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Current Postgraduate Students


There are numerous opportunities that arise for our graduate students and we are aware that they can become lost in the large volume of e-mails that you receive.  We have therefore elected to collect them here on our 'Current Opportunities' page and a weekly reminder of available opportunities will be sent to all graduates.


Internship Opportunities with SensorHut and Kalium


Member of the Elliott research group and Henslow Research Fellow Dr Tanya Hutter has set up a company called SensorHut to commercialise her work in miniature sensor technology. SensorHut are now seeking a Sensor Surface Chemistry R & D Intern who will play an important role in the development of a new nano-chemical sensor technology for detection and monitoring of volatile organic compounds (VOCs).  The position is mainly lab-based and is located in central Cambridge.  Find out more.



In collaboration with colleagues at the University of Cambridge School of Clinical Medicine, Tanya has formed a second start-up called Kalium Diagnostics. (Kalium is the Latin for potassium), which aims to develop miniature sensor technology that will lead to a test kit for patients whose potassium levels can be either particularly high or low.  Kalium is offering a lab-based paid Research internship in chemical sensing and sensor manufacturing.  The internship starts 1 October 2018 and will last 15 weeks, athough there may be opportunities to continue working with Kalium after its termination.  The position is based at Babraham Research Campus.  Further details.

Syngenta Postgraduate Scholarship Scheme in Organic Chemistry: Closing date 24 August 2018

The Syngenta Scholarship Scheme is an interactive workshop open to all final and penultimate year PhD students at UK universities who have a passion for Organic Chemistry. Winners will be awarded scholarships of £1,000 as well as funding of up to £1,000 to attend a scientific conference of their choice.
The scheme takes place on 11th - 13th November 2018 in Jealott's Hill, Berkshire. The scheme is open to those who will be in the final or penultimate year of their PhD at a UK university this November and all travel, accommodation and meal expenses are covered for all participants.  The aim is to bring together the most talented chemists in the UK to encourage and reward scientific excellence whilst demonstrating the exciting and rewarding opportunities available through working within one of the world’s leading AgriScience companies. Please note that if you receive funding from an industrial sponsor, you should obtain permission from your sponsor before applying.

To find out more information please visit the Syngenta website.
To apply, please email Edward Emmett via, quoting Ref: SSS2018, and include:

  • Covering letter
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Two page research summary of your PhD project
  • Contact details of two referees
  • Closing date: 24th August 2018

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