Start your career in nanoscience

Discover why our current students chose to study nanoscience, and learn about how the undergraduate units will help you towards a nanoscience career. Get in touch to join us and be mentored by our academics.

Nano research is a priority area of research and teaching at the University of Sydney, and our academics are at the tops of their fields. Nanoscience and nanotechnology are exciting, modern, rapidly-moving scientific disciplines that make noticeable impact for industry and commercial enterprises, as well as everyday modern life.

Meet Christina, PhD student at Sydney Nano

Undergraduate study

By studying undergraduate nanoscience and nanotechnology, your future career could see you working with experts in medicine, engineering, sustainability, the arts, and other diverse areas. You will graduate with discipline-specific technical skills, as well as the transferable soft skills that employers seek.

Postgraduate study

Find out about the projects Sydney Nano members are working on, and if you are interested in applying visit Research Supervisor Connect. We offer internal scholarships and funding opportunities to University of Sydney students and postdoctoral fellows who are working with Sydney Nano members. 

We have also announced six Grand Challenge projects in 2018 which will have significant social, economic and scientific impact. These will address some of the most important challenges facing our world and we are looking for students interested in contributing to these. The projects are:

1. Safe-by-Design Nanotechnology   

Developing a regulation framework to assess safety, efficacy and toxicity, and guide the future development of nanomaterials – across drug formulations, food additives and biosensors.

2. Advanced Capture of Water from the Atmosphere (ACWA)

Developing a low‐cost method to capture enough water from the atmosphere to alleviate the e ect of drought by providing water for consumption by humans and animals, and for irrigating plants.

3. CO2 Zero

Reducing CO2 emissions in manufacturing processes and converting CO2 into commercial products through nanocatalysis.

4. Computational Materials Discovery

Simulating new materials from a single atom to fully functioning devices using quantum computers, multiscale simulation, artificial intelligence and machine learning.

5. Nanorobotics for Health

Building autonomous, programmable nanorobots to navigate through the body to detect and treat early disease.

6. Unlocking the Neural Interface

Rethinking the means of intervention into the human nervous system to make untreatable neurological diseases treatable, and to transform treatments into comprehensive cures.

To find out more please contact the Grand Challenge project leads directly.

Meet Zach, PhD student at Sydney Nano