PhD Scholarship in Chemistry

Brisbane, Australia
06 Dec 2018
End of advertisement period
06 Jan 2019
Academic Discipline
Physical Sciences, Chemistry
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

The School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences

The School of Chemistry & Molecular Biosciences at the University of Queensland (UQ) is one of Australia's leading schools in the disciplines of chemistry and biosciences ( and hosts a number of first-class research centres with modern research laboratories for state-of-the-art equipment and research infrastructure.

The Role

The successful PhD candidate will undertake the development (materials design, synthesis and characterization) of functional organic materials for opto-electronics (e.g., organic light-emitting diodes and photodetectors). The candidate will work under the supervision of Dr. Lo at UQ's Centre for Organic Photonics and Electronics (COPE) (

The Person

Applicants should possess a BSc Hons, MSc, or equivalent, majoring in a relevant discipline (e.g. chemistry or material chemistry). Candidates should show strong academic performance (e.g. a 1st Class Honours degree or equivalent in chemistry), and have good oral and written communication skills. Good research experiences with relevant techniques, such as multi-step material synthesis, purification and characterisation, as well as material chemistry will be favorably considered.

Applicants must be eligible to enroll in a PhD with The University of Queensland. For a complete list of the University of Queensland's minimum entry requirements please refer to:

Both domestic and international candidates are welcome to apply.

Mandatory requirements for applicants:

  1. Excellent academic performance to Honours as evidenced by a high Grade Point Average (GPA); or
  2. International applicants must have a Masters degree and meet the University of Queensland's English Language Proficiency (ELP) requirements, detailed at

Desirable requirements for international applicants:

At least 2 peer-reviewed research publications.


Applicants must note that selection by The School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences (SCMB) for participation in this research project, and admission to UQ are two separate processes. The applicant who successfully applies to this PhD research project opportunity will then be required to apply to the UQ Graduate School for admission.

SCMB will assist the successful applicant with their application for admission, but note that a successful application to SCMB for this research project does not guarantee a successful application to the UQ Graduate School for admission. Selected prospective students will receive assistance to apply for University living allowance and tuition fee scholarships. The 2018 Research Training Program (RTP) living allowance stipend rate is AUD$27,082 (indexed annually), which is tax-free for three years with two possible extensions of up to 6 months each in approved circumstances (conditions apply).  For further information on scholarships refer to:


To discuss the role please contact Dr. Shih-Chun Lo on To find out more about Dr. Lo:


To apply for this position, please attach your current CV, transcripts and a cover letter outlining your reasons for applying and the suitability for the scholarship. (International application should include valid IELTS test results meeting with the University's minimum requirements.)

Applications Close: 6 January 2019