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Research Scientist (post doc) vacancies

We have 2 x three-year Research Scientist positions available in our group at OSCAR. See the OSCAR website here for further details and email JR for informal enquiries about the posts.


We may add a page to be updated with occasional unpublished results from over the years. These would be interesting observations or one-off unusual reactions that don't warrant publication in their own right. What do you think?

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Jeremy Robertson
Professor of Chemistry, and Tutorial Fellow in Organic Chemistry at Brasenose College.

M.A. (Oxford, 1983–1987), undergraduate research with Prof. Laurence Harwood on the synthesis of substrates for intramolecular cycloadditions;
D.Phil. (Oxford, 1987–1990), with Prof. Sir Jack Baldwin on free radical ring-expansion reactions;
Post doc. (Columbia University, New York), with Prof. Gilbert Stork on the total synthesis of taxol.

Independent research
My labs were initially housed in the Dyson Perrins Laboratory (1992 onwards) until we moved to the Chemistry Research Laboratory ('the CRL') in February 2004. I am one of the 'first wave' of group leaders at the Oxford Suzhou Centre for Advanced Research – OSCAR – which became operational for active research in mid-2019.

Other activities
I was a Business Fellow with the London Technology Network (2008–2010) and, in 2012, co-founded OxSynC for connecting external researchers with Oxford's synthetic chemists.

Research overview

Natural product synthesis
My group pursues natural product synthesis problems that promote the invention of new synthetic strategies and methodologies, provide stringent tests of our newly-developed methods, and generate synthetic analogues for collaborative projects requiring compounds with a specified biological activity. Particular areas of focus include targets with relevance to cancer chemotherapy, neurodegenerative disorders, and cognition.

Synthetic methodology
We develop mechanism-based hypotheses in order to discover new chemistry and gain insights into reaction selectivity and efficiency. We are especially interested in free radical chemistry and electron transfer mediated processes, pericyclic cascades, ‘high chemical potential’ intermediates, and catalysis for complexity generation.

Collaborative projects
Over the past five years, our group has been collaborating with the Wong group to develop efficient routes to synthetic targets using a combination of chemical synthetic reagents and modified haem iron enzymes. In a separate project we provide synthetic chemistry input into the development of nutraceuticals in collaboration with Prof. Kieran Clarke and her company TdeltaS; the first product is now on the market.

Working in the group
These areas act cooperatively and students in my group receive a broad training in mechanistic organic chemistry, multistep synthesis, methodology development, chemoenzymatic synthesis, and the interface of organic synthesis and biological systems.