Research Assistant Professor

Kowloon Tong, Hong Kong (HK)
Jul 09, 2021
Aug 09, 2021
Life sciences, Biological Sciences
Fixed Term
Full Time


Department of Biology

Research Assistant Professor (PR0002/21-22)

The appointee is expected to work on a collaborative research project of Prof. Yiji Xia and Prof. Zhiling Yu for studying functions of the nicotinamide adenine diphosphate-capped ribonucleic acids in gene regulation in eukaryotic and prokaryotic organisms. The nicotinamide adenine diphosphate cap is a newly discovered non-canonical ribonucleic acids cap, but its function in gene regulation remains enigma. We have developed new methods for analysing it and are studying its molecular and biological function in transcriptional and posttranscriptional regulation (Zhang et al, 2019, PNAS; Shao et al, 2020, Nature Protocols; Zhang et al, 2021, PNAS; Hu et al, 2021, PNAS).  He/She will also engage in some teaching duties.

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Applicants should have a PhD in Biology or related disciplines, with strong publication record in ribonucleic acid biology, biochemistry / protein chemistry, epigenetic control, cancer biology, molecular microbiology, or genome-wide analysis / bioinformatics. They should be highly motivated.

Initial appointment will be offered on a fixed-term contract of 3 years. Re-appointment thereafter will be subject to mutual agreement.

Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Application Procedure:

Applicants are invited to submit their applications at the HKBU e-Recruitment System ( They should request two referees to send in confidential letters of reference, with PR number quoted on the letters, to the Human Resources Office (Email: direct. Those not invited for interview four months after the closing date may consider their applications unsuccessful. All application materials including publication samples and scholarly/creative works will be disposed of after the completion of the recruitment exercise. Details of the University’s Personal Information Collection Statement can be found at

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.

Closing date: 9 August 2021 (or until the position is filled)