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Research Opportunities

Warwick has a number of very active polymer and materials groups with 6 research groups and around 100 active researchers.

We also have a Polymer Masters course which runs every October- see the link for more information.

 

We are always looking to recruit talented and commited scientists. If you are interested in working in the O’Reilly group then please get in touch.

We do encourage researchers who would like to join our research team to apply for fellowship opportunities, for more details contact rachel dot oreilly at warwick dot ac dot uk directly or write to rorgroup@warwick.ac.uk.

Postdoctoral Positions

Specific postdoctoral positions within the O’Reilly group will be advertised on the University website and www.jobs.ac.uk when funding is available. However, if you can apply for your own funding then please contact me in advance. Please send a CV and covering letter, along with any enquiries.

Self-organising nanosensors for imaging morphogenic gradients in plants

An exciting opportunity is available to join a Leverhulme Trust funded project joint between Professor Rachel O’Reilly and Professor Richard Napier. You will be carrying out research at the interface of synthetic polymer chemistry and biophysics on a project that involves the development of new polymer nanoparticle based sensors for using in plants.


You will be a highly motivated person with experience in polymer synthesis, functionalization and characterisation (light scattering and microscopy) and also polymer nanoparticle synthesis (via emulsion and/or self-assembly methods) and functionalization (using click chemistries). You should have experience in fluorescence spectroscopy and the utilisation of dyes in materials science. It is desirable that the candidate has some experience at the life sciences interface, perhaps with DNA handling and library screening.


We expect that the proposed programme will be high impact and we are seeking an enthusiastic and committed person to join our research teams.

Please apply via the University HR website.

PhD Positions

PhD positions are available in our group each year, usually starting in October. If you are interested in doctoral studies in the group then please contact us as soon as possible. An application should consist of your CV, a cover letter, and the names of two academic mentors who know your work and could provide a reference. There are a number of scholarships available through the University to fund graduate studies (see this link for details). For overseas students the Warwick Chancellors International scholarship is a presitigous source of funding that a number of group members have been awarded. We also have a number of students funded through the China Scholarship Scheme. Information about graduate studies at Warwick is also available on the University website. Further information on PhD funding can be found at the following link.

Funding is available for UK/EU students to start in 2017, please contact ROR (r.k.o-reilly@warwick.ac.uk) if interested.


Reserach Fellow - Fixed Term position for 12 Months

An exciting opportunity is available to join an ERC-funded project. You will be carrying out research at the interface of synthetic polymer chemistry and biological chemistry on a project that involves the development and functionalization of new functional nanomaterials for use as delivery vehicles.

You will be a highly motivated person with extensive experience in polymer synthesis (specifically RAFT polymerisation), peptides, self assembly and characterisation. We expect that the proposed programme will be high impact and we are seeking an enthusiastic and committed person to join our research team.

Applications should be submitted on the University's HR website.

Closing date 07/02/2017





Synthetic Biology Doctoral Training Centre - Recruiting now for Oct 2017

Studentships are available for October 2017 entry for students who are (or would like to be) at the cross-roads of different disciplines. Thus, the program welcomes students from diverse backgrounds including biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics, engineering and computer science. The O'Reilly group work closely with Prof. Turberfield's group (in Oxford Physics) on DNA template chemistries as part of this program and would welcome enquires from interested students.

For further details please see the Doctoral Training Partnership website, or the attached flyer. Round 2 deadline 13th January 2017.


Self-organising nanosensors for imaging morphogenic gradients in plants

An exciting opportunity is available to join a project funded by the Leverhulme Trust. You will be carrying out research at the interface of synthetic polymer chemistry, biophysics and plant biology on a project that involves the development of novel polymer nanoparticle based sensors for use in plants.We are seeking an enthusiastic and committed person to join our research teams. The project is joint between Professor Rachel O’Reilly (Chemistry) and Professor Richard Napier (School of Life Sciences). This PhD project will be based with Prof Napier in the School of Life Sciences and will focus on hormone-sensitive DNA aptamers that we will then use to decorate carbon nanoparticles made by a post-doctoral scientist based in Chemistry with Prof O’Reilly. This team of biology + materials chemistry will meet together regularly to plan and review the project.


Online applications should be submitted on FindaPhD.com


A PhD studentship is available from October 2017 (or earlier if available) in the group led by Professor Rachel O'Reilly studying the synthesis of novel biomimetic polymers and their subsequent self-assembly. The project will involve significant organic synthesis and established polymer synthesis as well as extensive polymer and materials characterisation.

Applicants should have (or be about to receive) an honours degree (at least II.1 or equivalent and a Masters degree is preferred) in chemistry, or other relevant discipline, and should have experience with organic and/or polymer synthesis and characterization. This studentship only provides funding for UK/EU students and funding is provided for 3.5 years.




Summer Students

We can sometimes accommodate talented and motivated undergraduates during the summer vacation period for stays of approximately 10 weeks. Please be note that such placements need to be arranged well in advance. To apply, please send a CV and provide the name of a mentor who you have worked with before. Funds to support such stays are only rarely available in Warwick, so students may need to apply for a scholarship to meet the costs of their stay. Note that the University offer summer studentship bursaries each year, the deadline for these is often early in term 2.

 

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