Opportunities

PhD opportunity in synthetic chemistry and chemical biology, starting in October 2022!

We are looking to recruit talented and dedicated scientists to join us and work on new collaborative projects at the chemistry/biology interface. Two new projects supported by the BBSRC South Coast Biosciences (SoCoBio) doctoral training programme (DTP) are currently available, in collaboration with partner groups/institutions.

A PhD is demanding, and a strong knowledge and laboratory skills in synthetic organic chemistry will be essential. Exposure to other disciplines, for example biochemistry, molecular modelling, cell and structural biology and biophysical techniques to study protein: small molecule interactions is a plus but not essential. If you are interested in learning more about these projects, read the description:

Project 1: Small molecule probes of mutant p53 proteins (Baud/Spencer)

Project 2: Stimuli responsive Proteolysis Targeting Chimeras (PROTACs) (Goldup/Baud/Garrett)

More information on eligibility and application procedures can be found on the Socobio website (see “Apply” section). Note that these projects are in collaboration with partner academic groups and it is expected that the successful applicant will spend time (ratio tbc) at both institutions. For any other questions get in touch m.baud@soton.ac.uk!

PhD Positions:

If you are interested in a PhD in the Baud group then please get in touch via email: m.baud@soton.ac.uk.

Funded PhD opportunities:

All funded PhD opportunities will be advertised here, on https://jobs.soton.ac.uk/ and https://www.findaphd.com/ when they become available. PhD positions in our group are available each year, usually starting in October.

Applicants will need to meet the requirements of the University of Southampton to be considered. Those notably include a relevant academic background (chemistry or related), academic excellence demonstrated by suitable transcripts (minimum 2:1 or equivalent), and evidence of fluency in the use of English (usually IELTS 6.0-6.5).

Self-funded studentships:

We also welcome applications from highly motivated candidates of any nationality. International students will be required to meet the criteria mentioned above and must provide evidence that they can cover the cost of UK living expenses and tuition fees for a minimum of 3 years.

Potential candidates should contact Dr. Baud directly (m.baud@soton.ac.uk) to discuss eligibility for the position.

Internships:

We are never short of new scientific ideas, and always look to recruit highly motivated and dynamic scientists at graduate or undergraduate level to join and contribute to our research. We occasionally have opportunities to accept candidates for placements up to 12 weeks.

If you would like to gain experience abroad, consolidate your language skills, learn new scientific techniques and make a significant contribution to our group’s research, get in touch with Matt (m.baud@soton.ac.uk) to discuss potential opportunities to join the group as a visiting student.

Postdoctoral Positions:

We are always looking to recruit talented, creative and dedicated individuals with interest in medicinal chemistry and chemical biology. If you are interested in working in the Baud group then please get in touch via email. Projects in our lab span across several themes and disciplines hence we welcome applications from a variety of backgrounds: chemical synthesis, chemical biology, biochemistry, computational chemistry, etc. Funded opportunities to join our group will be advertised here and on https://jobs.soton.ac.uk/ when they become available.

However, if you intend to apply for your own funding to join our lab, for example through an independent fellowship, please get in touch by email: m.baud@soton.ac.uk. I will be happy to support your application subject to satisfactory references and eligibility.

A non-exhaustive list of postdoctoral funding sources can be found below, and may represent a good starting point:

- EU Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Individual Fellowships
- Postdoctoral Fellowships from EMBOFEBS, and HFSP
Wellcome Trust Fellowships
- the Royal Society Fellowships and the Newton Trust International Fellowships
SULSA Postdoctoral and Early Career Researcher Exchanges
The Leverhulme Trust

Several Postdoctoral Scholarships and Sponsorships are also available from the following countries:

- UK (The Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851)
- Germany (DAAD, DFG e.g. Walter Benjamin program and Alexandre Von Humboldt Foundation)
- Switzerland (SNF Postdoc Mobility and Early Postdoc Mobility)
- Denmark (Villum Kann Rasmussen Fonden)
- Finland (Academy of Finland and PostDoc Pool)
- Sweden and Italy (Foundation BLANCEFLOR Boncompagni-Ludovisi)
- Sweden (Swedish Research Council Vetenskapsrade)

- Netherlands (Rubicon grants)
- Spain (Beatriu de Pinos programme)
- Portugal (FCT - Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia)
- Australia (Australian National Health and Medical Research Council)
- Canada (CIHR and NSERC). The difference is basic science (NSERC) vs translational/medical impact (CIHR), this link will give a clearer picture.
- Japan (JSPS)
- United States (NSF)