travel. You will also need to arrange for two of your current academic mentors to send Harry Anderson letters of recommendation. Contact Harry by email to discuss available research areas.

Section 3. Information for prospective PhD students:
Applications from highly motivated PhD candidates are always welcome. Please contact Harry by email to discuss opportunities. Note that candidates cannot be evaluated until they have officially applied.

Information on the application process and sources of funding can be found in the Oxford University Graduate Prospectus, which is online:

Also, please consult the Chemistry Graduate Admissions webpage.

You should also consider applying to the CDT in Synthesis for Biology and Medicine and/or the CDT in Biomedical Imaging.

Enquiries about D.Phil. applications should be addressed to:

Agnieszka Borkowska, Graduate Studies Administrator
Department of Chemistry, University of Oxford
Inorganic Chemistry Lab., South Parks Road
Oxford OX1 3QR
Tel: 01865 272569

Section 4. Information for prospective Postdoctoral Research Visitors.
Funded vacancies for postdoctoral research fellows in the HLA group are always advertised. We frequently host postdoctoral scientists with personal fellowships. Please contact Harry by email if you would like to discuss applying for a fellowship.

The links below provide details of other potential sources of funding:

The Royal Society, Newton Fellowships
Alexander von Humboldt Foundation
US Civilian Research and Development Foundation
Fulbright Postdoctoral Fellowships
Human Frontier Science Program
Lise-Meitner Stipend
Marie Curie Fellowships
Max Planck Society
NATO Science for Peace Program
Pasteur Foundation
Wenner-Gren Foundation

Latest update of this page: November 2017