Studying here

The group offers an excellent environment for postgraduate study and for postdoctoral research using a wide range of modern techniques and instrumentation. Please see the bottom of this webpage for current opportunities.


The group is multi-national, with current and recent group members from China, India, Taiwan, Nepal, USA, Mexico, Italy, France, Germany, Greece, Czech Republic, Romania and the UK.  Profiles of our current group members can be found on the Group Members pages of this website.  We welcome applications for postgraduate study and post-doctoral research positions from across the world.

Most of our postgraduate students are conducting research for a Ph.D., and further details of our application procedures, admission requirements and opportunities for funding are described on the School of Chemistry’s website.

The research groups share laboratory and office space and operate experiments making use of techniques such as ultrafast transient absorption spectroscopy, time-resolved fluorescence spectroscopy, coherent two-dimensional ultrafast spectroscopy (2DIR, 2DES and 2DEV), and cavity ring-down spectroscopy.  We are well equipped with femtosecond and nanosecond pulsed laser systems tunable across the ultraviolet, visible and infra-red regions, and also operate experiments with high resolution continuous wave lasers.  Experimental studies are complemented by computational and theoretical chemistry methods, often in collaboration with colleagues in Bristol’s Centre for Computational Chemistry and elsewhere.  We are part of the major EPSRC Programme Grant Ultrafast Photochemical Dynamics in Complex Environments.

We offer postgraduate training in a wide range of experimental and computational methods, with access to modern instrumentation, within a research group that has a well-established international profile.  Recent group members  have gone on to a variety of careers in academia, industry, consultancy, education, and many other fields, and find employment across the globe.


School of Chemistry at the University of Bristol

School of Chemistry at the University of Bristol

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Postgraduate and Postdoctoral Opportunities

We welcome enquiries about postdoctoral and postgraduate studentships at all times, and will assist candidates with strong academic and research track-records to apply for fellowships or scholarships.

Opportunities are available for PhD projects in Aerosol Science through the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Aerosol Science.

Prof Andrew Orr-Ewing and Dr Tom Oliver both seek applications from prospective PhD students for EPSRC-funded research in the solution phase using ultrafast femtosecond laser spectroscopy.  For further details, please e-mail or