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Applications are currently invited for a PhD Studentship, starting September 2022, in the School of Chemistry at the University of Nottingham. This project will focus on the development of new interpretable and interactive machine learning models and data-driven strategies for predicting consensus green chemistry metrics, enabling researchers to make AI-augmented rational assessments of different chemical synthetic routes.
The project will be supervised by Jonathan Hirst and is part of a major new award from the Royal Academy of Engineering Chairs in Emerging Technologies scheme. The project will involve close collaboration with a range of synthetic chemists with a specific focus on green and sustainable chemistry, via an EPSRC-funded Prosperity Partnership. The project will provide a range of experience in computer programming and the development and application of machine learning algorithms to chemistry.
Applicants should have or expected to achieve, at least a 2:1 Honours degree (or equivalent if from other countries) in Chemistry or a related subject.
An MChem/MSc-4-year integrated Masters, a BSc + MSc or a BSc with substantial research experience will be highly advantageous.
Experience in computer programming will also be beneficial.
If English is not the candidate’s first language, they must provide evidence before the beginning of the studentship that they meet the University’s minimum English Language requirements (IELTS 6.0 with at least 5.5 in each element).
The studentship is fully funded for 36 months. Stipend at the RCUK rate (currently £15,609 per annum) and tuition fees will be paid at the UK rate. International students will have to pay the difference between the UK and international fees.
The review of applications will start on Monday 14 March 2022, and the position will be filled as soon as a suitable person has been found therefore the applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.
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