Research Fellow (104291 – 0821)

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Full-time, fixed-term for up to 24 months.
We encourage flexible and/or hybrid working patterns.
Start Date – 1 January 2022.

We are looking for a Postdoctoral Research Fellow to join the research group of Dr Gabriele Sosso ( and @SossoGroup) to work on a BBSRC-funded project titled:

“Understanding Ice Formation in Plants: finding new routes to freezing tolerance”

This is an ambitious, high-impact computational project that will develop in a synergistic fashion with our experimental collaborators, Dr Heather Knight and Dr Tim Hawking (University of Durham). Details are available at

In short, the research involves using (atomistic) classical molecular dynamics simulations to investigate the formation of ice through the plant’s cell wall.

In particular, we seek to assess the impact of the extent of the cross-linking within the building blocks of the cell wall on the kinetics of ice growth.

Enhanced sampling techniques as well as coarse-grained approaches might also be involved at the later stages of the project.

This is a unique opportunity to work at boundaries between physical chemistry and biology, in a research group with a very prominent profile in the ice community and guided by the outstanding support of our experimental collaborators.

Informal enquiries are welcome and should be directed to Dr Gabriele Sosso at:

If you have not yet been awarded your PhD but are near submission or have recently submitted your PhD, any offers of employment will be made as Research Assistant on level 5 of the University grade structure (£30,046).

Upon successful award of your PhD and evidence of this fact, you will be promoted to Research Fellow on the first point of the level 6 of the University grade structure (£30,942).

What we offer

We will provide you with a great range of benefits, which include an attractive pension scheme, 30 days’ holiday plus Christmas closure, excellent learning and development opportunities, and savings on a wide range of products and services. We offer a generous maternity / paternity / adoption / parental leave policy as well as onsite childcare facilities.

We recognise the importance of a healthy work/life balance and offer you access to flexible and/or hybrid working. For more information visit our Rewards and Benefits webpage.

We also have an excellent relocation package; to assess whether you may be entitled, please see details on the following page:

Athena SWAN Silver Award
We are committed to supporting staff to achieve their potential. Both the Department of Chemistry and the University of Warwick hold Athena SWAN silver awards, a national initiative that recognises the advancement of gender equality, representation, progression, and success for all in academia.

We provide a welcoming and inclusive working and learning environment, recognising that everyone is different in a variety of visible and non-visible ways, and that those differences are to be recognised, respected, and valued.

We welcome applications from individuals who identify with any of the protected characteristics defined by the Equality Act 2010.

We are supportive of staff with caring responsibilities.

Interview Date – TBC

Full details of the duties and selection criteria for this role can be found in the vacancy advert on the University of Warwick’s jobs pages. You will be routed to this when you click on the Apply button.

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