Joining the Group

 PhD positions available

Fully-funded PhD positions at the School of Chemistry, the University of Edinburgh with a start in September 2020  are available. The School offers a fantastic environment to carry out PhD research – for more information click here.

1 – Fully-funded PhD position

Molecular Modeling of Materials for Chemical Pollution Remediation”

Eligibility: UK and EU citizens, with a possibility for overseas tuition fees via Edinburgh Global.

Start: September 2020, applications will be considered until a candidate is identified.


2 – PhD position through E4 Doctoral Training PartnershipPlanets2MD

“Weathering of Clays under Extreme Conditions: Implications for the Biosphere and Extraterrestrial Environments”

Full project description here

Deadline: 9th January

Start: September 2020

Eligibility: Fully funded for UK and EU (with ILR) citizens

Application process information here


3 – PhD studentship through E4 DTP

The project brings molecular modeling into biochar research, providing atomistic details to the key properties of biochar, and through this enabling the informed design and optimization of biochar for desirable functionality.

Full description here

Supervisors Valentina Erastova and Ondrej Masek, UK Biochar Research Centre

Start: September 2020

Eligibility: Fully funded for UK and EU (with ILR) citizens

Deadline: 9th January 2020

Application process information here



Sofi posterSOFI CDT

PhD Studentships at the Universities of Edinburgh, Durham and Leeds through Soft Matter and Functional Interfaces Centre for Doctoral Training.

Currently accepting applications for Cohort 7 to start September 2020

Deadline 1st December 2019

Apply HERE





Masters and PhD Scholarships

If you are interested in applying for a PhD scholarship, please email Valentina describing your research interests and attaching your CV. 

For outstanding students of any nationality, the School of Chemistry offers a highly competitive Prize Scholarship.

Furthermore, to attract high-quality overseas students, the University offers Edinburgh Global Research Scholarship and Principal’s Career Development PhD Scholarships.

A highly competitive Carnegie Trust Scholarship to retain students (of any nationality) that are on track for the First Class Honours degree from a Scottish university.

Scholarships for International Students available for citizens/residents of a specific country:


PostDoctoral Opportunities

If you are interested in applying for a postdoctoral fellowship to work in the group, please contact Valentina with a brief description of your research interests and your CV.

Postdoctoral Fellowships

Applicant country-specific International Fellowships to carry out postdoctoral work in the UK: