Join the GML

Interested in joining our team? If what you’ve seen on our site has inspired your interest in sustainable chemistry and you’re keen to learn more about the Green Materials Laboratory and what we do, then get in contact! If you’ve already decided that the GML is way cool and totally the place to be, dude, then you’re already drinking the Kool-aid and apply for anything and everything below.

Opportunities available:


We have just had a new PhD opportunity open up for entry in 2017. The project is entitled RENEWABLE, FUNCTIONAL, DEGRADABLE POLYMERS.

Project Description: While polymer science underpins our material world through efficient reactions, these processes aren’t truly sustainable, even if the resultant polymers are biodegradable. Low cost renewable feedstocks are a potential platform for renewable, degradable and sustainable platform for polymer chemistry. Working with an innovative small company, this project will develop new plastics of potential interest in commodity and specialty markets. The project will use both catalytic and non-catalytic methodologies to target a range of products, offering training from monomer synthesis and purification through to polymer property testing. The project offers the chance to make an impact in the field of sustainable polymers and gain experience in both academic and industrial laboratories.

This project is a 3-year PhD studentship, supporting all tuition and fees and a generous stipend at current EPSRC levels. The candidate must satisfy EPSRC studentship eligibility requirements, having settled status in the UK and having been ‘ordinarily resident’ in the UK for 3 years prior to the start of the studentship. The ideal PhD candidate will be a recent or upcoming graduate with a strong interest in synthetic polymer chemistry a willingness to learn in a multi-disciplinary environment. The successful candidate will have a demonstrated ability to work well in a team, excellent oral and written communication skills and an inherent desire to learn and strive to develop as a scientist and leader. The position is in the EaStCHEM School of Chemistry in Edinburgh, but will also involve a placement with the industrial partner.

For further details, please contact Michael Shaver at or visit our group website ( To apply please send your CV along with the names and contact details of two referees to the above email address.

All of our other PhD positions for September 2017 are currently filled – if you are a self-funded student, please send your CV and funding details to Mike for consideration. We’re excited to have Utku Yolsal (joining us from Lian Hutching’s group in Durham) and Panos Kolyvakis (staying in the GML) who are starting their PhDs soon.


Our recent PDRA search has now closed. We continue to welcome candidates who wish to apply for their own funding. Excellent candidates with a background in polymer science, inorganic chemistry or catalysis should express their interest to Dr. Shaver. If you have already secured you own funding (e.g. goverment sources, charities, research councils) or you would like to apply for your own funding, email Mike directly. Please enclose a CV including a full publication list (including those in preparation or submitted). Assistance is available to build strong applications for:

Please contact Mike ( directly for more details about potential PhD and PDRA positions, support for postdoctoral funding applications and any other queries.

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