Chair, Department of Physics

Shenzhen (CN)
Thursday, 30 April 2020
End of advertisement period
Wednesday, 31 March 2021
Academic Discipline
Physical Sciences, Physics & Astronomy
Contract Type
Full Time

Chair, Department of Physics

Southern University of Science and Technology

Shenzhen, China

Southern University of Science and Technology (SUSTech) is seeking a dynamic and innovative leader, educator, and scholar for the position of Chair of the Department of Physics. The compensation package is globally competitive (including US and Hong Kong) and commensurate with experience and qualifications.

Job Description

The Chair of the department of Physics will provide vision, in concert with strategic planning, for the department that aligns with the goals and strategic plan for the university. The Chair will advance and accelerate research, innovation and education in the school and facilitate collaboration across the university as well as nationally and internationally. The Chair will be responsible for: budgets and strategic planning; personnel and facilities management; student cultivation and curriculum development; other department leadership functions in addition to performing other duties as assigned.


  • Possess an earned doctorate from an accredited institution in physics or in a closely related field.
  • Have a distinguished record of teaching, scholarship, and leadership that warrants a tenured appointment at the rank of Full Professor.
  • Have demonstrated successful administrative leadership experience in higher education as a center or institute leader, chair, dean or comparable position with responsibilities that included budgets, strategic planning, personnel management, performance reviews, and promotion and tenure decisions.

How to Apply

All inquiries, nominations, and applications are strongly encouraged and will be considered in confidence. Application materials should include a letter addressing how the candidate’s experiences match the position requirements, a comprehensive curriculum vitae and contact information of five references to the mailbox of the departmental HR secretary (

About SUSTech

SUSTech is a public research university established in 2011, funded by Shenzhen Municipality.

(Introduction of Shenzhen)

Widely regarded as a pioneer and innovator in collectively moving China’s higher education forward to match China’s ever-growing role in the international arena, SUSTech aspires to be a globally-renowned university that contributes significantly to the advancement of science and technology by excelling in interdisciplinary research, nurturing creative future leaders and creating knowledge for the world. Located in Shenzhen, one of the fastest growing cities in China and the country’s window to the world, SUSTech enjoys strong connections with leading companies in China and renowned universities around the world.

(Introduction of SUSTech)

Currently, SUSTech has about 350 tenure/tenure-track professors, 26 academicians. There are more than 5400 students in SUSTech, including 4104 undergraduate students and 1311 graduate students. Hitherto, SUSTech has achieved a number of breakthrough results: undertaken 344 research projects with CNY 546 million awards (about CNY 0.91 million per faculty member, to be continued); In 2018, SUSTech was ranked No. 26 in “Nature Index” among all mainland universities of China. It only takes four years for SUSTech to increase the ranking in “Nature Index” from 55 to 26. The “Nature Index 2018 Rising Stars” showed that among world's 100 fastest-rising organizations, SUSTech was ranked 4th in the list, which is No. 1 among young universities established after 1988. In the latest Times Higher Education (THE) World Universities Rankings 2019, SUSTech was included for the first time and ranked as the 8th among the mainland China universities.

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Department Resources

The Department of Physics was established in 2011, which is one of the earliest department established in SUSTech. We are devoted to providing first-class education and top-notch research in physics.


The Department has a current size of 32 full-time faculty, including 2 chair professors, 5 full professors, 16 associate professors, and 9 assistant professors. There are 1 Academicians of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, 1 Changjiang Scholar, 3 National Excellent Young Scholars, 1 National Distinguished Scholars, 14 National Distinguished Young Scholars, 1 leading talent of "Pearl River Talent Plan” of Guangdong Province, 1 Excellent Young Scholar of Guangdong, 1 Excellent Talent and 4 National Leading Talent under High-level Talent of Shenzhen Program, 5 Shenzhen Scholars, and 29 talents of “Peacock Plan”. All members of our academic staff have education or work experience in top 100 universities in the world.

Research Directions

The Department of Physics now has 4 second-level subjects i.e. condensed matter physics, theoretical physics, computational physics and optics, while setting up biophysics, astrophysics and particle physics. Staff members are engaged in frontier research in the fields of quantum transport and control, surface physics, computational physics, condensed matter theory, quantum information and quantum computation, etc.

Research Platforms

Several research platforms are being established by our department, including Picometers Center, Neutron Research Center, Institute for Quantum Science and Engineering. And 18 laboratories has been established, including Shenzhen Key Laboratory of Thermoelectric Materials, Functional Complex Oxide Thin Films Laboratory, Low dimensional material synthesis and characterization Laboratory, Nanoscale Optoelectronics Laboratory, Quantum Transport Laboratory, Nanofabrication and Characterization Laboratory, Thin film Physics Laboratory, Mesoscopic Physics Laboratory, Surface Physics Laboratory, Angle Resolved Photoemission Spectroscopy and Sample Preparation Laboratory, and High Performance Computation Platform.

Academic Achievements

In recent years, our research support totaled more than 230 million (CNY), including 59 projects from National Natural Science Foundation of China, 11 projects from Ministry of Science and Technology and Ministry of Education, 21 projects from Guangdong Natural Science Foundation, and 50 projects from Shenzhen Municipality. So far, our academic staff have published up to 500 papers in journals including Physics Review Letters, Nature Communications, Journal of the American Chemical Society.


We provide four-year undergraduate programs in physics and application physics. In 2018, we have obtained the awarding qualification of master's and doctor's degree in physics, and  we also offer programs in collaboration with renowned universities including Peking University, Harbin Institute of Technology, University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, National University of Singapore, etc. It has established also long-term joint post-doctoral workstations with Peking University, Fudan University, Wuhan University etc.

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