We are interested in hearing from dynamic, enthusiastic and motivated researchers who would like to join the Buchard Research Group. Currently there are opportunities for research at all levels including Undergraduate and Masters Research Projects, PhD and Post-doctoral positions.

Research workers within the Buchard Group will be exposed to a wide range of synthetic and analytical techniques as well as developing expertise in computational chemistry, skills which are ideally suited to careers in both academia and industry. Project research areas broadly encompass catalysis and polymer chemistry.

Current Opportunities

PhD Project: Polymers from sugars: development of emerging sustainable plastics and investigation of their impact on the marine environment

Link to the project on FindaPhD.com: https://bit.ly/3FQnKQq

Prospective applicants: please contact Dr Buchard by email.

Deadline for complete applications: 10 January 2022

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This project aims to train a researcher capable of conducting, in parallel, the development of novel polymers (at the University of Bath) and an early study of their potential environmental impact (at Plymouth Marine Laboratory, with Prof Pennie Lindeque and Dr Matthew Cole). It is part of the NERC GW4+ Doctoral Training Partnership.

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Postdoctoral Researchers

When there are no funded positions advertised, and you are interested in joining the group, please refer to the links below to secure your own postdoctoral fellowship support. Please get in touch if you wish to apply for any of these fellowships. We provide assistance in the preparation of applications.

PhD Students

Applications from prospective PhD students are welcome at any time. Candidates should have an excellent academic track record and a strong motivation to conduct original research. If you require further information on the availability of PhD places or the research we are currently undertaking please get in touch.

PhD studentships will be available in the area of catalysis and sustainable polymers from October 2021. Detailed projects will be published on FindAPhD.com.



Potential PhD candidates may also want to consider the following sources of funding:


More information on graduate studies at Bath.

Undergraduate Final Year Project Students

​Project students can expect to receive thorough training in experimental synthetic chemistry (inorganic and organic), including the use of inert atmosphere (Schlenk) techniques, purification methods (e.g. column chromatography, distillation, recrystallisation), and modern analytical tools (e.g. NMR, MS, GC, FT-IR, etc.). Training can also be provided in computational chemistry (molecular Density Functional Theory methods) as combined experimental/computational  studies are a powerful tool to elucidate reaction mechanisms. Project research areas include: homogeneous catalysis for small molecule activation, polymerisation catalysis, synthesis of new monomers, material application of novel polymers. Literature seminars and weekly group meetings also provide wider education in chemistry research and training in presentation skills.