Postdoctoral Fellow, Research School of Chemistry

Canberra, Australia
$78,940 - $99,083 per annum, plus 17% superannuation
06 Mar 2023
End of advertisement period
05 Apr 2023
Academic Discipline
Physical Sciences, Chemistry
Contract Type
Fixed Term

Classification: ANU Academic Level A
Salary package: $78,940 - $99,083 per annum, plus 17% superannuation
Terms: Fixed Term (up to 20 months), Full Time (part-time will be considered)
Position description & Selection CriteriaPD and PEWER - Academic Level A Colebatch and White.pdf

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The Position

This appointment is supported by the Australian Research Council Discovery Project ‘Self–assembled supramolecular cages for guest binding and catalysis.’ This is a key role in a friendly, motivated team encompassing members of both the Colebatch and White groups. The research will involve preparing new cationic organic cage molecules in water using hydrazone condensation reactions. You will then  study the binding of guests to these cages and explore their coordination chemistry. In preliminary work, we have shown that the organic cages can bind anionic guests very strongly, even in water (DOI: 10.26434/chemrxiv-2021-qqhs8). This role will build on with this work and study the incorporation of transition metals into the cages to further enhance guest binding and potentially sensing. 

The role is part of a bigger project exploring the use of these cages for catalysis, and a key part of the job will be working with and mentoring 1–2 PhD students as well as supervising undergraduate/BSc(Hons) students on related projects.

The Person

We are looking for a postdoctoral researcher with experience in supramolecular chemistry and/or coordination chemistry with strong skills in organic and/or inorganic synthesis. We are particularly keen to find someone who is enthusiastic about taking a leadership role working with a small team of research students (undergraduate, Honours, PhD) in collaboration with Dr Colebatch and Assoc. Prof. White. The project is hosted in two research groups so an ability to communicate effectively and a willingness to be flexible is essential. Skills in supramolecular chemistry (DOSY NMR, determining association constants) or homogeneous catalysis would be valuable, but are not essential, as are skills in X-ray crystallography or computational chemistry.

Learn more about the ground-breaking research and world class facilities of the Research School of Chemistry here.

For more information about the position, please contact Dr Annie Colebatch: or, Assoc. Prof. Nicholas White

To Apply

To be considered for this position, please upload the following documents:

  • A current curriculum vitae (CV), and
  • A summary addressing your suitability against the selection criteria (no more than two pages).

The committee will consider candidates that do not meet one or more aspects of the selection criteria.

If shortlisted, candidates will be asked to complete a:

  • 20 minute interview
  • 10 minute presentation on their prior research experience

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Please note: The successful candidate will be required to undergo a background check during the recruitment process. An offer of employment is conditional on satisfactory results.

Closing date: 05 April 2023.

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