Paul Low

FRSC, FRACI, CChem, Professor

  • The University of Western Australia (M310), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


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Postdoctoral Research Associate (Level A, Step 8, $93,653 p.a. plus superannuation): A vacancy exists to establish a facility for the measurement of single molecule and monolayer film molecular junctions using STM and allied techniques.

To be considered for this role, you will demonstrate:

  • A PhD in physical chemistry or an allied area or relevant field
  • Strong track record in scanning probe microscopy
  • Experience in the measurement of electronic properties of molecules using STM based methods and interpretation of resulting data is highly desirable
  • Excellent interpersonal, team and communication skills
  • Capacity for high-quality research evinced through publication of research outputs in peer-reviewed international journals, conference presentation and / or other media
  • Experience in the measurement of electronic properties of molecules using STM based methods and interpretation of resulting data is highly desirable
  • Experience in the preparation and characterisation of self-assembled monolayer films is desirable.

Full details of the position's responsibilities and the selection criteria are outlined in the position description

Informal enquires may be directed to Professor Low (

Up to three PhD scholarships ($30,000 p.a., international applicants may also need to apply for a Scholarship for International Research Fees) You will be a part of a multidisciplinary team working within the Low group and interacting closely with a network of world-class surface scientists, scanning-probe microscopists, electrochemists and theoreticians to develop molecular materials for applications in electronics and future materials technologies. Training will be provided to the successful students in appropriate aspects of synthetic chemistry, including inert atmosphere techniques, electrochemistry, and / or scanning probe microscopy depending on skills, interests and attributes.

To be eligible you will hold Honours degree (H1) or MSc in Chemistry or equivalent, with a substantial research project component, and appropriate English language skills.

 To apply please see the Scholarships page

Informal enquiries may be directed to Professor Low (



Applications from potential students and postdoctoral fellows welcome at any time

Please note the following current opportunties

To discuss potential applications, please contact me directly.

Funding overview

2019 - 2022 ARC Discovery (DP190100074) Molecular transistors: From rings and strings to other things ($420,000)

2019 - 2022 ARC Discovery (DP190100073) A radical approach to the design of components for molecular electronics ($438,000)

2014-2016 ARC Discovery (DP140100855) From the Electronics of Molecules to Molecular Electronics, $400,000

2013/14 Research Collaboration Award, Towards an Australian Centre for Single Molecular Electronic Measurements, $17,000

2012-2016 ARC Future Fellowship (FT120100073) From Beaker to Bit: New Platforms for Molecular Electronics $931,068


Paul was born and raised in Elizabeth, South Australia, which is conveniently half-way between the state capital of Adelaide and the Barossa Valley. He graduated from the University of Adelaide with his B.Sc (Double Major in Chemistry (1992, David Murray Scholarship in Science, G.M. Badger Prize) and B.Sc(Hons) (1993, Rennie Scholarship). He completed his PhD with Michael I. Bruce in 1997 having studied the synthesis and reactions of metal complexes bearing carbon-rich ligands. Paul subsequently moved to Canada to take up a Canadian Government Laboratories Visiting Fellowship at the NRC Steacie Institute for Molecular Sciences with Arthur J. Carty, before moving to Durham to take up a Lectureship in Inorganic Chemistry in 1999. He was promoted to Reader in 2006, awarded an EPSRC Leadership Fellowship in 2009 and promoted to a Chair in 2010. In 2013 he was awarded an ARC Future Fellowship and appointed to a position as Winthrop Professor in the School of Chemistry and Biochemistry at UWA.


CHEM1001 Chemistry - Properties and Energetics

CHEM1002 Chemistry - Structure and Reactivity

CHEM1003 Introductory Chemistry

CHEM3002 Chemical Explorations

CHEM3003 Advanced Chemical Synthesis

Previous positions

Professor of Chemistry, Durham University, UK

Research expertise keywords

  • Organometallic chemistry and molecular electronics


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