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Postgraduate Research Scholarship in Chiral Nano-optics

A postgraduate research scholarship

Up to $28,854 stipend scholarship assistance to PhD students undertaking research in the field of optical spectroscopy and nano-optics.

Highlights

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$28,854 per annum  (up to 3.5 years)
  • Domestic/international student
  • Research in toptical spectroscopy and nano-optics
  • Hold an Honours degree (First Class) or a Master's degree 
  • Strong background in physical chemistry or chemical physics
30 May 2022 24 June 2022

How to apply

Apply here.

Benefits

The Scholarship will provide an annual stipend allowance equivalent to the minimum RTP rate (indexed to the RTP rate on January One each year) for up to three years, subject to satisfactory academic performance. The recipient may apply for an extension of up to 6 months. 

Who's eligible

You must:

  • have an unconditional offer for full-time studies in a PhD within the School of Chemistry in the Faculty of Science at the University of Sydney
  • be willing to undertake research in the field of optical spectroscopy and nano-optics
  • hold an Honours degree (First Class) or a Master's degree in a related field with a substantial research component, or equivalent
  • have a strong background in physical chemistry or chemical physics
  • demonstrate proficiency in mathematics and material science
  • have Associate Professor Girish Lakhwani as your primary supervisor. 

Applicants without an unconditional offer of admission may apply and be selected, however, no scholarship offer will be sent until the applicant has an unconditional offer of admission.

Background

A unique opportunity is available for an outstanding PhD scholar to undertake research in chiral nano-optics.

The PhD student awarded with this scholarship will join a multidisciplinary research team, with strong interactions with other research groups and institutions working under the ARC Centre of Excellence in Exciton Science. The overall mission of the Centre is to examine and manipulate the way light energy is absorbed, transported and transformed in advanced molecular materials.

This scholarship is available for the project on chiral nano-optics in the research group of Associate Professor Girish Lakhwani in the School of Chemistry. The aim of the project is to harness molecular chirality and spin for next generation light emitting devices and spin filters. The project will involve spectroscopic characterisation of advanced semiconductor materials and their performance in devices such as optical switches and sensors.

1. Background

a. This scholarship is available for the project on chiral nano-optics in the research group of A/Prof Girish Lakhwani in the School of Chemistry. The aim of the project is to harness molecular chirality and spin for next generation light emitting devices and spin filters. The project will involve spectroscopic characterisation of advanced semiconductor materials and their performance in devices such as optical switches and sensors.

b. The PhD student awarded with this scholarship will join a multidisciplinary research team, with strong interactions with other research groups and institutions (the Parties) working under the ARC Centre of Excellence in Exciton Science (the Centre). The overall mission of the Centre is to examine and manipulate the way light energy is absorbed, transported and transformed in advanced molecular materials.

2. Eligibility

a. Applicant will be awarded the scholarship subject to getting an unconditional offer for full-time studies in a PhD within the School of Chemistry in the Faculty of Science at the University of Sydney.

b. Applicants without an unconditional offer of admission may apply and be selected, however, no scholarship offer will be sent until the applicant has an unconditional offer of admission.

c. Applicants must be willing to undertake research in the field of optical spectroscopy and nano-optics.

d. Applicants must also hold an Honours degree (First Class) or a Master's degree in a related field with a substantial research component, or equivalent.

e. Applicants must have a strong background in physical chemistry or chemical physics. Applicants must also demonstrate proficiency in mathematics and material science.

f. Applicant’s primary supervisor must be A/Prof Girish Lakhwani.

3. Selection Criteria

a. The successful applicant will be awarded the Scholarship on the basis of:

I. academic merit,
II. demonstrated research experience,
III. area of study and/or research proposal,
IV. curriculum vitae,
V. feedback from two academic referees, and
VI. a personal statement that demonstrates their interest in optical spectroscopy and/or nano-optics.

b. Shortlisted applicants may be requested to attend an interview.

c. The successful applicant will be awarded the Scholarship on the nomination of Dr Girish Lakhwani in the School of Chemistry.

4. Value

a. The Scholarship will provide a stipend allowance equivalent to the minimum Research Training Program (RTP) Stipend rate (indexed on 1 January each year) for up to three years, subject to satisfactory academic performance.

b. The PhD recipient encouraged to complete their PhD in 3 years but may apply for an extension of the primary stipend allowance for up to 6 months.

c. Periods of study already undertaken towards the degree prior to the commencement of the Scholarship may be deducted from the maximum duration of the Scholarship excluding the potential extension period.

d. The Scholarship is for commencement in relevant research period in which it is offered. It cannot be deferred or transferred to another area of research without prior approval.

e. No other amount is payable.

f. The Scholarship will be offered subject to the availability of funding.

5. Eligibility for Progression

a. Progression is subject to passing the annual progress evaluation.

6. Leave Arrangements

a. The Scholarship recipient receives up to 20 working days recreation leave each year of the Scholarship and this may be accrued. However, the student will forfeit any unused leave remaining when the Scholarship is terminated or complete. Recreation leave does not attract a leave loading and the supervisor's agreement must be obtained before leave is taken.

b. The Scholarship recipient may take up to 10 working days sick leave each year of the Scholarship and this may be accrued over the tenure of the Scholarship. Students with family responsibilities, caring for sick children or relatives, or experiencing domestic violence, may convert up to five days of their annual sick leave entitlement to carer’s leave on presentation of medical certificate(s). Students taking sick leave must inform their supervisor as soon as practicable.

7. Research Overseas

a. The Scholarship recipient may not normally conduct research overseas within the first six months of award.

b. The recipient is required to follow official advice from the University and Department of Foreign Affairs and Travel in light of travel restrictions due to Covid-19.

c. The Scholarship holder may conduct up to 12 months of their research outside Australia. Approval must be sought from the student's supervisor, Head of School and the Faculty via application to the Higher Degree by Research Administration Centre (HDRAC) and will only be granted if the research is essential for completion of the degree.

d. In addition, further approval may be required as outlined in the University of Sydney’s Covid-19 Response Plan.

e. All periods of overseas research are cumulative and will be counted towards a student's candidature. Students must remain enrolled full-time at the University and receive approval to count time away.

f. If the recipient is conducting research outside of Australia, the recipient acknowledges that the University of Sydney is not liable for any costs incurred. This includes but is not limited to: cost of travel and transfers (unless stated under section 4 (Value) of this scholarship to amount listed), delays due to travel restrictions or State and/or Federal quarantine requirements on their return to Australia.

8. Suspension

a. The Scholarship recipient cannot suspend their award within their first six months of study, unless a legislative provision applies.

b. The Scholarship recipient may apply for up to 12 months suspension of the Scholarship for any reason during the tenure of the Scholarship. Periods of Scholarship suspension are cumulative and failure to resume study after suspension will result in the award being terminated. Approval must be sought from the student's supervisor, Head of School and the Faculty via application to the Higher Degree by Research Administration Centre (HDRAC). Periods of study towards the degree during suspension of the Scholarship will be deducted from the maximum tenure of the Scholarship.

9. Changes in Enrolment

a. The Scholarship recipient must notify HDRAC and their supervisor promptly of any planned changes to their enrolment including but not limited to: attendance pattern, suspension, leave of absence, withdrawal, course transfer, and candidature upgrade or downgrade. If the award holder does not provide notice of the changes identified above, the University may require repayment of any overpaid stipend.

10. Termination

a. Unless terminated earlier, the Scholarship will terminate:

I. on resignation or withdrawal of the student from their Masters by Research or PhD,
II. upon the student having completed the maximum candidature for their degree as per the University of Sydney (Higher Degree by Research) Rule 2011 Policy,
III. upon submission of the thesis or at the end of the award,
IV. if the student ceases to be a full-time student and prior approval has not been obtained to hold the Scholarship on a part-time basis,
V. if the recipient receives an alternative primary scholarship. In such circumstances this Scholarship will be terminated in favour of the alternative scholarship where it is of higher value,
VI. does not resume study at the end of a period of approved leave, or
VII. If the student ceases to meet the eligibility requirements specified for this Scholarship, (other than during a period in which the Scholarship has been suspended or during a period of approved leave).

b. The Scholarship may also be terminated by the University before this time if, in the opinion of the University:

I. the course of study is not being carried out with competence and diligence or in accordance with the terms of this offer,
II. the student fails to maintain satisfactory progress, or
III. the student has committed misconduct or other inappropriate conduct.

c. Stipend payments will be suspended throughout the duration of any enquiry/appeal process.

d. Once the Scholarship has been terminated, it will not be reinstated unless due to University error.

11. Misconduct

a. Where during the Scholarship a student engages in misconduct, or other inappropriate conduct (either during the Scholarship or in connection with the student’s application and eligibility for the Scholarship), which in the opinion of the University warrants recovery of funds paid to the student, the University may require the student to repay stipend amounts and any other payments made to the student in connection with the Scholarship. Examples of such conduct include and without limitation; academic dishonesty, research misconduct within the meaning of the Research Code of Conduct (for example, plagiarism in proposing, carrying out or reporting the results of research, or failure to declare or manage a serious conflict of interests), breach of the Code of Conduct for Students and misrepresentation in the application materials or other documentation associated with the Scholarship.

b. The University may require such repayment at any time during or after the Scholarship period. In addition, by accepting this Scholarship, the student consents to all aspects of any investigation into misconduct in connection with this Scholarship being disclosed by the University to the funding body and/or any relevant professional body.

12. Intellectual Property

a. The successful recipient of this Scholarship (the Student) must complete the Student Deed Poll supplied by the University of Sydney.

13. Confidentiality

a. The Student is required to keep all confidential information disclosed by any of the Party confidential and not to use the confidential information except for the Activities unless required by law; not copy, in whole or in part, any Confidential Information without the prior written permission of the disclosing Party.

b. At written request of the disclosing Party, the Student must return to the disclosing Party any documents originating from the disclosing Party which embody Confidential Information.

14. Publications

a. The Student must acknowledge the support of their scholarship in any media, publications or presentations arising from the research. This must include acknowledgement of the ARC funding and comply with the guidelines as outlined on the ARC Open Access Policy.

b. If the Student wishes to make a disclosure of Confidential Information of another Party by means of a Publication, the Student must first obtain consent from the relevant Party whose Intellectual Property rights could be prejudiced or compromised.

c. Within ten (10) days of receiving a request contemplated by clause 14.b each Reviewing Party will respond by either:

I. providing consent to the Publication;
II. advising what steps are reasonably necessary prior to the Publication proceeding including suggestion amendment to the Publication to ensure that Intellectual Property and/or Confidential Information is not compromised.

d. If the Student has not received a response from the Reviewing Party within the ten (10) days referred to above, it will be entitled to assume consent has been granted by the Reviewing Party to publish the draft in the form in which the Publication was submitted for review.

e. Details and copies of all Publications must be reported to the Centre Manager and the Centre Director.

15. Acknowledgement

a. The Student agrees that they will acknowledge another Party's contribution in any publication or public disclosure made in respect of the Activities.

b. All Publications must acknowledge the role of the ARC as a major provider of funding for the Centre.

c. The ARC's contribution and support of the Centre must be acknowledged (wherever possible) by the Student at any time during or after completion of the Centre, when the Parties or the researchers or any other party publishes, produces or is involved in promotional material, such as books, articles, television or radio programs, social media, electronic media, newsletters or other literary or artistic works which relate to the Centre. Such acknowledgement must be in a prominent place and an appropriate form acceptable to the ARC. Similar efforts should be made when publicly speaking about a Centre. Advice on acceptable forms of acknowledgement and use of the logo is provided on the ARC's website.

16. Thesis

a. Any restrictions on the right of a Student to publish his/her thesis will only be such as are reasonably necessary to protect the Background IP of the Parties, the Centre Intellectual Property and Confidential Information of the Centre or a Party provided that and any restrictions on publication of the outcomes will not extend beyond 18 months from the time of submission of the Student's Thesis.

b. Parties may request that any examiners of a thesis are required to enter into a confidentiality agreement and provide appropriate acknowledgements of confidentiality so as to protect Background IP, Centre Intellectual Property, and Confidential Information of the Parties.

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