We welcome contact from prospective students and postdocs who are looking to do gound-breaking research at the interface of biology, physics, and chemistry. We are committed to supporting and promoting equality, diversity, and inclusion. We especially encourage applications from underrepresented groups in science.


We welcome undergraduates to carry out their final year projects in our lab. You will be notified of lab projects offered each year via the relevant MPhys (PX402) or BSc (PX3A0) modules. You are encouraged to contact Ying to discuss the listed project in more detail prior to submitting your project choices. We generally host 1-2 project pairs (2-4 undergraduate students in Physics).

We support summer research project applications through the Undergraduate Research Support Scheme (URSS) if you are doing a science-based undergraduate course at Warwick, and we are open to applications across the whole faculty. URSS will give you the chance to lead your own project hosted in our lab for 6-10 weeks, as well as carry out a public engagement project. Deadlines are usually in February. Please contact Ying by mid-January to discuss if interested.

There is some additional information on Vacation Projects from the department that is relevant to undergraduates in Physics.


We host research projects for students carrying out part of their PhD training in our lab, for example:

Please contact Ying to discuss possible opportunities.

PhD applicants

We welcome PhD applicants from a broad range of degree backgrounds. Our work in the Chow Lab is experimental and interdisciplinary; training and working on NMR instruments as well as cell cultures will likely both be involved, with an optional programming/coding element for those who are interested. For those with physics or chemistry backgrounds, you may be suited to enter through Physics or ASCDT. For those with biological backgrounds, you may enter through MIBTP or MRC DTP. Other opportunities for funding will be advertised as they arise. We expect to take no more than one PhD student per year to ensure adequate supervision. The best time for contact is October-November though applicants may be considered at other times of the year.

Pleae contact Ying with the following information:

  • your academic track record (degrees achieved, awarding institution, grades)
  • any publications
  • any current research project(s)
  • any English language qualification(s)
  • your research interests and how they relate to work in the Chow Lab, though a full research proposal is not necessary
  • if relevant, any barriers that you may face relating to the doctoral application process

PhD applicants may also be interested to read the Guidelines for Pre-Application Doctoral Communications, which provide concrete information on how to write an email to express interest in a PhD position.


Doctoral Training Centres

PhD Course Entry requirements

In the UK, the performance of a student through their undergraduate course is provided as a classification of their degree. The usual classifications are:

  1. First class honours
  2. Second class upper division (2.1) honours
  3. Second class lower division (2.2) honours
  4. Third class honours
  5. Pass, also sometimes called an ordinary degree (without honours)

In general, we require a Master degree with first class or upper second class honours.

What does this mean if you did not do a UK degree? Check the international qualifications pages

Please note the English language requirement of overall IELTS score of 6.5 and minimum component scores not below 6.0. You are welcome to contact Ying even if you have not yet taken the IELTS though you will need to demonstrate a sufficient score before we can consider making you an offer.

Postdoctoral applicants

We are looking for candidates with experience in either:

  • cell biology, biochemistry, molecular biology, and related fields; or
  • NMR, especially solid-state NMR

We will support fellowship applications for

We are also open to applications from candidates who identify a suitable funding opportunity from other sources. Please ensure contact is made with sufficient advanced notice for fellowships, ideally no less than a few months before the closing date.

From time to time, funded positions will be available for specific topics.