Applications are invited for an ERC-funded PhD studentship in the areas of bioorganic chemistry and catalysis applied to oligosaccharides.
Carbohydrates have emerged as important factors of molecular recognition in biology and medicine. Understanding the roles of these complex molecules, which are found on the surface of cells and as part of glycoproteins and glycolipids is of great importance. However, the synthesis of these oligosaccharide structures is still a challenging task.
The Galan group current research interests focus on the development of new catalytic methods for the stereoselective synthesis of glycosides, glycoconjugates and carbohydrate-based biological probes and their application to study healthy and disease (e.g. several types of cancer and inflammation) mechanisms in live cells.
The student will join a growing team of multidisciplinary researchers from a range of backgrounds from synthetic chemistry, biochemistry and material science. The research group is based at the School of Chemistry, university of Bristol (http://www.bris.ac.uk/chemistry/) and offers state-of-the-art laboratories, instrumentation and facilities.
The successful candidate will have a background in chemistry (or relevant related discipline) and have an interest in any of the following areas: synthetic chemistry, catalysis, carbohydrate synthesis, biochemistry, biomaterials and biocatalysis.