Staff arrivals & departures

The School of Physics welcomes the following new staff members:
  • James Gibson, Physics Workshop
  • Dr Guangyuan Li, NPAL
  • Chindy Praseuthsouk, Physics Research Admin Coordinator
  • Nicole Yang, Physics Finance
We say farewell and offer our thanks and best wishes to the following staff:
  • Dr Kevin Aquino (now at the University of Nottingham)
  • Dr Jamie Farnes (now at Radboud University, The Netherlands)
  • Dr Nicolas Menicucci (now at RMIT)
  • Dr Karsten Pyka (now at HELLA, Germany)
  • Ravi Rajana, who had been assisting the Physics Finance Team, has secured a permanent position within the Division of Natural Sciences.
Terry Pfeiffer is retiring from the University after 33 years of dedicated service to researchers and students in the Physics Workshop.

Don Melrose is formally retiring on 31 October and will be appointed as Professor Emeritus. The School is organising an event to mark the occasion. Please keep the afternoon of Thursday 12 November free in your calendar. Further details will be communicated closer to that date.

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Eureka Prize Winner

Congratulations to Associate Professor Mike Biercuk on winning the Eureka Prize for Outstanding Early Career Researcher.

Presented annually by the Australian Museum, the prestigious Eureka Prizes reward excellence in the fields of scientific research and innovation, science leadership, school science and science journalism and communication.

Mike received his Eureka Prize trophy and $10,000 prize money at the Sydney Town Hall in front of a sold-out audience of distinguished scientists, industry leaders, journalists, policy makers, philanthropists, school students and science enthusiasts.

Editor-in-Chief of APL Photonics

Congratulations to Professor Ben Eggleton, who has been appointed Editor-in-Chief of APL Photonics, a new open access, peer-reviewed journal reporting the latest advances in photonics research.

Building on the strengths of Applied Physics Letters, one of the most respected and highly cited publications in applied physics, APL Photonics will serve as the dedicated open access home for high quality photonics research. Manuscript submissions open this month.

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The School's proposal to refurbish office space in the main Physics Building (A28) has been approved. A project has been set up to develop Level 3 spaces following the vacation of some laboratory space and Lecture Theatre 4, and also to develop the mezzanine area vacated by the Senior Physics Lab. Steven Botterill from CIS has been appointed Project Manager, and the project is allocated to Lend Lease.

Timing is based around the termination of the Rosehill Street lease at the end of January 2016, and the requirement to vacate the Victor Coppelson Building by the end of this year. Office areas in the Madsen Building will be retained.

A working group has been set up within Physics to consider the details of the development. The Group is comprised of representatives of those groups earmarked to occupy Level 3, and includes A/Professor Kevin Varvell, Professor Simon Fleming, Professor Martijn de Sterke, Professor Peter Tuthill and Kate Gunn. Following from this, usage of all spaces in the Physics building will be considered, as this is an opportunity to improve space utilisation.

Please do not hesitate to contact David Beech or Nathan Apps if you have any questions or concerns.

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Staff Travel Requisitions

When staff are travelling for University business and are preparing to submit a travel requisition, please make sure the following details are included: Reason for travel; Duration, destination and type of travel; Associated costs (preferred method of payment is University Corporate Card or your University account).

Approval Process:

  • Physics Finance team will review the travel requisition to ensure there are adequate funds in the nominated account. These are systematically checked once a week.
  • Once funds are confirmed the travel requisition is then forwarded to the Head of School for approval. If you need urgent approval please contact the Physics Finance team.
More information on travel procedures and step-by-step instructions on using Fraedom is available at

ICT Support

For assistance with any of the following:
  • Windows desktops & laptops already migrated to ICT
  • all ICT AV services, issues, requests
  • all telephone services, issues, requests
  • all WiFi issues (UniSydney, UniSydney-Guest, EduRoam)
Call an ICT Support Officer on 9351 6000 and press 0.

For services not supported by ICT, users need to make a request through the Physics IT Support website.

If Physics users have any difficulties with ICT, or Physics IT services, or handling of support requests, report them immediately to the IT Support Manager, Dr Sebastian Juraszek, using the online feedback form.

SNH Meeting Rooms

SNH Level 3 Meeting Rooms can be booked using Microsoft Outlook. Check availability by searching for the building code *A31.

SNH Level 4 Meeting Rooms must be booked directly through Trudy Fernan

Booking Systems

The School Booking system allows you to self-book the following resources:
  • School Vehicles
  • Conference Phone
  • Data Projector
  • Foundation Room 208
  • Tutorial Room 414A
  • Tea Room
  • Rosehill Street Boardroom
  • Parking Permit
The Web Helpdesk should be used for HR, Finance, building and cleaning issues, Cab Charge and Parking Vouchers, Security Access and Key requests.

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Ordering of Hazardous Chemicals

As a Faculty we have been asked to centralise the purchasing of chemicals, and stop the use of corporate cards for chemical purchases.
Anyone ordering hazardous chemicals, please do so through the Finance Purchasing Officer, Geraldine Arriesgado. Geraldine will compile a weekly purchase list for David Beech to complete a compliance and safety check. If in doubt whether a chemical is classified as hazardous, the default should be to order through Geraldine.
If a student is ordering a chemical, the order should have the signature approval of the account owner or Supervisor.

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