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Gibson Group Vacancies

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 opportunities to work with National/International collaborators.
Specific projects will be listed here when they are available.

Speculative enquires are welcome, email Prof. Matt Gibson directly if you have any questions:

Post-Doctoral Vacancies

Excellent candidates with a background in biomaterials, polymer science, protein expression or carbohydrate chemistry should express their interest to Prof Matt Gibson. We will advertise when any positions are available. If you have already secured your own funding (e.g. government sources, charities, research councils) or you would like to apply for your own funding (e.g. Marie Curie, EPSRC post-doctoral fellowships, Welcome Trust Fellowships) email Matt directly. Please enclose a 2 page CV including a full publication list (including those in preparation or submitted).

Eutopia Fellowships.

The University of Warwick, and the Eutopia partnersLink opens in a new window, are now advertising for post-doctoral fellowships across all areas of advanced materials for health. These are 2 year positions to help you develop your independent research profiles. If you are interested, please read all instructions and the links below and contact Prof Gibson with an indication of your prospective project and brief CV (2 pages absolute maximum). Deadline is 10th January 2022, but earlier is better!

InstructionsLink opens in a new window

Newton International Fellowships

We can host applications for a Newton International Fellowship to work with us in areas of infection diagnostics, cell and protein storage, polymer/nanochemistry or protein engineering. These are competitive and the next deadline will be in March 2023. You MUST contact professor Gibson well in advance of this deadline to ensure it is handled correctly. We have a track record of supporting successful applications to this scheme.

Full details hereLink opens in a new window

PhD Opportunities 2023. We expect up to 6 vacancies to be available.

Specific Projects. Note all are fully funded opportunities. Self-funders/scholar holders can send speculative enquiries direct to Prof Gibson

Scholarships (in addition to vacancies below) -

PhD 1. Investigating the impact of cellular state on cryopreservation. Industrial PhD with Cytiva Ltd.

We will use chemical and physical stimuli to induce certain cell states, including parts of the cell cycle, and quantify the impact of this on how cells survive cold/cryopreservation stress. The aim is to understand, but to also develop innovative methods to store therapeutic cells for complex disease. The project will give a student the chance to undertake fundamental cell biology research whilst working with a major life science company, including undertaking placements at the industry partner's research site.

Project Advert is here.Link opens in a new window

PhD 2. Cold-chain stable polymer/protein conjugates

Protein based drugs are the largest (by value) segment of the pharmaceutical market and are transforming how we treat disease. However, they are hard to store. This project seeks to discover new polymers to project proteins against cold stress to simply the cold chain. This is high interdisciplinary and the project is suitable for both biology or chemistry backgrounds, to focus on either aspect.

Apply here. Link opens in a new window

PhD 3. Fungal Ice Nucleation: Moulding our enviroment

This project is with Kew Gardens and Tom Whale (chemistry dept). It will attempt to unravel how certain mounds can nucleate ice. This is an incredibly important question to understand our environment, but also to discover new bio(macro)molecules which can modulate ice growth for e.g. cellular cryopresevation. The project is interdisciplinary using bioscience, analytics and physical chemistry approaches.

Apply here

4-5. Coming soon. Cell engineering, glycobiology, diagnostics, cryopreservation and polymer synthesis all available.


Excellent candidates for fully funded PhDs can apply for a scholarship. We can offer projects in glyco-science, polymer chemistry, biomaterials and cell engineering. All have deadlines mid-January so GET IN TOUCH now.

EU Citizens; EU Chancellor Scholarships.Link opens in a new window

Chinese Scholarship Council

Warwick/Monash Joint PhD programsLink opens in a new window

Overseas (non UK/EU) Student Opportunities

Chancellor's International Scholarship for Overseas Students is now open.Link opens in a new window

Masters Projects

Vacancies for MAS/Systems Biology/AS:MIT/Polymer/Chemistry MSc Projects 2018
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 2019. 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.