Assistant Professor in Food Safety and Technology (Human Nutrition)

Hong Kong (HK)
Monday, 23 November 2020
End of advertisement period
Monday, 31 May 2021
Contract Type
Full Time


The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) is a government-funded tertiary institution in Hong Kong.  It offers programmes at various levels including Doctorate, Master’s, and Bachelor’s degrees.  It has a full-time academic staff strength of around 1,200.  The total annual consolidated expenditure budget of the University is in excess of HK$7.4 billion.


The Department of Applied Biology and Chemical Technology is a multi-disciplinary department in PolyU with diversified specialties in biology, biotechnology, chemistry, biochemistry, nutrition and food science.  The Department’s research focus is in the interdisciplinary areas of chemistry, biology, nutrition and food science.  

To underpin one of PolyU’s top strategic research foci of Food Safety and Technology,   the Department offers the only undergraduate programme in Food Safety and Technology in Hong Kong, which meets the international standard of Institute of Food Technologists and International Union of Food Science and Technology.  The Department has also established the first university-based Food Safety and Technology Research Centre (FSTRC) in Hong Kong since 2011.  FSTRC aims to become a world-class food safety and food technology authority offering one-stop services to stakeholders to safeguard public health.  

The Department has about 52 faculty members.  Please visit the website at for more information about the Department.

Assistant Professor in Food Safety and Technology (Human Nutrition) (Ref. 20112303)

The appointee will be required to (a) conduct lectures, practical sessions and tutorials at taught master’s and undergraduate levels in Nutrition, Food Safety, Biotechnology, and/or related disciplines; (b) supervise undergraduate and postgraduate students; (c) establish a vigorous independent research programme at the cutting edge of nutrition, metabolism, impacts on health and disease involving human and/or clinical studies, animal models of human disease, and incorporate genetic biochemical, physiological and metabolic approaches in addressing nutrition-related research issues; (d) actively participate in and support the development of FSTRC; and (e) contribute to departmental and programme administration, curriculum development as well as professional service activities in local, national and international organizations.

Applicants should (a) have a PhD degree in the field of Nutrition, Nutritional Sciences, Food Safety and Technology, or related disciplines; (b) have solid and relevant post-qualification experience in teaching and research; (c) have an excellent publication record in peer-reviewed international journals, especially in nutrition or related disciplines; (d) have related research experience in nutrition, nutrigenomics, proteomics, metabolomics, obesity and metabolic syndrome, metabolic disorders, microbiome interactions, gastrointestinal function and/or translational medicine in prevention of chronic diseases; (e) have an established track record in obtaining external funding/research grants; and (f) be able to demonstrate evidence of effective classroom teaching.

Preference will be given to candidates with an undergraduate degree in Food and Nutrition or related disciplines.

Remuneration and Conditions of Service

A highly competitive remuneration package will be offered.  Initial appointment will be on a fixed-term gratuity-bearing contract.  Re-engagement thereafter is subject to mutual agreement.  For general information on terms and conditions for appointment of academic staff in the University, please visit the website at Applicants should state their current and expected salary in the application.  


Please send a completed application form by post with the names and addresses of three referees to Human Resources Office, 13/F, Li Ka Shing Tower, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hung Hom, Kowloon, Hong Kong or via email to  Application forms can be downloaded from If a separate curriculum vitae is to be provided, please still complete the application form which will help speed up the recruitment process. Consideration of applications will commence on 4 December 2020 until the position is filled.  The University’s Personal Information Collection Statement for recruitment can be found at

PolyU is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and inclusivity. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to gender, ethnicity, nationality, family status or physical or mental disabilities. 

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