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Fully Funded PhD Studentship - Glycosylated Coordination Complexes for Luminescent Imaging of Lectins

University of Warwick

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Coventry
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students
Funding amount: Not Specified
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 23rd July 2019
Closes: 23rd October 2019

Supervisors: Prof. Mike Ward and Prof Matthew I. Gibson

Deadline: Until Filled (to Start October 2019 or as close as possible)

Project description: 

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, but will focus more on the analytical and biological aspects of the assays (with Prof Gibson). 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.


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 or Please include in your email a 2 page MAX CV and your current/predicted grades.

Research group information is available here

Details on how to apply formally can be found at

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