Postgraduate Research Scholarship in Carborane-based Epigenetic Inhibitors

The University of Sydney is pleased to invite applicants to apply for a new opening PhD position in spectroscopy. The funds for this position are available for three years. The deadline for applying is November 06, 2018.

An opportunity is available for an outstanding PhD scholar in the area of boron-based drug discovery with the School of Chemistry in the Faculty of Science, The University of Sydney. In this project, carboranes as unique structural frameworks will be explored in the design and synthesis of small molecules that can inhibit epigenetic enzymes.

Applicants must BE currently enrolled in full-time studies in a PhD within the School of Chemistry in the Faculty of Science at the University of Sydney, and be willing to undertake research in the field of boron-based drug discovery.

Applicants must hold an Honours degree (First Class) in Chemistry at the University of Sydney.

Applicants must demonstrate excellent synthetic chemistry skills with a strong background in inorganic and organic synthesis and in the use of biological (enzyme inhibition) assays. Applicants must demonstrate proficiency in the spectroscopic characterisation of new compounds, including multinuclear NMR spectroscopy and mass spectrometry. Previous experience in carborane chemistry would be a distinct advantage.

The successful applicant will be awarded the Scholarship on the nomination of the relevant research supervisor(s) in the School of Chemistry.

The Scholarship will provide an annual stipend allowance equivalent to the minimum RTP rate (indexed to the RTP rate on January 1 each year) for up to three years, subject to satisfactory academic performance. The recipient may apply for an extension of up to 6 months.

Periods of study already undertaken towards the degree prior to the commencement of the Scholarship, will be deducted from the maximum duration of the Scholarship excluding the potential extension period.

The Scholarship is for commencement in relevant research period in which it is offered for and cannot be deferred or transferred to another area of research.

No other amount is payable. The Scholarship will be offered subject to the availability of funding.

Progression is subject to passing the annual progress review.

For further information please contact: Professor Lou Rendina


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