Positions available
Part II

Each academic year the Davis Group usually takes up to four Part II students. Prospective Part II students are invited to attend Open Days to learn more of the research carried out in our group, and strongly encouraged to contact Prof Ben Davis directly.

We view the Part II as a golden opportunity to genuinely experience research life and, importantly, to discover what there is to love about it. Part II projects in the group are integral to the discoveries that we make as a group and Part II students get to experience the full range of what we do.

In recent years Part II students from the group have been involved in some of our key work. For example, during their projects, Part II students have demonstrated the first examples of Olefin Metathesis[pub 100] [Angel Lin] reactions or Suzuki-Miyaura Cross-Coupling[pub 129] [Charlotte Wood] reactions on proteins, have discovered new biosynthetic pathways to antibiotics and their biological mechanisms[pub 177] [Tom Yabe], have created unique glycopeptide libraries that can chemically evolve to form optimized ligands for proteins[pub 69] [Tom Hotchkiss] or designed new artificial enzymes and explored their use in the creation of drug-like synthetic targets[pub 57] [Katie Doores].

Often this will see them publish papers as first or leading authors and the majority of Part II students will see their project discoveries published. We see this a being an integral part of the excitement that can come from choosing interesting and ambitious 'bigger questions' to study. We don't believe in humdrum projects and we do ask people to commit themselves during their time with us so that they fully enjoy it; fun we can give you, but a quiet life? - probably not.


Prospective D.Phil students are invited to contact Prof Ben Davis. Information about applications and scholarships are available on the Chemistry Department Postgraduate pages.


Available postdoctoral positions are advertised on the Chemistry Department website. Prospective postdoctoral candidates are invited to contact Prof Ben Davis directly.

Potential Sources of Funding

Last updated: 09-09-14

Prof Ben G. Davis
University of Oxford
Chemistry Research Laboratory
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Oxford, OX1 3TA, UK
Phone: + 44 (0)1865 275652
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