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  • #1 ranked university in NSW for chemistry
  • 167 years of education and research in chemistry
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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 Liz New
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
09/09

Postgraduate seminar:  

  • Speaker: Mr Patrick Doheny, 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: A/Prof. Deanna D'Alessandro
  • All welcome. No booking required. Free.
13/09

School seminar: 

  • Speaker: Dr Sinead Keaveney, Early Career Researcher, Macquarie University
  • Time: 11:00 am to 12:00 noon
  • Venue: Chemistry LT4, Level 2
  • Host: Dr Stephen George-Williams
  • All welcome. No booking required. Free.
16/09

Special seminar:  2019 The Ernest Ritchie Memorial Lecture

  • Speaker: Professor Tom Muir, Department of Chemistry, Princeton University
  • Time: 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm
  • Venue: Chemistry LT2, Level 1
  • Host: Prof. Richard Payne
  • All welcome. No booking required. Free.
17/09

Special seminar: 

  • Speaker: Professor Annelise E. Barron, Schools of Engineering and Medicine, Stanford University, USA
  • Time: 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
  • Venue: New Law School Seminar room 100 (Hicksons), Eastern Avenue, The University of Sydney (Building F10)
  • Host: Dr Girish Lakhwani
  • All welcome. No booking required. Free.
18/09

Special seminar: 

  • Speaker: Dr Angela Ziebell, Early Career Researcher, Monash University
  • Time: 11:00 am to 12:00 noon
  • Venue: Chemistry LT4, Level 2
  • Host: Dr Stephen George-Williams
  • All welcome. No booking required. Free.
20/09

School seminar: 

  • Speaker: Dr Yuning Hong, Department of Chemistry and Physics, Latrobe University
  • Time: 11:00 am to 12:00 noon
  • Venue: Chemistry LT4, Level 2
  • Host: Prof. Kate Jolliffe
  • All welcome. No booking required. Free.
25/09

Special seminar: 

  • Speaker: Assistant Professor V. Sara Thoi, Department of Chemistry, Johns Hopkins University, USA
  • Time: 11:00 am to 12:00 noon
  • Venue: Chemistry LT4, Level 2
  • Host: A/Prof Liz New
  • All welcome. No booking required. Free.
27/09

School seminar: 

  • Speaker: Professor David Lupton, School of Chemistry, Monash University
  • Time: 11:00 am to 12:00 noon
  • Venue: Chemistry LT4, Level 2
  • Host: Prof. Richard Payne
  • All welcome. No booking required. Free.
Date Speaker
04/10

School seminar: 

  • Speaker: Professor Clemens Richert, Department of Chemistry, University of Stuttgart, Germany
  • Time: 11:00 pm to 12:00 pm
  • Venue: Chemistry LT4, Level 2
  • Host: Dr Girish Lakhwani
  • All welcome. No booking required. Free.
11/10

School seminar: 

  • Speaker:  Dr Stephan Rachel, School of Physics, University of Melbourne, Australia
  • Time: 11:00 pm to 12:00 pm
  • Venue: Chemistry LT4, Level 2
  • Host: Prof. Chris Ling
  • All welcome. No booking required. Free.
16/10

Special seminar: 

  • Speaker: Professor Tina Overton, School of Chemistry, Monash University 
  • Time: 11:00 pm to 12:00 pm
  • Venue: Chemistry LT4, Level 2
  • Host: Dr Stephen George-Williams
  • All welcome. No booking required. Free.
16/10
Sydney University Chemical Society seminar: 
  • Speaker: Professor Veena Sahajwalla, Centre for Sustainable Materials Research and Techology (SMaRT), The University of New South Wales
  • Time: 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm (Light refreshments from 5:00 pm outside LT2)
  • Venue: Chemistry LT2, Level 1
  • Host: Dr Alexander Yuen
  • All welcome. No booking required. Free.
18/10

School seminar: 

  • Speaker:  Professor Günter Haufe, Institute of Organic Chemistry, Münster University, Germany
  • Time: 11:00 pm to 12:00 pm
  • Venue: Chemistry LT4, Level 2
  • Host: Dr Yu Heng Lau
  • All welcome. No booking required. Free.
Date Speaker
06/11

Special seminar: 

  • Speaker: Professor Bart-Jan Ravoo , Center for Soft Nanoscience (SoN), Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster, Germany
  • Time: 11:00 pm to 12:00 pm
  • Venue: Chemistry LT4, Level 2
  • Host: Prof. Kate Jolliffe
  • All welcome. No booking required. Free.
06/11

Sydney University Chemical Society seminar: 

  • Speaker: Dr Alice Motion, School of Chemistry, The University of Sydney
  • Time: 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm (Light refreshments from 5:00 pm outside LT2)
  • Venue: Chemistry LT2, Level 1
  • Host: Dr Alexander Yuen
  • All welcome. No booking required. Free.
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: TBC
  • Venue: TBC
  • Hosts: Prof. Richard Payne and Faculty of Science
  • All welcome. No booking required. Free.
15/11

School seminar: 

  • Speaker: Professor Paul Francis, School of Life and Environmental Sciences, Deakin University, Victoria, Australia
  • Time: 11:00 pm to 12:00 pm
  • Venue: Chemistry LT4, Level 2
  • Host: A/Prof. Liz New
  • All welcome. No booking required. Free.
22/11

School seminar: 

  • Speaker: Associate Professor Christopher Thompson, School of Chemistry, Monash University
  • Time: 11:00 pm 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: Associate Professor Amir Karton, RACI PC lectureship, School of Chemistry, University of Western Australia 
  • Time: 11:00 pm to 12:00 pm
  • Venue: Chemistry LT4, Level 2
  • Host: Prof. Richard Payne
  • All welcome. No booking required. Free.
29/11

School seminar: 

  • Speaker: Professor Audrey Moores, Department of Chemistry, McGill University, Canada
  • Time: 11:00 pm to 12:00 pm
  • Venue: Chemistry LT4, Level 2
  • Host: A/Prof. Liz New
  • All welcome. No booking required. Free.
Date Speaker
13/12

School seminar: 

  • Speaker: Dr Michael Grunweld, Department of Chemistry, The University of Utah, USA 
  • Time: 11:00 pm to 12:00 pm
  • Venue: Chemistry LT4, Level 2
  • Host: Dr Asaph Widmer-Cooper
  • 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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