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University of Cambridge: Automated Chemical Synthesis Enabled by Digital Molecular Technologies (EPSRC CDT)

Institution University of Cambridge
Department Chemistry
Study type Research


This cutting-edge Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Automated Chemical Synthesis Enabled by Digital Molecular Technologies (SynTech) aims to develop a new generation of leaders in synthetic chemistry research with a focus on Machine Learning & Artificial Intelligence-driven techniques.

The SynTech CDT will create a unique and rewarding research & training environment. Students from a range of backgrounds will work at the interface of scientific disciplines to automate chemical synthesis, accelerate the design & production of small molecules for any application, and in doing so address new translational challenges that will inevitably emerge.

The four-year programme will provide excellent interdisciplinary, cohort-based postgraduate training, with opportunities to learn about key subject areas such as:

  • chemical synthesis;

  • high-throughput experimentation;

  • sustainability of chemical processes;

  • process scale-up & model development;

  • computational parameterization;

  • machine learning & associated data-driven science;

  • chemical informatics; and

  • drug/agrochemical discovery.

During this time, students will complete a comprehensive Core Skills Training Programme in their first six months followed by an extended research project for the award of the PhD.

In addition, they will be equipped with a broad set of complementary scientific skills including ethics and integrity, science communication in media, business & research. As such, there is a non-compulsory opportunity to participate in entrepreneurship leadership skills training through the framework of an innovation development project. There is also the possibility to undertake a 2-3month placement in a partner company.

Doctor of Philosophy - PhD

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