Chair Professor / Professor of Practice / Professor / Associate Professor / Assistant Professor

Kowloon Tong, Hong Kong
Monday, 8 June 2020
End of advertisement period
Sunday, 6 September 2020
Contract Type
Fixed Term, Permanent
Full Time

Data Economy Lab

Chair Professor / Professor of Practice / Professor / Associate Professor / Assistant Professor (at least 4 posts) (PR0409/19-20)  


Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU), ranked 262 in the QS world rankings and in the world top 75 in THE’s World Impact survey (2020), has defined six conceptual interdisciplinary research “Laboratories” to enable academics from different backgrounds to work together on common sets of problems and to contribute to the positioning of this young and dynamic University as a research-led liberal arts institution of global significance.

Details of the six interdisciplinary research labs can be found on the HKBU Research website at:  https://research.hkbu.edu.hk/organisational-structure/interdisciplinary-research-labs

HKBU has built the “Data Economy Lab” in support of the University’s “AI and Data Analytics” research cluster.  We are interested in the development of the digital economy, the emergence of data as a resource, and related questions of ownership, privacy and ethical behaviour.

Details of the posts

We are recruiting at least four first-class researchers in the emerging area of the “Data Economy”.  Expertise and research interests in one or more of the following may be an advantage:

  1. Emerging business models for the digital economy, such as zero marginal cost capitalism
  2. Fintech, including financial analytics and the Blockchain in the decentralized economy
  3. AI in business ethics and society
  4. Economic principles of digital platform design
  5. Integration of machine learning and big data in causal inference
  6. Data-driven and algorithmic communication

We are open as to the disciplinary background.  Business scholars, economists, computer scientists, mathematicians, social scientists, geographers, applied ethicists, media/communication scholars and others who are keen to contribute to the development of the interdisciplinary Data Economy Laboratory are encouraged to apply. Successful applicants are likely to be established researchers, with an international reputation in their field, although outstanding scholars at all levels will be considered.

Colleagues recruited will have access to seed money and appropriate research facilities/support, as well as a generous array of competitive research funding from Hong Kong’s Research Grants Council, the Innovation and Technology Commission, and other external sources.

Interested candidates should have relevant expertise, a proven research record, and the readiness to contribute to an interdisciplinary research team.  They should be talented, motivated and committed to the Lab to make it a sustainable research hub. 

Depending on the rank, appointments may be made either with tenured status or on tenure track with an initial contract of three years.  Re-appointments thereafter will be subject to mutual agreement and availability of funding.  Rank and salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Prospective applicants who wish to discuss the positions are welcome to contact the Co-chair of the Search Committee: Prof Yi-Ke GUO, Vice-President (Research and Development) at vprd@hkbu.edu.hk or Prof. Ed SNAPE, Dean of School of Business at deanbus@hkbu.edu.hk.

Search Committee members include:

Prof. Jianhua ZHANG (Biology)

Prof. Jianliang XU (Computer Science)

Prof. Jiming LIU (Computer Science)

Prof. Aristotelis STOURAITIS (Finance and Decision Sciences)

Prof. Kim Sau CHUNG (Economics)

Mr. Peter BENZ (Visual Arts)

Prof. Lixing ZHU (Mathematics)

Prof. Xu HUANG (Management)

Prof. Kimmy CHAN (Marketing)

Prof. Gina LAI (Sociology)

Application Procedure:

Applicants are invited to submit their applications at the HKBU e-Recruitment System (jobs.hkbu.edu.hk) and send in samples of publications, preferably three best ones out of their most recent publications/works, statements of teaching and research interest and recent teaching evaluation results.  Applicants should also request two referees to send in confidential letters of reference, headlined Data Economy Lab with PR number quoted to the Personnel Office (Email: recruit@hkbu.edu.hk) direct.  All application materials including publication samples, scholarly/creative works will not be returned after the completion of the recruitment exercise unless upon request.  Details of the University’s Personal Information Collection Statement can be found at http://pers.hkbu.edu.hk/pics.

The University reserves the right not to make an appointment for the posts advertised, and the appointment will be made according to the terms and conditions then applicable at the time of offer.

Review of applications is on-going and will continue until the positions are filled.

Hong Kong Baptist University is committed to creating a diverse environment and is an equal opportunity employer


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