PhD fellowships in Theoretical/Computational Chemistry, NYU Shanghai, New York & China

New York University invites applications for the Shanghai Track Doctoral Program in
Computational Chemistry. Students admitted to this track will work with NYU Shanghai
faculty within the Center for Computational Chemistry
(CCC,, a research institute operated jointly
by NYU, NYU Shanghai, and East China Normal University. The CCC is establishing itself
as a world-class platform for research, training, and international collaboration in
computational and theoretical chemistry. The center has a core group of outstanding
faculty members who are conducting frontier research in various fields of
computational/theoretical chemistry, biology, and material sciences.

Students in the Shanghai track will normally spend their first year at NYU in New York for
course work, before starting the full-fledged Ph.D. program in a research group in
Shanghai. Candidates who successfully complete the program will receive a Ph.D. degree
from New York University. All full-time Ph.D. students are supported by fellowships that
covers tuition and provides a generous stipend. Graduate Student stipends and benefits
are equivalent to those on the New York track, and in addition come with a travel
allowance and housing opportunities.

Program Components
Students will typically take one year of courses in the New York University Department of
Chemistry, designed to give a solid foundation in the fundamental concepts of theoretical
and computational chemistry. The program offers flexibility in the choice of courses, and
is designed in consultation with NYU Shanghai faculty and the director of graduate studies,
taking into account each student’s specific background, experience, and field of interest.
A list of graduate-level courses is available on the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
Site ( In
addition, students will attend courses on professional development, English language (as
necessary), and research colloquia from leading faculty.

During the first year, students will select an NYU Shanghai faculty member to serve as
thesis advisor and join their research group in Shanghai following completion of the
coursework component. Current research activities in the Center for Computational
Chemistry cover much of the field of computational chemistry, broadly defined, including
studies of protein interactions, enzyme reactions, computer aided drug design,
intermolecular interactions, light harvesting in photosynthesis, radiation damage to DNA,
materials science, and quantum dynamics in complex environments. Prospective students
are strongly encouraged to read the Standing Faculty Profiles before applying

During the program, students will acquire the skills necessary for a successful career in
independent research. These includes mastering computational tools to carry out
world-class research, communicating research findings effectively in oral presentation
and scholarly publication, and developing independent research proposals. Students will
receive feedback on their progress from a thesis committee at several stages in the
program, and they are expected to defend their thesis in the 5th year.

Further information on the Doctoral Program is available on the NYU Chemistry website

Application to the NYU Shanghai Track Doctoral Program in Computational Chemistry is
done online on the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences site
( During the application, students
interested in the Shanghai track must select the Shanghai campus and indicate
Theory/Physical Chemistry as their program. The deadline for application is
December 12th for enrollment in the subsequent Fall semester.