Scientia Program appoints Dr Jinhee Kim to UNSW Cities Institute

15 Mar 2024
Dr Jinhee Kim

A cornerstone of the 2025+ Strategy, the UNSW Scientia Program continues to attract and retain exceptional researchers.

The UNSW Scientia Program aims to attract the highest quality research performers who are on a trajectory to becoming exceptional research leaders and mentors. One of the distinctive features of the program is career development – it aims to provide all Scientia academics with a unique opportunity to progress their research career while enhancing UNSW’s culture of research excellence.

One of the program’s most recent hires is Dr Jinhee Kim, Scientia academic at the UNSW Cities Institute.

Prior to joining UNSW, Dr Kim completed her undergrad in Life Science, followed by a Masters of Public Health at Seoul National University.

Initially Dr Kim joined UNSW’s Scientia PhD Scholarship Scheme in 2018. The scheme includes a $40,000 per annum stipend and a $10,000 support package. It helped Dr Kim’s relocation to Australia from South Korea and provided her the freedom to concentrate entirely on her studies while pursuing a range of professional development opportunities.

“The scholarship allowed me to focus on my research and immerse myself fully in the PhD,” said Dr Kim. “Looking back, I think it allowed me to genuinely lead my PhD as my own – I could freely explore and design my research, without much external influence.”

Following Dr Kim’s completion of the PhD program at the School of Population Health and the Centre for Primary Health Care and Equity, she was then successful in her application for the prestigious UNSW Scientia Program.

“I felt tremendously awed – the more I learned about the Scientia Program, it just kept getting better. All the experiences I had up until now seemed like training for this program. I’ve been given the resources and the support to take concrete action on the ideas that I’ve been brewing throughout my career,” said Dr Kim.

Through the Scientia Program, Dr Kim is dedicated to facilitating and strengthening a network of young leaders in the Asia-Pacific Region, through the Alliance for Healthy Cities. She hopes to connect with emerging leaders who are fostering transformative action on the complex urban health issues that society faces today.

The Scientia Program

Since its inception, the Scientia Program has significantly boosted UNSW’s research profile. Scientia academics have received a significant number of international and national awards, external grants and external fellowships, indicating the excellence of their contributions to UNSW and to society. Four Scientia academics are highly cited researchers, and many have been honoured for their research, receiving prestigious national and international awards and prizes, demonstrating the significant impact of their research. 

If you’re an academic who’s interested in collaborating with Scientia Program researchers, visit the Scientia Program website and get in touch.