PhD Studentship Available
A DPhil studentship in collaboration with Genentech on the development of new innovative chemistry for early stage synthesis and late stage functionalisation/modification of amino acids, peptides and proteins is available from October 2022, or as soon as possible thereafter. The studentship will cover course fees at the home rate and provide a stipend at the standard UKRI rate for 3 years. Any prospective candidates should e-mail me at

Joining the Dixon Group

The Dixon group welcomes researchers from all countries and all backgrounds and we constantly seek high-quality applications from potential postdocs, DPhil students, Part II students, visiting academics, visiting professionals and visiting students. Please direct your enquiries to: or call directly on +44 (0)1865 275648.

Post-Doctoral Researchers

Any available fully-funded post-doc positions will be advertised here when the grant is secured. However, the group has enjoyed significant success over the past five years attracting funding for Research Fellows and Scholars (via applications to the EU or Home funding agencies and charities). If you are keen to apply for Fellowships to work within our group and have an impressive CV and research output record, then DJD is waiting for you to make contact. Full assistance in crafting a high class application for the fellowship will be given.

D. Phil Students

The group currently has 17 PhD students spread across four years, and we aim to take on between two and four students each year. Funding is often available for home and European candidates. However, if you are self-funded or are keen to apply for an ORS award for a D.Phil place, then you should make contact with DJD as soon as possible. The ORS competition is fierce and candidates who are strong on paper (i.e. high ranking at the BSc and/or MSc levels within a good university + winner of prizes and distinctions) stand the best chance of success. If this is indeed you, DJD is keen to hear from you.

Part II Students

The Dixon group takes up to four Part II MChem students a year. We are interested in candidates who are keen to pursue a career in organic synthesis and who fit the general description above. The Part II projects are chosen to provide an excellent level of synthetic training as well as the potential to deliver a high quality publication. The majority of our project students have had their Part II work published in high impact factor journals.

Visiting Students

The group takes on around two ERASMUS or visiting PhD students from various Universities within and outside Europe each year. We are interested in candidates who are keen to pursue a career in synthesis and related sciences who fit the general description above. The projects are chosen to provide a good level of synthetic training as well as the potential to deliver a high quality publication or two. We recognize that this can be an opportunity to develop strong links with other universities and warmly welcome this.

Visiting Academics / Professionals

The group would warmly receive any visiting academic or professional who wishes to start a reseach collaboration between our respective groups or to be a player in the work that we do. Applications for funds to support the visit can be made to a number of funding bodies and charities in the UK and Europe. If you are keen to join us and naturally strengthen the links between our two groups then please make contact as soon as possible.