If you are interested in joining the Davies group, please read the information below and write to me at for more information.


We are always interested to hear from keen, motivated, and productive problem-solvers who have strong interests in synthesis and catalysis and enjoy tackling new challenges in organic and organometallic chemistry. The Davies group consists of individuals from around the world who work together in a supportive group environment in order to best realise each member’s individual potential.

If you are interested in joining our research group, details of vacancies and how to apply are given below.

Doctoral Researchers (PhD students)

We aim to be taking on several PhD students each year to work across the areas of synthetic organic, homogeneous catalysis and/or organometallic chemistry. Any available post-graduate scholarships will be funded at a level suitable for UK or EU candidates. Further information on how to apply to the graduate programme at Birmingham is given here.

For informal enquiries, please contact me by e-mail with your CV, including qualifications and grades, contact details for two referees, and a brief description of any previous research experience.

MPhil and PhD positions for overseas students: Overseas (non-EU) candidates should be self-funded either privately or through an awarded scholarship. Some scholarships are listed below, and others may be available from your home country. For very strong candidates (very highly ranked at BSc or MSc level at high-level universities) there are some Scholarships available from Birmingham. These are highly competitive, but if you believe that you are suitably qualified then please read the information here, and then contact me as soon as possible and identify which scholarship you wish to apply under.

Chevening Scholarships

British Council

Post-Doctoral Researchers

Available funded post-doc positions will be advertised when funds are secured. Details of how to apply will be included in the adverts on this web-site and on external recruitment sites. 

If you are interested in applying for your own fellowship to work within our group, for instance funded by your national funding body, you should contact Paul with details of both your impressive research background and the fellowship you are intending to apply for. Candidates from any part of the world who are suitably qualified will receive help to prepare a high quality funding application. 

Unsolicited applications for postdoctoral positions that do not contain the requested information will not be considered.

Some funding bodies are listed below, although many countries have their own fellowship schemes:

Newton Fellowships

Marie-Curie Fellowships

Fulbright Scholarships

Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851

Undergraduate MSci Year 4 Projects 

Students on the Chemistry course at Birmingham who have a strong interest in homogeneous catalysis, synthetic organic, and/or organometallic chemistry are encouraged to apply to our group. The training and experience you will receive is ideal for students who wish to pursue a career in organic synthesis or other aspects of synthetic chemistry. Individual projects are available that are aligned to the on-going research in our group. 

Summer Students

Year 2 and 3 undergraduate students with a keen interest in organic chemistry and a desire to experience research are welcome to contact Paul in order to discuss a (8-12 week) placement in our labs over the summer. Funds to support living expenses are available from a variety of sources and support can be provided to help craft the application.

Visiting Scientists, Academics and Industrialists

Other scientists interested in joining our group for a short stay (generally 2 to 6 months) either as training or to develop research collaborations and/or strengthen research interactions should contact Paul by e-mail. Depending on the nature of your proposed stay there are a number of funding bodies to which applications can be made.