Ph.D. student in Chemistry, School of Engineering and Natural Sciences, University of Iceland

We have a vacancy for a PhD position at Department of Chemistry funded by University of Iceland Research Fund in Prof. Krishna K Damodaran’s group.

Title: Supramolecular gels as crystallising media for pharmaceutical compounds

Project: Supramolecular gels based on low molecular weight gelators (LMWGs) have been used for gel phase crystallization (Chem. Soc. Rev., 2014, 43, 2080, CrystEngComm, 2015, 17, 8130, Chem. Sci., 2017, 8, 78 and New. J. Chem, 2018, 42, 19963) but selective polymorph crystallisation and prediction of a particular compound is challenging due to the lack of information regarding the structural similarity between crystallization substrate and the gelator. The successful candidate will develop bis(urea/amide) gelators, which gel to give a fibre surface that chemically mimic to the target materials. The candidate will try to develop better and more efficient mechanism of supramolecular gel formation and their importance in isolating polymorphs. In addition, the candidate will have an opportunity to get hands-on experience in X-ray crystallography, which will enable the candidate to utilise this expertise in associated research areas.

The PhD fellowship: The PhD position is funded via the University of Iceland Research Fund.  With monthly stipend 425,000 ISK, before taxes. There is no tuition fee at the University of Iceland, only a nominal yearly registration fee, currently ISK 75,000. The position is for 3 years but can be extended to 4 years, depending on the availability of funding.

Prof. Damodaran’s research group: For details visit https://uni.hi.is/krishna/research/

The candidate: We are looking for an intelligent, hardworking and enthusiastic PhD student to design, synthesize and characterize supramolecular gels. The candidate should have an MSc. degree in Chemistry, a good knowledge of multi-step organic synthesis is preferred and interest for research at the interface with inorganic and/or materials chemistry will be beneficial. Valuable skills include analytical and interdisciplinary thinking, initiative and motivation to excel, as well as the ability and interest to collaborate with other scientists. It is essential that the candidate have an excellent command of the English language, both written and spoken.

The application: Applications should be sent to Prof. Krishna K Damodaran by email (krishna@hi.is) by 1st July 2019 with the subject line "PhD application [Your Name]." The application should include i) an informal cover letter (max 2 page), outlining the motivation for applying to this program, ii) a CV, iii) scanned official transcripts from both undergraduate and graduate studies, and preferably iv) a documented TOEFL score for non-native English speakers. The candidate should arrange to have three letters of recommendation e-mailed directly to Prof. Damodaran by the individuals providing recommendation (the candidate´s name should be in the subject line).