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How to join our Group

We're always interested in hearing from motivated candidates with a background in synthetic organic chemistry, polymer chemistry, biochemistry or related fields. All our projects are multi-disciplinary, offering excellent opportunites to work with National/International collaborators.

Specific projects will be listed here when they are available. Speculative enquires are welcome. Email MIG directly if you have any questions: m dot i dot gibson at warwick dot ac dot uk.

Post-Doctoral Vacancies

Excellent candidates with a background in biomaterials, polymer science, protein expression or carbohydrate chemistry should express their interest to Prof M. Gibson. We will advertise when any positions are available. If you have already secured your own funding (e.g. goverment sources, charities, research councils) or you would like to apply for your own funding (e.g. Marie Curie, EPSRC post-doctoral fellowships, Wellcome Trust Fellowships) email Matt directly. Please enclose a CV including a full publication list (including those in preparation or submitted).

15 Month Postdoctoral Position in Cell Biology

We have a vacancy for a 15 Month postdoctoral postiion funded by the ERC and the Wellcome Trust. This project will use our new cryopreservation technology to store donor human cells for regenerative medicine applications. The successful candidate will have top-class cell biology skills and preferably expertise in handling primary human cells and the regulations associated with this. You will work in a large, interdiscplinary team split across the Department of Chemistry and Warwick Medical School so will need to be able to work in a team comprised of chemists, cell biologists and protein engineers.

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Informal enquiries can be sent to Professor Gibson must must include a 2 Page CV (Maximum, and no other documents).


We will have multiple vacancies for 2018 start. These projects cover biomaterials, polymer synthesis and glycoscience and seek to address major healthcare challenges in tissue/cell storage, point of care diagnostics and new antimicrobials. We have chemists, cell biologists and microbiologists in the group, so candidates from any science background are welcome. We expect to have 3 - 4 vacancies for 2018 start, and specific projects will be listed below.

Contact Professor Gibson, including your CV, if you want more information.

1) PhD joint witih Dr Nick Waterfield in Medical School. Combination of Chemistry and synthetic biology to modify natural molecular syringes!

2) PhD joint with Industrial Partner. New Polymers for Biomedical Applications

The GibsonGroup has a vacancy for an ambitious PhD student with a background in synthetic chemistry. The PhD is joint with an industrial partner, but will be grounded in the development and characterisation of new synthetic polymers. There will be opportunities to visit the industrial partner. The PhD will involve the synthesis of well-defined polymers using controlled radical polymerization techniques and applying high resolution analytical methods including MALDI-tof to analyse their structure. These polymers will be evaluated in a diverse range of application areas. See some of our recent papers for background; Biomacromolecules, 2018, 19, 256; Nature Communications, 2017, 1546; Angew. Chem., 2017, 56, 15941.

If you have your own funding, and wish to work with us, please send a 2 page CV (MAX) including grades and research experience.

Overseas (non UK/EU) Student Opportunites.

Masters Projects

Vacancies for MAS/Systems Biology/AS:MIT/Polymer/Chemistry MSc Projects 2016

Candidates from Chemistry MSc, AS:MIT or Polymer MSc should apply directly from their respective project lists (but can email if further information is required). MAS CDT students should contact Matt early in Term 2 to allow time to prepare project proposals. We aim to have at least 2 vacancies each year.

Summer Placements

Vacancies for Summer 2016. Excellent students (must have at least a 2:1, preferably 1st) should contact Dr Gibson explaining motivation and to discuss potential projects as soon as possible.

Each year we hope to have at least 1/2 vacancies for Warwick students (in either year 2 or year 3) to come and work in the labs for 8-10 weeks during summer. This a great opportunity to improve your CV and to get paid at the same time. There is funding available via the Undergraduate Research Scholarship Scheme yearly, applications closing end of January.