Assistant Professor - Science Unit, Core Curriculum and General Education Office

Location
Hong Kong (HK)
Posted
13 Sep 2018
End of advertisement period
15 Oct 2018
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Hours
Full Time

Lingnan University, a distinctive liberal arts institution in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, is committed to the provision of quality whole-person education by combining the best of Chinese and Western liberal arts traditions.  It strives to pursue excellence in teaching, learning, scholarship and community engagement.  With three academic Faculties, it offers a wide range of undergraduate degree programmes in arts, business and social sciences.  Lingnan’s liberal arts education is characterised by a broad-based interdisciplinary curriculum with specialised disciplinary studies; close student-staff relationship; a vibrant residential campus; ample global learning opportunities; active community engagement and multifarious workplace experience.  The University also offers postgraduate programmes up to doctoral level in various disciplines.  Applications are now invited for the following post:

Assistant Professor - Science Unit, Core Curriculum and General Education Office

(Post Ref.: 18/176/TH)

In August 2015, the University created a Science Unit (http://www.ln.edu.hk/ccgeo/science.php) to strengthen teaching, research, and service efforts in the area.  We are looking for a productive, high-calibre scholar to broaden the scope and expertise of the Science Unit at the Assistant Professor level. An ideal candidate will be able to excel in research and teaching in a liberal arts setting. The candidate should have interdisciplinary research interests that foster collaborations on campus and be able to perform high-quality research in the absence of major laboratory equipment and resources. For example, scientists working on the following subjects could serve as important links between the Science Unit and other departments on campus: (1) urban issues (e.g., ecology, geography, climatology, pollution, etc.), (2) environmental sciences, or (3) sustainability. We are looking for a colleague who relishes the challenge of joining a growing unit in a unique academic environment, so we will consider candidates from all fields of natural sciences.

The appointee should share our enthusiasm in promoting science education, and be expected to: (a) teach in the Core Curriculum; (b) develop courses in his/her areas of expertise for the “Science, Technology, Mathematics and Society” cluster; (c) pursue scholarship in his/her areas of expertise; (d) pursue collaborative research with members of the Science Unit and other staff members of the University; (e) enhance links and collaborations with other universities, NGOs, and industries in Hong Kong and abroad; (f) contribute to the public outreach and knowledge transfer efforts of the Science Unit; (g) contribute to the university’s efforts to ensure whole-person development of students of Lingnan University; and (h) undertake other duties as assigned by the University

General Requirements

Candidates should have (i) a PhD in a relevant natural science discipline, (ii) the ability to conduct research and publish in leading journals, (iii) evidence of well-developed, fundable, independent research projects, (iv) relevant experience in teaching, especially at the non-majors general education level, and (v) excellent interpersonal and communication skills for developing meaningful collaborations with students and colleagues in a liberal arts setting.

Lingnan University is fully committed to the pursuit of excellence in both research and teaching so appointee should demonstrate commitment to both research and teaching excellence.  Candidates are required to provide information on their research records and evidence of quality teaching. 

Appointment

The conditions of appointment will be competitive.  Remuneration will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.  Fringe benefits include annual leave, medical and dental benefits, mandatory provident fund, gratuity, housing benefits and incoming passage and baggage allowance for the eligible appointee.

Appointment will normally be made on an initial contract of three years, which, subject to review and mutual agreement, may normally lead to longer-term appointment with possibility of consideration for substantiation.

Appointment Procedure

Applicants are invited to forward their dossier which includes (1) a letter of application discussing how their areas of expertise and relevant teaching and scholarly experience make them a good fit for the Science Unit at Lingnan University, (2) a research statement, (3) a teaching statement, and together with a completed personal data sheet (Form R1 which is obtainable at http://www.LN.edu.hk/hr/application-forms) to the Human Resources Office, Lingnan University, Tuen Mun, Hong Kong by post or by email: recruit@LN.edu.hk (as attachment in MS Word format) by 15 October 2018.

Applicants should provide names and contact information of at least three referees to whom applicants’ consent has been given for their providing references. Please specify the post you are applying for and quote the reference number of the post in all correspondence.  Shortlisted candidates may be invited for a campus visit to meet with the selection panel and to demonstrate their concerns about student learning, their abilities in teaching and curriculum development, and their plans for the development of their research programme.  Further information on the University and its programmes and activities can be found on the University’s web site: http://www.LN.edu.hk.  Enquiries can be directed to recruit@LN.edu.hk

The University reserves the right not to make an appointment for the post advertised, or to fill the post by invitation or by search.  We regret that only shortlisted candidates will be notified.

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