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SynTech Centre for Doctoral Training

SynTech CDT

Our new Centre for Doctoral Studies (CDT) based in the University of Cambridge offers a four-year PhD programme which will train students from a range of backgrounds to think differently and creatively about making molecules like new drugs by combining state of the art chemical synthesis with the latest developments in machine learning and artificial intelligence. 

What is SynTech?

SynTech is short for Automated Chemical Synthesis Enabled by Digital Molecular Technologies. The aim of the CDT is to bring together a diverse group of chemists, chemical engineers, theoreticians and data-scientists of all backgrounds, to create a broad understanding of how we can accelerate and improve the molecule-making process. This is a postgraduate inter-disciplinary training programme in which students will train at the interface of these areas to develop the skills, knowledge and confidence to tackle today's evolving issues.

Why SynTech?

Despite tremendous advances in synthesis, the increasing challenges posed by devising new compounds of potential interest for drug and agrochemical discovery and development continues to stretch synthetic chemists.  There is a recognised need across the pharmaceutical, biotech, agrochemical fine chemicals and small-molecule functional materials sectors to dramatically shorten synthesis timeframes and improve productivity and cost effectiveness.  The world needs researchers who can combine new technologies like automated synthesis with data-driven science such as machine learning methods and artificial intelligence.  The programme will enable each student to become an expert in a chosen field related to the CDT's scientific aims, as well as equipping you with a broad set of complementary scientific skills, education in sustainable chemistry and ethical training.

When does the programme start?

This is a four-year programme. Our first students will start in October 2019.

When is the deadline to apply?

The deadline for 2020 cohort applications is 9am on Tuesday 3rd December 2019. 

See our applications page.