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School of Chemistry

Driving breakthroughs in energy, health and the environment
Working with industry, government and the community to support researchers and educate aspiring chemists as they work to address critical real-world challenges. We are recognised as one of the top Chemistry Schools in Australia.

Our philosophy and practice of using research-led teaching provides all of our students with the latest, cutting-edge scientific knowledge and invaluable problem-solving skills as they embark upon their careers.

Research fellowships

We are one of Australia's leading research departments, and has enjoyed considerable success in attracting competitive research grants from the ARC and NHMRC over recent years. The school is home to a large number of Research Fellows including ARC DECRA and Future Fellows, and NHMRC Early Career and Principal Research Fellows.

To ensure the school remains at the forefront of chemical research and teaching we are always keen to attract talented researchers at all levels. The school and the University have considerable expertise to assist staff in the development of competitive fellowship applications. There are a range of sources for funding of research fellowships, which are outlined on the Research Office website.

For further information on assistance offered to potential applicants at the School of Chemistry please contact the Associate Head of Research, Professor Chris Ling.

Key fellowships available

The Australian Research Council (ARC) runs a number of programs that provide an independently funded position for high-performing researchers at different stages of their careers. The School encourages external applications for all these schemes, and provides support to qualified candidates in the form of helping to identify synergies with current School staff and facilities, writing assistance, and negotiating internal in-kind and cash co-contributions.

ARC DECRA (3 years - Early Career researchers, up to 5 years post- PhD with allowances for career interruption)

ARC Future Fellowships (4 years - Mid Career researchers, up to 15 years post-PhD with allowances for career interruption)

Australian Laureate Fellowships (5 years - the highest level of Fellowship)

The prestigious University of Sydney Fellowship supports early career researchers (up to 5 years post-PhD) to undertake independent research for 3 years.

Key staff

Professor Phil Gale
Head of School

Associate Professor Deanna D'Alessandro
Deputy Head of School

Jody Cutler
School Manager

Seminars

We run a number of free seminars every month. All are welcome, no booking is required.

Date Speaker
2/11 School Seminar:
Speaker
: Dr Belinda Abbott, Department of Chemistry and Physics, La Trobe University, Australia. Time: 11:00 am to 12:00 pm. Venue: Chemistry LT4, Level 2. Host: A/Prof Liz New.
5/11 Postgraduate Seminar: Mr Eddie Zwicker, School of Chemistry, The University of Sydney. Time: 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm. Refreshments to follow this lecture. Venue: Chemistry LT4, Level 2. Hosts: Prof Kate Jolliffe and A/Prof Liz New.
7/11 738th Meeting of The Sydney University Chemical Society presents: 
Speaker: Associate Professor Liz New, School of Chemistry, The University of Sydney, Australia.  Time: 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm Refreshments from 5:00 pm outside LT4. Venue: Chemistry LT4, Level 2.  Host: Dr Ivan Kassal.
16/11 School Seminar:
Speaker:
 Professor Jane Aldrich College of Pharmacy, University of Florida, USA.
Time: 11:00 am to 12:00 pm. Venue: Chemistry LT4, Level 2 Talk: TBA. Host: Dr Yu Heng Lau
21/11 Special Seminar:
Speaker
: Professor Joakim Andreasson, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden. Time: 11:00 am to 12:00 pm. Venue: Chemistry LT4, Level 2. Host: Prof Kate Jolliffe.
All welcome. No booking required. Free.
22/11 School Seminar:
Speaker
: Professor Alessio Ciulli, School of Life Sciences, University of Dundee, UK. Time: 11:00 am to 12:00 pm. Venue: Chemistry LT4, Level 2.  Host: Dr Yu Heng Lau.
26/11 Special Seminar
Speaker: Professor David MacMillan, Department of Chemistry, Princeton University, USA.  Time: 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm. Venue: Chemistry LT4, Level 2.  Host: Prof Richard Payne.
27/11 Special Seminar
Speaker: Professor Bradley Moore, Center for Marine Biotechnology and Biomedicine, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, USA.Time: 11:00 am to 12:00 pm. Venue: Chemistry LT4, Level 2.  Host: Prof Richard Payne.
All welcome. No booking required. Free.
28/11 The 2018 Cornforth Lecture  
Speaker: Professor David MacMillan, Department of Chemistry, Princeton University, USA.  Time: 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm. Venue: Chemistry LT4, Level 2.  Host: Prof Richard Payne.
29/11 Special Seminar  
Speaker: Professor David MacMillan, Department of Chemistry, Princeton University, USA.  Time: 10:00 am to 11:00 am. Venue: Chemistry LT4, Level 2.  Host: Prof Richard Payne.
30/11 Special Seminar 
Speaker: Professor David MacMillan, Department of Chemistry, Princeton University, USA.  Time: 11:00 am to 12:00 pm. Venue: Chemistry LT4, Level 2.  Host: Prof Richard Payne.
Date Speaker
3/12 Postgraduate Seminar: 
Rui (Grace) Zhang,  
School of Chemistry, The University of Sydney. Time: 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm. Refreshments to follow this lecture. Venue: Chemistry LT2, Level 1.
Host:  
Prof Thomas Maschmeyer. All welcome. No booking required.
7/12 School Seminar: 
Speaker:  
Professor Berend Smit, Laboratory of Molecular Simulation, Institut des Sciences et Ingenierie Chimiques, Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL), Lausanne, Switzerland. Time: 11:00 am to 12:00 pm. Refreshments to follow this lecture. Venue: Chemistry LT4, Level 2.
Host:  
A/Prof Deanna D'Alessandro.
All welcome. No booking required. Free.

Equity, diversity and inclusion

The School of Chemistry is committed to supporting equity, diversity and inclusion and has set up a committee to oversee these principles.

We make all efforts to support staff with caring responsibilities and retaining staff who are planning a career transition such as parental leave. We have developed a Parental Leave Process to reinforce the School’s commitment to supporting and growing a talented and diverse workforce. We also supply access to a parents room for staff and students with young children.

Read the committee’s Terms of Reference here. 

 

News bites

Read about the collaborative work of our own Professor Brendan Kennedy, PhD student Gabriel Murphy and ANSTO's Dr Zhaoming Zhang at the ANSTO news site.

Well done to Professor Michael Kassiou and Dr William Jorgensen who have been awarded a NHMRC Principal Research Fellowship and a NHMRC Early Career Fellowship respectively. Michael's research will look at small molecule therapeutics for brain disorders and William's research will look at the development of ion channel modulators for the treatment of neurological disorders.

Congratulations to Debora Monego, a PhD student in Dr Asaph Widmer-Cooper's group, who has recently received two awards to help support her research on ligand-mediated interactions between nanoparticles; a University of Sydney Nano Institute Postgraduate Top-up Scholarship and an Australian Nanotechnology Network Overseas Travel Fellowship. 

Head of School

Professor Philip Gale
Professor Philip Gale
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