PhD Scholarship, Novel Organic Dyes

Wollongong, Australia
12 Jul 2019
End of advertisement period
11 Aug 2019
Academic Discipline
Physical Sciences, Chemistry
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time


PhD Opportunity (with stipend), novel organic dyes, Australian Institute for Innovative Materials (AIIM)

The opportunity

The Australian Institute for Innovative Materials(AIIM) is the flagship research institute at the University of Wollongong with a focus on multidisciplinary materials science fundamental and applied research. The Australian Research Council has awarded a Discovery Project to determine the effect of molecular shape and size on electron transfer rates between surface immobilised electron acceptors and redox mediator donors dissolved in an electrolyte. A PhD Scholarship opportunity arises, as part of this Discovery Project, with a focus to synthesize a series of novel organic dyes with various electron donor groups characterized with different shapes and sizes. The outcomes will inform design principles for high efficiency photo-electrochemical solar energy conversion systems. The ARC Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science will host this research within the AIIM. The PhD candidate will be supervised by Dr Pawel Wagner, see profile

The research will be undertaken, on a full time basis, at the AIIM facility at the Innovation Campus in Wollongong, New South Wales. The PhD candidate will have to the opportunity to work closely and interactively with other members of the multinational research team, including members from New Zealand and Japan.


The 2019 Research Training Program (RTP) living allowance stipend is AUD $27,596 per annum (indexed annually), tax free for three years and is offered as part of this PhD opportunity.


Applicants must hold relevant Master / honours level qualifications in relevant discipline (e.g. synthetic chemistry, materials science). Experience in modification of aromatic compounds and push-pull molecular archtecture will be highly regarded. It is essential that PhD Scholarship applicants can work collaboratively in a multi discipline team. Excellent English language (written and oral) skills are required.

How to Apply

Lodge your Expression of Interest (EOI) via the University of Wollongong online recruitment portal at

Expressions of Interest close 11:59 pm AEST Friday 9th August 2019.

Your EOI must include:

  • A written statement (maximum 2 pages) describing your interest in the research project
  • A current curriculum vitae including the names of two academic referees
  • Your Academic Transcripts

For all enquiries related to this PhD opportunity, please contact Dr Pawel Wagner (,

Primary Location: Australia-New South Wales-Wollongong
Employee Status: Fixed Term
Schedule: Full-time
Closing Date: 09/08/2019, 9:59:00 PM
Salary Details: As per advertisement
HR Contact: Pawel Wagner
Contact Email: