Professor/ Associate / Senior Lecturer in Philosophy, Science and Society

Hanoi City (VN)
Feb 12, 2020
End of advertisement period
Mar 04, 2020
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

General Education Program Faculty
(Specialize in Philosophy, Science and Society) 

Hanoi, Vietnam


 Faculty - Philosophy, Science and Society Faculty 
Company    VinUniversity
Location    Hanoi, Vietnam

VinUniversity is a newly developed, private, non-profit university in Hanoi, Vietnam. It was established by Vingroup with a mission to be the first world-class, internationally accredited and recognized university in Vietnam. VinUniversity has two overarching goals: to excel in teaching; and to produce graduates and research that contribute to developing the key economic sectors of Vietnam.  

The formation of the VinUniversity Project has resulted from the collaboration of Vingroup with Cornell University and the University of Pennsylvania. Cornell provides academic consulting on Management, Engineering and Technology; and Penn focuses on the Health Sciences disciplines. Both Cornell University and the University of Pennsylvania are distinguished Ivy League institutions based in the United States of America. Cornell is involved in every aspect of the development of VinUniversity from infrastructure and campus planning to curriculum development and faculty hiring. Cornell’s SC Johnson College of Business is providing extensive academic advisement in a variety of areas, drawing from a wealth of faculty expertise at multiple colleges and units at Cornell University. Penn’s medical and nursing schools are functioning in a similar fashion to guide the formation of health science education at VinUniversity and to interface with Vinmec, Vingroup’s outstanding health system which currently encompasses 7 hospitals throughout Vietnam. VinUniversity aims to meet the QS 5-star rating standards and will include the following colleges within the University: a College of Business and Management (including Hospitality, and Real Estate); a College of Engineering and Computer Science; a College of Health Sciences. The University will be an English Medium Instruction (EMI) institution and plans to open for the inaugural class of students in Fall 2020. 

Vingroup was established in Ukraine in 1993. Upon its relocation to Vietnam, the venture officially became Vingroup Joint Stock Company in 2012. Vingroup’s mission is “to create a better life for the Vietnamese people.” In 2016, Vingroup was recognized among the “Top 50 Most Valuable Brands in Vietnam” (by Brand Finance magazine). Today, Vingroup is one of the leading private enterprises in Vietnam, operating in eight core business areas including real estate, retail, hospitality, education, agriculture, healthcare, heavy industry (starting with automobile manufacturing) and smart technology. In 2016, education and healthcare became not-for-profit value-based systems. 

Pham Nhat Vuong is the founder and chairman of Vingroup, which has $3.97 billion USD in net revenue (2017) and a largest market capitalization value of $13.6 billion USD in Vietnam (2018). Chairman Vuong is a visionary and true patriot of Vietnam and firmly believes that education is the single biggest catalyst that can transform the destiny of an individual, society, and nation. His aspiration is to create a breakthrough in the Vietnamese education sector and to groom the next generation of leaders in the 21 century and beyond for Vietnam.  


We are looking for a promising entry, mid-career or established scholar specializing in Philosophy, Science and Society that are familiarity with works on Sociology of Science. This candidate will be a member of the team who will contribute to the continuous development of the philosophy, science and society studies component of the General Education Program. Although the candidate will have a particular disciplinary background, we are looking for a scholar who embraces an interdisciplinary approach and better still, infuses a digital interest in his/her/their research. We encourage research-led teaching at the General Education Program, so the candidate is expected to have an active research agenda.

The General Education Program at VinUniversity is recruiting passionate and innovative faculty members in all ranks, both full-time and visiting, in Philosophy, Science and Society. Full-time Open Rank position who could teach in Marxist Philosophy, Philosophy of Science, and/or Sociology of Science.

Full-time faculty members are expected to fulfill 3 major areas of responsibilities: teaching, research and service. Workload allocation will be based on faculty ranking and faculty track in alignment with international standards and practices.

  1. Teaching: 
  • Prepare detailed course syllabus and instructional materials of assigned courses based on the course descriptions provided.
  • Teach assigned courses including lectures/tutorials/seminars, homework assignments, labs, projects and student assessment.
  • Conduct short field trips, hackathons, study tours or non-class based activities as part of course requirements. 
  • Supervise or assist with supervision of undergraduate students.
  • Lead or contribute to the production of blended learning materials (MOOC, COIL, Infographics, etc).

      2.  Research and creative works (for Senior Lecturers and above): 

  • Carry out research and produce publications, or other research outputs beneficial to society. 
  • Lead or participate in collaborative research projects.
  • Obtain research funding support.
  • Organize or participate in conferences/seminars aimed at sharing research outcomes and building interdisciplinary collaboration within and outside the university.
  • Engage with the wider scholarly, governmental and professional communities.

      3.  Service:

  • Contribute to the development, planning and implementation of a high quality curriculum. 
  • Serve as academic mentors for students.
  • Participate in the administration of the university’s programs of study and other activities as requested.
  • Contribute to college and VinUni-wide working group or committees as requested.
  • Contribute to student recruitment activities as requested.

A number of selected Senior Lecturers will be sent to Cornell University or other top universities for a professional development program to prepare for qualifying as Assistant Professors.


  • PhD in Philosophy, Science and Society or related fields.
  • Familiarity with works on Sociology of Science will be an advantage.
  • Have experience in teaching university level courses to students who are non-native English language learners.
  • Have experience in or willing to apply innovative Teaching & Learning methods.
  • Have experience in or excited about building a new university program will be an advantage.
  • Have experience beyond strictly, pure academic environment will be an advantage.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English
  • Ability to speak, read and write Vietnamese will be an advantage.

Salary and benefits are competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience. 

VinUniversity will provide support for your research and professional development as following:

  • Annual research and professional development support budget
  • Student Research/Teaching Assistants in upcoming graduate programs
  • Potential tenure contracts after initial probation and promotion periods
  • Potential collaboration with many industry partners within Vingroup ecosystem and in the region


  • Accommodation: VinUniversity will provide accommodation benefit in the compensation package and assist with accommodation options.
  • Working permit: VinUniversity will assist in and provide advice for obtaining the necessary paperwork needed for employment in Vietnam (visa, working permit, ID, driver license, insurance, etc.)
  • Child education: VinUniversity will assist in finding an excellent school for your child/children. There is education allowance if your child/children study at Vinschool.
  • Living costs: Vietnam has a comparatively low cost of living and expatriates can live a very comfortable life here with a moderate expenditure. 

To apply, please send (1) a resume, (2) a cover letter, (3) a writing sample to . Consideration of candidates will occur on a rolling basis beginning September 2019, and will continue until the position is filled. Individuals who wish to nominate a candidate should submit a letter of nomination including the candidate’s contact information to the Search Committee. The desired position start date is January 2020 – July 2020, subject to negotiation. 

All applications should be named: Name-Applied Position-(CV/Cover letter/Research Statement…)-Applied Date. For example, if your name is Linh Nguyen, you apply for Hospitality Management Faculty on Sep 21st 2019, your CV attached should be: Linh Nguyen-Hospitality Management Faculty-CV-21Sep19, your Cover letter attached should be: Linh Nguyen-Hospitality Management Faculty-Cover letter-21Sep19. Application that doesn’t follow this Name Format will not be considered for further process.  

We thank all applicants for their interest, however only those candidates selected for interviews will be contacted. 

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