PhD Scholarship for Chemistry

Brisbane, Australia
09 Jan 2018
End of advertisement period
07 Feb 2018
Academic Discipline
Physical Sciences, Chemistry
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

The School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences

The School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences (SCMB) 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 state-of-the-art laboratories and research infrastructure.

The Roles

Up to three PhD scholarships are currently available in the field of molecular modelling and computational chemistry. The successful candidates will undertake fundamental research directed toward a range of end-user applications, including the development of new technologies for increasing the environmental sustainability of the chemical manufacturing industry, and the design of novel functional organic materials for opto-electronics technologies such as energy-efficient lighting. The candidates will work under the supervision of Dr Elizabeth Krenske ( within SCMB and will also collaborate with other leading researchers, including (in the case of research on opto-electronics technologies) UQ’s Centre for Organic Photonics and Electronics (COPE) (

The Person

Applicants will possess a 1st Class Honours degree or equivalent in Chemistry. Australian and New Zealand applicants should be eligible for an Australian Postgraduate Award (APA) or equivalent (for more information, please visit: A strong background in organic chemistry is essential. Further background in computational or theoretical chemistry and/or computer programming is desirable, but not essential.

Mandatory requirements for applicants:

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

Desirable requirements for applicants:

For international applicants: at Least 2 peer-reviewed research publications.

Scholarship Remuneration:

Prospective students will be provided with assistance to apply for a scholarship.  Domestic students will be expected to apply for an APA or equivalent scholarship, while international students will be expected to apply for UQ scholarships for international students for stipend and tuition support.

Students who are unable to win one of these scholarships may be considered for a stipend equivalent to an APA of $27,082 per annum tax free (2018 rate, indexed annually) for three years with the possibility of a six month extension in approved circumstances, and is subject to the UQ Research Scholarship General Conditions.


To discuss these scholarships, please contact Dr Elizabeth Krenske at


To submit an application for this role, use the Apply button below. All applicants must supply the following documents:

  1. A cover letter (including the names of 3 referees);
  2. A resume; and
  3. Academic transcripts for all post-secondary study undertaken, complete or incomplete, including the institution grading scale;

Important: please do not send your application directly to the person listed in the enquiries section of the advertisement since these will not be considered. Applications not received via UQ Jobs online system will not be considered.

For information on completing the application process click here.

Applications Close: 28 February 2018