Postgraduate Research Scholarship in Computational Chemistry | ARC Centre of Excellence in Exciton Science

A stipend scholarship is available for a PhD student to conduct research in computational chemistry within the University of Sydney's School of Chemistry.


The Scholarship will provide a stipend allowance equivalent to the minimum Research Training Program (RTP) Stipend rate (indexed on 1 January each year), up to 3.5 years for a successful PhD, subject to satisfactory academic performance. 

Who is eligible

You must:

  • have an unconditional offer of admission or being currently enrolled to study full-time in a PhD within the School of Chemistry, Faculty of Science at the University of Sydney;
  • be willing to conduct research in computational chemistry;
  • hold at least an Honours degree (First Class) or equivalent in a relevant discipline, or Master’s degree with a substantial research component. 

Please note: An applicant without an unconditional offer of admission may apply and be selected, however, no scholarship offer will be sent until the applicant has an unconditional offer of admission. 


This scholarship has been established to provide financial assistance to a PhD student to undertake multi-disciplinary research, connected to the ARC Centre of Excellence in Exciton Science to develop nanomaterials for solar energy technology, lighting and security systems. 

While methods for making nanostructured materials are often slow or energy intensive, assembly of nanoscale objects promises to be scalable and low-energy and could propel a new wave of development in what is already a $60 billion nanotechnology industry. Today we can make nanoparticles with a vast range of unique properties, shapes and patterns, however organising them into extended structures that could revolutionise technology remains a challenge. This project will use computer simulations to improve our understanding of how to control the spatial arrangement of nanoparticles into structures with potential applications in solar energy capture, lighting and security systems. 

You will apply computational methods developed within our group to characterise the interactions between colloidal nanoparticles and their assembly into ordered structures under a range of different driving forces. Important questions that this project will address include how the presence of molecules on the surface of nanoparticles can be used to tune their interaction, how nanoparticles interact with interfaces and external fields, and how these interactions can be manipulated to assemble complex ordered structures. To help answer these questions, you will use molecular dynamics simulations and statistical mechanics techniques to interrogate the kinetics and thermodynamics of these systems. This will be done in close collaboration with experimental partners in Australia and with other members of our diverse research group at the University of Sydney. 

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