Macquarie University Department of Physics and Astronomy
The Department of Physics and Astronomy is home to academics, postdoctoral fellows, and Masters and PhD students working towards their research degrees across three key disciplines:
Across all disciplines we employ high-quality, innovative approaches to teaching, underpinned by excellent research and strong links with industry, both nationally and internationally.
Our teaching staff are active researchers and are recognised for their work at both national and international level. We place a strong emphasis on learning through practical experience, which takes place in some of the best-equipped undergraduate teaching laboratories in the country.
Our research at Macquarie University is world-leading and our research-led teaching trains undergraduate and graduate students to become leaders in their field. We focus our teaching and research in the areas of Astronomy and Astrophysics, Lasers, Photonics and Nano-biophotonics, and Quantum Information and Quantum Physics.
Our researchers and students have access to outstanding specialist photonics, quantum and optics labs, laser processing and optical characterisation facilities, and our on-campus observatory. We collaborate closely with local, national and international observatories, research organisations, and companies, and we include nodes for three ARC Centres of Excellence.
In the most recent Excellence in Research for Australia - ‘outstanding performance well above world standard’, as did our research in the sub-disciplines of astronomical and space sciences, and quantum physics.
The Department hosts a postdoc mentoring program where postdocs are given the opportunity to discuss career-related topics with a staff person who is not their current line manager.