The University of Sydney is the oldest university in Australia and the largest in New South Wales. Likewise, the School of Chemistry is the oldest and one of the largest chemistry departments in the nation, with a large number of world-class research groups. The University also hosts the Australian Institute for Nanoscale Science and Technology as well as nodes of the Centre of Excellence for Engineered Quantum Systems and the Centre of Excellence for Exciton Science. For more information about USyd, go here or watch the official upbeat video.
Sydney is a fabulous place to live: it is a cosmopolitan city of 5 million people nestled around the most beautiful harbour in the world. It has been ranked tenth in the world for its quality of living and is an Alpha+ global city. At USyd, you will be 30 minutes away from iconic beaches and just over an hour from hiking in the World-Heritage listed Blue Mountains. You can do all this year-round because of Sydney's perfect climate: it’s a subtropical paradise that records 2600 hours of sunshine a year, with average highs of 18 °C in the winter and 27 °C in the summer.
- We welcome second- and third-year USyd students wishing to do research in our group, either on a Summer Research Scholarship or as part of the Talented Student Program.
- An Honours degree takes one year and is an opportunity to devote 90% of your time to your own research project.
- A PhD is a research degree lasting 3–3.5 years. Prospective students can take a look at the information from the School of Chemistry as well as at the numerous scholarships for both domestic and international students. The standard stipend for PhD students is currently $26,288 per year (tax free), although all students in our group have historically also received a $5,000 priority top-up.
- We are eager to support outstanding candidates in applying for postdoctoral fellowships such as the University of Sydney Fellowship (applications usually due June/July) and the ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (deadline in February/March). Both of these fellowships afford you considerable independence and your own start-up funds. As they are competitive, contact us as early as possible to make sure we put in a strong application.
Other, geographically limited options include:
- We welcome collaborative visits and can support candidates for schemes such as the Australian Government’s Endeavour Research Fellowships.