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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.

Our people

Seminars

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

Date Speaker
13/11

Special seminar:  The 2019 Cornforth Lecturer

  • Speaker: Professor Greg Winter, The Medical Research Council Laboratory of Molecular Biology and 2018 Nobel Prize-winner British biochemistry.
  • Time: 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
  • Venue: The Charles Perkins Centre (CPC) Lecture Theatre (underneath the Cafe)
  • Hosts: Prof. Richard Payne and Faculty of Science
  • All welcome. No booking required. Free.
  • Register at (limited spaces left):  https://bit.ly/2OJZ8AF
14/11

Special seminar: Metal-based antibiotic drug candidates: How new structures lead towards new modes of action

  • Speaker: Professor Nils Metzler-Nolte, Ruhr University, Germany 
  • Time: 11:00 am to 12:00 pm
  • Venue: Chemistry LT2, Level 1
  • Host: Prof. Trevor Hambley
  • All welcome. No booking required. Free.
14/11

Special seminar: Charge and spin transitions in ordered perovskite-structure oxides

  • Speaker: Professor Yuichi Shimakawa, Vice Director of ICR, Advanced Solid State Chemistry, Institute for Chemical Research, Kyoto University, Japan 
  • Time: 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
  • Venue: Chemistry LT2, Level 1
  • Host: Prof. Chris Ling
  • All welcome. No booking required. Free.
15/11

School seminar:  Conversion of light and chemical energy using transition metal complexes:  Electrochemiluminescence and photoredox catalysis

  • Speaker: Professor Paul Francis, School of Life and Environmental Sciences, Deakin University, Victoria, Australia
  • Time: 11:00 am to 12:00 pm
  • Venue: Chemistry LT4, Level 2
  • Host: A/Prof. Liz New
  • All welcome. No booking required. Free.
18/11 - 19/11

Postgraduate Symposium:

  • Speakers: All 2nd Year PhD Students
  • Posters: 1st Year and 3rd Year PhD Students
  • Time: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm 
  • Venue: Chemistry LT1, Level 1
  • Host: Sydney University Chemical Society (SUCS)
  • Oral Presentations from 2nd Year PhD Students (as per APR requirements)
  • Poster Presentations from 1st, 3rd/4th Year PhD students and all Master students
  • Career/Alumni session organised by The Faculty of Science
  • Information on how to register for an oral presentation or poster. https://forms.gle/NXXmhsmtekS48uzc6
  • All staff and students welcome. Lunch provided. Free to attend.
22/11

School seminar: 

  • Speaker: Associate Professor Christopher Thompson, School of Chemistry, Monash University
  • Time: 11:00 am to 12:00 pm
  • Venue: Chemistry LT4, Level 2
  • Host: Dr Stephen George-Williams
  • All welcome. No booking required. Free.
27/11

Special seminar: 

  • Speaker: Dr Manuel Nuño, Vapourtec Ltd, Suffolk, United Kingdom
  • Time: 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
  • Venue: Room 418, Level 4, School of Chemistry
  • Host: Prof. Richard Payne
  • All welcome. No booking required. Free.
27/11

Special seminar: 

  • Speaker: Associate Professor Amir Karton, RACI Polymer Chemistry Lectureship, School of Chemistry, University of Western Australia 
  • Time: 11:00 am to 12:00 pm
  • Venue: Chemistry LT4, Level 2
  • Host: E/Prof. Leo Radom
  • All welcome. No booking required. Free.
29/11

School seminar: 

  • Speaker: Professor Audrey Moores, Department of Chemistry, McGill University, Canada
  • Time: 11:00 am to 12:00 pm
  • Venue: Chemistry LT4, Level 2
  • Host: A/Prof. Liz New
  • All welcome. No booking required. Free.
Date Speaker
09/12

Postgraduate seminar: 

  • Speaker:  Mr Philippe Nashar, School of Chemistry, The University of Sydney
  • Time: 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm (Refreshments to follow this seminar)
  • Venue: Chemistry LT2, Level 1
  • Host: A/Prof. Chris McErlean
  • All welcome. No booking required. Free.
13/12

Special seminar: 

  • Speaker: Dr William Brant, Department of Chemistry, Uppsala University, Sweden
  • Time: 10:00 am to 11:00 pm
  • Venue: Chemistry LT2, Level 1
  • Host: Dr Siegbert Schmid
  • All welcome. No booking required. Free.
13/12

School seminar: 

  • Speaker: Dr Michael Grunweld, Department of Chemistry, The University of Utah, USA 
  • Time: 11:00 am to 12:00 pm
  • Venue: Chemistry LT4, Level 2
  • Host: Dr Asaph Widmer-Cooper
  • All welcome. No booking required. Free.
16/12

Postgraduate seminar: 

  • Speaker:  Mr Pierre Naeyaert, School of Chemistry, The University of Sydney
  • Time: 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm (Refreshments to follow this seminar)
  • Venue: Chemistry LT2, Level 1
  • Host: Prof. Chris Ling
  • All welcome. No booking required. Free.
Date Speaker
20/1

Postgraduate seminar: 

  • Speaker:  Mr Ahmed Owais Mohamed Ahmed, School of Chemistry, The University of Sydney
  • Time: 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm (Refreshments to follow this seminar)
  • Venue: Chemistry LT2, Level 1
  • Host: A/Prof. Chiara Neto
  • All welcome. No booking required. Free.
   
Date Speaker
28/02

School seminar: 

  • Speaker: Professor Katsuhiro Maeda, WPI Nano Life Science Institute (WPI-NanoLSI), Kanazawa University, Japan
  • Time: 11:00 am to 12:00 pm
  • Venue: Chemistry LT4, Level 2
  • Host: Dr Girish Lakhwani
  • 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. 

 

Head of School

Professor Philip Gale
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