A 3.5 year PhD studentship is available on a Leverhulme Trust funded grant entitled 'Glycosylated coordination complexes for luminescent imaging of lectins’ with Prof Mike Ward and Prof Matt Gibson of the Department of Chemistry, University of Warwick. The project will involve the synthesis and characterisation of metal complex assemblies bearing unique combinations of glycans (sugars) attached to them. This ambitious project will seek to apply these new materials as analytical tools to probe pathogens such as bacteria or viruses. As such the project will involve a combination of synthetic organic and inorganic chemistry, structural characterisation and analysis, alongside a range of spectroscopic assays to evaluate interaction of the labelled complexes with proteins and bacteria.
The PhD studentship will work across the whole project including the synthesis and coordination chemistry and analytical and biological aspects of the assays. A good honours degree (2:1 or better in Chemistry or a closely-related relevant discipline) is required with experience of synthetic chemistry and/or analytical chemistry.
Requirements: Good degree (2.i or 1st class) in chemistry, materials science or related subjects. Must be willing to engage in interdisciplinary research as part of a diverse team of chemists and biologists. Funding only available for UK/EU students.
How to apply: In the first instance please contact Prof Gibson and/or Prof Ward by email at [email protected] or [email protected]. Please include in your email a 2 page MAX CV and your current/predicted grades.