Science ECAN

Science ECAN provides a supportive platform to assist Early Career Academics (ECAs) in the Faculty of Science to pursue successful careers at UNSW.


The aim of Science ECAN is to serve as a leadership and representative body for early career academics (ECAs) in the Faculty of Science. Specifically, the Committee aims to support ECAs by assisting them to:

  • Clarify their career directions and goals;
  • Learn from the experiences of academics at various levels in the Faculty of Science;
  • Build a network of colleagues from across the University and different discipline areas;
  • Think strategically about their individual priorities and how these fit into the Faculty of Science and broader University context; and
  • Access relevant resources for research, teaching and career development.





Early- and mid-career researchers (EMCR) Forum

Australian Academy of Science

Early Career Academic Network (ECAN)

University of New South Wales

Science ECAN

Faculty of Science, UNSW




Executive Committee

Science ECAN Executive Committee


School of Aviation

Dr. Fangni Zhang



School of BABS

Dr. Natalia Castano Rodriguez



School of BEES

Dr. Miriam Munoz-Rojas



School of Chemistry

Dr. Fabio Lisi



School of Material Sciences and Engineering

Dr. Samane Maroufi



School of Mathematics & Statistics

Dr. Jakub Stoklosa



School of Optometry & Vision Science

Dr. Vanessa Honson


School of Physics

Dr. Andre Goios Borges de Almeida


School of Psychology

Dr. Zhi Yi Ong





What do I need to do if I want to be a member of Science ECAN?

If you are a new ECA at UNSW, you will be registered to ECAN automatically. This information will be sent to Science ECAN and you will be also added to our Faculty network. If you are an ECA who has been working at UNSW for a while but you are not a member yet, please use the following link to register:




Contact us

Do you want to get involved? Do you have any questions? Or an event you would like to propose? Feel free to contact us at:


Please check our Twitter account @UNSWscienceECAN for the latest news and future events.





Past events

23rd November 2018 - How to get NHMRC and ARC funding as an Early Career Researcher?

Based on our Science ECAN foundation survey, we identified research funding as a major obstacle for ECAs in the Faculty of Science. Our aim with this event was to provide the support and motivation that were clearly lacking. Importantly, we had received very good feedback from our attendants stating that they really enjoyed and valued this event.

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29th May 2019 - Where to From Here? Career Pathways for Early Career Academics

As academic job opportunities are declining but more PhDs graduate each year, the UNSW Science Early Career Academic Network is hosting a panel and networking event to explore important employment opportunities and pathways available to early career academics. We have invited speakers with expertise in a range of career fields to help answer your questions.

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