Postdoctoral Research Associate in Chemistry

Sydney, Australia
22 Dec 2017
End of advertisement period
31 Jan 2018
Academic Discipline
Physical Sciences, Chemistry
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

School of Chemistry

Faculty of Science

  • Join an organisation that encourages progressive thinking
  • Be valued for your exceptional knowledge and experience in Chemistry
  • Full time, Fixed term for 3 years, Remuneration base salary $106K p.a. which includes salary, leave loading and up to 17% superannuation

About the opportunity 

The School of Chemistry at the University of Sydney is one of the main centres for chemical research and education in Australia and has access to a comprehensive range of modern research and teaching facilities. The School attracts outstanding undergraduate students, including large numbers of talented students, from all over Australia. It has a large cohort of postgraduate research students and offers a vibrant and world class research environment.

The School is currently seeking a Postdoctoral Research Associate in Chemistry.

In this role you will:

  • Conduct synthesis, anion binding studies and anion transport studies on receptor systems designed to allow the flow of chloride, bicarbonate and other species through lipid bilayer membrane.
  • Present research findings at conferences and preparing papers for publication in refereed journals.
  • Be responsible for administrative tasks relating to project organisation, safety matters and general lab management within the group.
  • Provide supervision for research students and be a good role model as a senior member of the research group, demonstrating professionalism in research ethics and integrity, day-to-day lab housekeeping and safe practices.
  • Contribute to preparation of grant proposals for research funding.

About you

The University values courage and creativity; openness and engagement; inclusion and diversity; and respect and integrity. As such, we see the importance in recruiting talent aligned to these values in the pursuit of research excellence.

We are looking for a candidate with the following skills and experience:

  • PhD in Chemistry
  • Synthesis of supramolecular and macrocyclic anion receptors
  • Guest complexation studies by various techniques
  • Experience of supramolecular chemistry techniques (e.g. binding/transport assays)
  • Experience in research record keeping and regular disseminatation of research findings at group meetings and conferences
  • Experience in writing up results for publications as sole author or in collaboration and contributing to grant proposals
  • Proven ability in developing novel techniques and investigative research methods as evidenced by a track record of publications in leading general interest chemistry journals (i.e. JACS, Angew. Chem. or higher impact publications)
  • The capability to analyse complex problems and, drawing from research experience and initiative, develop methodologies and practical approaches to solve them

About us

Since our inception 160 years ago, the University of Sydney has led to improve the world around us. We believe in education for all and that effective leadership makes lives better. These same values are reflected in our approach to diversity and inclusion, and underpin our long-term strategy for growth. We’re Australia's first university and have an outstanding global reputation for academic and research excellence. Across our campuses, we employ over 6000 academic and non-academic staff who support over 60,000 students.

For more information on the position and University, please view the candidate information pack available from the job’s listing on the University of Sydney careers website.

All applications must be submitted via the University of Sydney careers website. Visit and search by the reference number to apply and address selection criteria.

Closing date: 11:30pm 31 January 2018 (Sydney Time)

The University of Sydney is committed to diversity and social inclusion. Applications from people of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds; equity target groups including women, people with disabilities, people who identify as LGBTIQ; and people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent, are encouraged.

If we think your skills are needed in other areas of the University, we will be sure to contact you about other opportunities.

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