Research Cluster Leader (at the rank of Professor) - Social Sciences

Hong Kong (HK)
05 Oct 2018
End of advertisement period
05 Nov 2018
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

The University of Hong Kong 's highest priorities are to create opportunities for the very best academic talents to excel and to advance human knowledge to the benefit of society. We serve the needs of Hong Kong, the wider region and the rest of the world.

Research Cluster Leaders (at the rank of Professor)
Department  :  Faculty of Social Sciences
Closing Date  :  November 5, 2018

Ref. :  201801597

Research Cluster Leaders (at the rank of Professor)

The University of Hong Kong Faculty of Social Sciences seeks to appoint three Research Cluster Leaders to build internationally-leading programmes in three research areas: Cities 2050, Contemporary China, and Mental Wellness, to commence as soon as possible, on a three-year fixed-term basis, with the possibility of renewal and with consideration for tenure before the expiry of a second three-year fixed-term contract.  Direct tenure may be offered to outstanding candidates.

The University of Hong Kong Faculty of Social Sciences

The University of Hong Kong (HKU) is a leading international institution of higher learning in Asia. Consistently ranked in the top 30 universities in the world, the University strives to attract and nurture outstanding scholars from around the world through excellence and innovation in teaching and learning, research and knowledge exchange. The University has 10 faculties and over 140 academic departments and institutes/centres, with 28,000 students, and more than 2,000 members of academic staff coming from multi-cultural backgrounds, many of whom are internationally renowned.

Ranked 2nd in Asia, the HKU Faculty of Social Sciences is made up of six Departments and six multidisciplinary Research Centres that provide a platform for research collaboration among colleagues on campus and around the world. The three research clusters prioritized under the new Faculty Research Strategy represent areas of existing strength, and the Faculty is investing further resources in these areas to elevate the scale and impact of research.

The three research clusters are:

  • Cities 2050: Urbanisation, sustainability, mobility and governance. As the age of Mega-City unfolds in Asia, we see an opportunity to collaborate with other leading global partners and become a major centre of research on where cities are going in the next 35 years and beyond.
  • Contemporary China: Social, political and spatial transformation. We have a long history of multidisciplinary collaboration and synergism in China studies, and we seek to grow capacity in this area so that HKU's world-leading position in the field be greatly enhanced.
  • Mental Wellness: From brain to society. Mental wellness is vital for maximizing the potential in each of us, and the potential impact of research in this area is vast. We have a strong set of distinct but overlapping research programs in this area, including Cognitive/Affective/Social Neuroscience; Social/Health Psychology; Development/Educational Psychology; Gerontology; Population health approaches and Behavioural health. 

Position Description

The successful candidate should have a PhD, a track record of high impact publications and a sustained record of success at gaining large-scale competitive research funding. Experience in raising philanthropic funds and a track-record of creating real-world impact through their research agenda will be an advantage.

The Faculty seeks someone who is interested in developing large-scale research initiatives through collaboration with colleagues inside the Faculty of Social Sciences and beyond. The appointees will help identifying opportunities to build research teams through the investment of resources, and helping the research teams to reach their ambitions. The Research Cluster Leaders will be given the authority to lead research strategy within their clusters, and they will join the Faculty leadership team to help guiding our future development. The appointees will be members of a Department (or joint appointees across more than one). They will work closely with the Dean, Associate Dean (Research), and other Research Cluster Leaders.  Outstanding candidates may be appointed with the title of Chair Professor.

How to Apply

The Search Committee will be supported in this search exercise by the executive search firm Perrett Laver. Applicants should submit a cover letter and an up-to-date CV. For further details, including job description, person specification and information on how to apply, please see quoting reference 3784.  The deadline for applications is November 5, 2018.

A globally competitive remuneration package commensurate with the appointee's qualifications and experience will be offered.  At current rates, salaries tax does not exceed 15% of gross income. The appointment will attract a contract-end gratuity and University contribution to a retirement benefits scheme, totalling up to 15% of basic salary, as well as leave, and medical benefits.  Housing benefits will be provided as applicable. 

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