Join Us

We are always looking for talented students and postdocs to join our group.

Funded Positions

Any funded positions that we have will be advertised in the usual places.

Self-Funded Positions

We have a wide range of projects available for students wishing to self-fund their MRes or PhD. Please get in touch with Mark to discuss your next steps, including applying for the UK government doctoral loan.

Potential Projects

Organic chemistry

  • Development of synergistic earth metal catalysis in the synthesis of medicinally relevant heterocycles.
  • Synthesis and utilisation of functionalised metalloid species via transition metal catalysis.
  • Calcium catalysed generation and trapping of nitrogen containing reactive intermediates.
  • Cross coupling with early transition metals – expanding the synthetic tool box

Medicinal Chemistry

  • Targeting the heart of cancer – Development and characterisation of metal binding pharmacophores
  • Antibacterial drug discovery (with Dr Jonathan Butler)
  • Design of new chemical modalities for cardiovascular disease (with Dr Andrew Lewis and Dr Amanda Unsworth)
  • Probing CDK5 with small molecule inhibitors.


When there are no funded positions advertised, and you would like to join the group, you must obtain your own funding via applications to postdoctoral fellowships. Those interested are advised to contact Dr. McLaughlin as full assistance in preparing high quality applications will be provided.

Undergraduate Students

Students wishing to carry out summer research in the group should contact me directly to discuss potential projects. The group plans to have several students per year, and any funded positions will be posted as soon as available.

Below are a list of sources for summer projects, and feel free to come see me to discuss applying for them.

Students wishing to perform BSc. and MChem. research within the group are asked to speak with Dr. McLaughlin as early as possible. Projects will be in both medicinal and synthetic chemistry and we are happy to fit your interests to potential projects.

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