Research degrees

Chemistry Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) PhD

Qualification: PhD

Department: School of Chemistry

Application deadline: 3rd March 2022

Start date: 26th September 2022


The School of Chemistry is offering 5 x 4-year fully-funded Graduate Teaching Assistant PhD Studentships starting in September 2022.

The Graduate Teaching Assistantship is available for full-time registration and payable as a full UK tuition fee waiver for four years subject to annual progress review. The successful applicant will also receive a combined annual stipend and salary package (currently £15,609 for 2021/2 - 2022/3 rates still to be announced).

About Graduate Teaching Assistantships:

This is a Graduate Training Assistantship (GTA), which means that you will be required to do some teaching, and particularly lab demonstrating, as part of your training. GTAs allow research students to fund their PhD through part-time teaching work with the University.

A Graduate Teaching Assistant is responsible to the Head of School and is expected to undertake teaching or other duties within the School - not normally exceeding 8-10 contact hours per week - while undertaking research leading to a PhD.

Approximately 80% of your time will be spent on doctoral research and 20% on GTA responsibilities. Training is provided to help Graduate Teaching Assistants develop their teaching related skills and enhance their professional competencies.

We have 7 projects available to select from for the 5 PhD positions:

Dr Richard Hopkinson Modulating cellular formaldehyde using small molecule tools

Dr  Richard Doveston  A Bespoke Screening Platform for Discovering Protein Molecular Glues as Novel Therapeutic Agents

Dr Gregory Solan     Manganese catalysis in the 21st century

Professor Andrew Hudson  Fluorescence lifetime imaging with genetically encoded sensors to unravel the mechanisms controlling haem supply and demand in cells

Professor Andrew Ellis  Energetic processing of polyaromatic hydrocarbons in interstellar space

Dr Fabrizio Ortu  Frustrated Lewis Pairs in Rare Earth Chemistry

Professor Rob Hillman  Stress, Morphology and Material Properties of Electrodeposited Aluminium in Novel High Energy Density Battery Systems  

Select the project you want to apply for and follow the application advice under the How to Apply section below.




This 4-year Graduate Teaching Assistant Studentship provides:

  • UK tuition fee waiver
  • Annual combined stipend and salary package (worth currently £15,609 for 2021/2 entry.  2022/3 rates still to be announced)

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Applicants are required to hold/or expect to obtain a UK Bachelor Degree 2:1/1st, or overseas equivalent, in a Chemistry-related subject.  

The University of Leicester English language requirements apply (where applicable).

Informal enquiries

Informal enquiries

Please email enquiries to 

How to apply

How to apply

To apply, please select the 'Apply' button below and then select September 2022.

With your application, please include:

Personal statement explaining, briefly, your interest in the project and your experience 
Degree Certificates and Transcripts of study already completed and if possible transcript to date of study currently being undertaken
Evidence of English language proficiency, if applicable
In the reference section please enter the contact details of your two academic referees in the boxes provided or upload letters of reference if already available.

In the funding section please specify Chemistry GTA studentship.

In the proposal section please provide the name of the project supervisor and the project title you wish to be considered for (a research proposal is not required).




The studentships are available to UK (Home ) applicants only.

*To be classed as a home student, candidates must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a UK National (meeting residency requirements), or
  • Have Settled status, or
  • Have Pre-settled status (meeting residency requirements) or
  • Have Indefinite Leave to Remain or Enter

If you are unsure please email and include a copy of your passport and/or any immigration status you may hold.

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