Research Information and Resources

The University of Sydney School of Physics is one of the few big schools of Physics in Australia, and have been outstandingly successful in obtaining nationally competitive research grants to support our research programs. These vary from basic research to collaborations with industry, most significantly in the areas of brain waves and materials science.

The School has computational, experimental, observational and theoretical expertise in research areas that include applied physics, astronomy, astrophysics, biophysics, brain dynamics, particle physics, materials science, medical physics, optics & photonics, physics education, plasma physics, space & solar physics, sustainable energy, theoretical physics and wave physics.

The School is home to six Australian Research Council Centres of Excellence (ARC CoE), one National Health and Medical Research Council Centre of Research Excellence (NHMRC CRE), and two Cooperative Research Centres (CRC).

University Research Portfolio

The University of Sydney is committed to continued improvement in its research performance, maintaining its leading role within Australia and improving its competitive position internationally in order to contribute to the economic, social and cultural well-being of Australia and the wider world. See the University Research Support website for more information.

Research Administration

Information on funding and grant opportunities is distributed via email by the School's . The Research Administration Coordinator also collects and verifies publications data for HERDC and ERA reporting. Also see Research Administration Support.

Commercial Development and Industry Partnerships

1. Link your expertise with business networks:

  • Professional services such as consultancy and testing services;
  • Research collaborations and funding; and
  • Licensing of intellectual property for commercialisation by businesses.

2. Analysing invention and patent management.

3. Providing advice on intellectual property, partnerships, and commercial terms in contractual agreements.

4. Negotiating commercial terms of research and licensing agreements on behalf of the university.

See the Commercial Development and Industry Partnerships site for further information.

Travel for University Business

The University’s travel policy covers staff travelling on pre-approved University business. It covers University staff only, and does not apply to travel for Special Studies Program (SSP), Visiting Scholars, interviews, or relocation of new appointees. See the School travel procedures for more information.

Accommodation for Visiting Academics

Search for local short-term accommodation options on or Recommended options include Rydges Camperdown, Adina Apartment Hotel Chippendale and Adara Camperdown. Sancta Sophia College have short-term bed and breakfast accommodation in their Graduate House.

Library and Information Resources

For Library Services of use to researchers see Services for Research webpage. The Faculty Liaison Librarian for Physics is Charlotte Jarabak. The University has membership to many scientific journals. Your staff card allows you to borrow books and access online information from the library.

For a list of Australian Societies associated with research in physics, see the External Links page.