Engineering Scientia Fellowships

The Scientia Fellowship Program, established as a cornerstone of the UNSW 2025 Strategy, aims to attract and retain the highest research performers on a trajectory to being exceptional research leaders and mentors. Fellowship appointments will be made at academic levels A to C in 2017.

About the Program

UNSW 2025 Strategy has a firm commitment to a just society and aspires to being an international exemplar in equity, diversity and inclusion. In pursuit of this goal, the Scientia Fellowship Program will embed diversity in appointment practices to ensure appropriate gender representation, cultural diversity and disciplinary expertise.

The key distinctive features of the Scientia Fellowship Program are:

Career pathway commitment Scientia Fellowships are research-intensive Fellowships that provide a pathway to continuing academic careers for internal and external applicants entering the program at any point from Level A to C. Level D appointments will also be considered where infrastructure requirements are minimal; otherwise these appointments will be considered by SHARP. UNSW will enter a partnership with those academics competitively appointed as UNSW Scientia Fellows, mentoring and nurturing their careers.
Leadership, development and mentoring Scientia Fellows will have access to a range of development opportunities across research, teaching and learning, and leadership and engagement relevant to career stage. UNSW will support Scientia Fellows to build on their leadership attributes through personalised development plans and by participation in mentoring activities. Each Fellow will have a centrally supported career coach and mentor appointed at the start of the Fellowship, and Fellows will be expected to participate in mentoring as mentor and mentee.
Flexibility of tenure Flexibility is another distinctive feature, with Fellows having the option for planned exit and re-entry to the UNSW workforce. Fellowships will provide flexibility in pursuit of a research focused academic career while permitting time out either for personal or professional reasons.
Social engagement and global impact Fellows will be expected to engage with activities that align with 2025 Strategy. These include social engagement, global impact and academic excellence. Scientia Fellows will be encouraged to include teaching and learning development in their plans. While these are research-focused Fellowships with research performance criteria for advancing through academic levels, teaching and learning is an essential and valued part of an academic career.

2017 UNSW Engineering priority research areas

UNSW Engineering is recognised as Australia's top engineering faculty and is a renowned leader throughout the world. 

We are seeking applications in the following priority areas:

•  Energy
•  Water
•  Infrastructure, transport and geospatial systems
•  Bioengineering and health
•  Artificial intelligence, telecommunications and data security

This network diagram shows the inter-connected nature of our research focus. Note the arrows showing the direction of inter-connection.

This network diagram shows the inter-connected nature of our research focus. Note the arrows showing the direction of inter-connection.

Selection criteria

Before making contact with us, please ensure that you have read the Scientia Fellowship Guidelines with particular attention to the following selection criteria:
  • Alignment with research area/s as described above
  • Research performance (relative to opportunity in your career) which must be at the highest level of the discipline at your career stage as demonstrated by: quality of publications or equivalent; status in the field; other indicators relevant to the application
  • Quality, significance and innovation of your research proposal


If you would like further information, please contact the relevant Engineering researchers below:

Area Contact Email
Biomedical Engineering Professor John Whitelock
Chemical Engineering Professor Rose Amal
Civil and Environmental Engineering Professor Travis Waller
Computer Science and Engineering Professor Claude Sammut
Electrical Engineering and Telecommunications Professor Jinhong Yuan
Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering Associate Professor Shawn Kook
Mining Engineering Associate Professor Serkan Saydam
Petroleum Engineering Dr Manolis Veveakis
Photovoltaic and Renewable Energy Engineering Professor Darren Bagnall

For information, including the guidelines, please visit UNSW's Scientia Fellowship Program page.

Fellowship tenure

Fellowship tenure for initial terms will be four years for Fellows new to UNSW, and two years for Fellows who are current UNSW staff. Second and subsequent terms will be for four years, and will be awarded subject to continuing performance against agreed research excellence criteria.