The UNSW Scientia Program
The UNSW Scientia Program is one of the cornerstones of UNSW's 2025 Strategy. A primary goal of the Program is to enhance UNSW's research performance by attracting and retaining exceptional early to mid-career researchers, with outstanding research track records. Scientia academics will be leaders in their School and Faculty and engage with the three pillars of social engagement, global impact and academic excellence.
Unprecedented support for unparalleled research
The UNSW Scientia Program provides the opportunity of a tenure track position with a career pathway commitment offering unprecedented flexibility.
UNSW Scientia have access to a range of development opportunities including career coaching tailored to their level of experience across research, teaching and leadership. Scientia will be mentored and will also develop the skills required to become mentors and research leaders themselves.
The Program also provides a significant financial development and collaboration package over a minimum of four years.
Read the Guidelines to learn more about the benefits of the Program.
Our Scientia Academics
UNSW is dedicated to addressing global issues that keep us all awake at night, harnessing disruptive approaches and drawing together diverse disciplines, teams, and institutions to undertake research that will change our world for the better. Scientia are at the forefront of research that tackles these issues.
Dr Angelica Merlot, 2019 NSW Young Woman of the Year, Centre for Childhood Cancer Research and Scientia Senior Lecturer
“The power of research is that every day you can discover something new, solve problems and push barriers using your curiosity to address some of the major health issues in the community.”
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Dr David White, lead investigator in the Face Research Lab at UNSW and Scientia Senior Lecturer
“The Scientia Program has been an enabler... it has enabled me to take a leadership role in this emerging field of super recognition.”
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Dr Rona Chandrawati, Scientia Senior Lecturer, ARC DECRA Fellow and named Australia's Most Innovative Engineers for 2020, UNSW School of Chemical Engineering
“I’ve found that we have an excellent support package that enables us to visit top tier universities or we invite high profile professors here, allowing us to build connections and networks.”
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The UNSW Scientia Program is currently closed for new applications.