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We are always looking for passionate and enthusiastic scientists to join the group. Please contact Beatrice directly if you are interested in joining the team. Further details can be found below.

Postdoctoral Research Associates

Research Associate in Organic Chemistry

The role

This project explores the use of photochemistry and transition metal catalysis to control the conformation of molecules with the aim of developing a new generation of artificial molecular machine. Once control over molecular conformation has been established, studies will explore using these platforms to develop functional molecular systems, which display behaviours from the transport of molecular cargo to controlled molecular-level motion.

What will you be doing?

In this role, you will design and execute multi-step syntheses towards key small molecule targets and study their behaviour under photoirradiation and transition metal catalysis using a range of spectroscopic techniques. You will need to be enthusiastic about learning new techniques required for the realization of the project aims and engage with the broader interests of the group.

You should apply if

We are looking for a motivated and enthusiastic researcher, with excellent organizational and communication skills. The successful candidate will hold (or be working towards) a PhD in organic chemistry. While previous experience within in the field of artificial molecular machines is not required, experience in modern synthetic chemistry, including the design and execution of multi-step syntheses, is essential. Experience in photochemistry or transition metal catalysis is also desirable but not essential.

Additional information

To apply visit Research Associate in Organic Chemistry (Collins Group) at University of Bristol ( For informal queries, contact details: Beatrice Collins,

PhD Students

Funded studentships will be advertised here when available. For more information about postgraduate study at the University of Bristol please see:

We are also involved in the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Technology Enhanced Synthesis hosted by the University of Bristol. More details about the centre can be found here:

Undergraduate and Summer Students

Undergraduate Project Students

We are always delighted to host enthusiastic final year project students. Please get in touch with Beatrice if you have any questions about the group and what sort of research projects are available.

Visiting Students

Opportunities may be available for summer students and short term research stays in the group. Please get in touch with Beatrice at the earliest possible opportunity to discuss possible avenues for securing funding.

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