Tenure-Track Professor and Head of Department of Sociology

Pok Fu Lam, Hong Kong
06 Dec 2019
End of advertisement period
13 Jan 2020
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Sociology
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.

Work type: Full-time
Department: Faculty of Social Sciences (30000)
Categories: Professoriate Staff

The University of Hong Kong

Founded in 1911, the University of Hong Kong is committed to the highest international standards of excellence in teaching and research, and has been at the international forefront of academic scholarship for many years. The University has a comprehensive range of study programmes and research disciplines spread across 10 faculties and over 140 academic departments and institutes/centres. There are 29,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students from 50 countries, and more than 2,500 members of academic and academic-related staff coming from multi-cultural backgrounds, many of whom are internationally renowned.

The Department of Sociology

The Department of Sociology has a long history of excellence, drawing on an interdisciplinary approach to the study of social issues in Hong Kong, China, and the world. It has a diverse body of teaching faculty, adopting a variety of theoretical and methodological perspectives, particularly using qualitative and ethnographic methods. It offers undergraduate majors in Sociology, Criminology, and Media and Cultural Studies. In addition to research postgraduate degrees, it also offers two taught postgraduate programmes in Criminology and Media, Culture, and Creative Cities. Information about the Department can be found at

The Department of Sociology sits within the Faculty of Social Sciences.

The Faculty has identified three broad research clusters, namely (1) Contemporary China: Social, political, and spatial transformation; (2) Cities 2050: Urbanisation, sustainability, and mobility; and (3) Mental Wellness: From brain to society. In addition, the Faculty values diverse research methodologies, and is particularly committed to upgrading our expertise in quantitative methods. Applicants with relevant expertise are welcome to apply.

The Position

Applications are invited for appointment as Professor, 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, subject to approval. The appointment as Head of Department will be made for an initial three-year term, renewable subject to mutual agreement.

Founded 50 years ago, the Department is looking for a visionary leader to help take it into its second half-century. We seek a scholar of the highest academic credentials who has a commitment to helping build a community of scholars. The area of research expertise is open but the appointee should have the experience and capability required to lead the Department. The appointee will lead strategic planning within the Department to deliver positive outcomes across our research and teaching programmes. He/She will bring energy, experience in leadership and administration, and strong interpersonal skills to the role. The appointee will be responsible for both strategic and operational leadership within the Department, and contribute a significant voice in the leadership structure of the Faculty. He/She will ensure, through effective leadership and coordination, that the activities of the Department are in alignment with the Faculty’s strategic research areas.

A highly competitive salary commensurate with qualifications and experience will be offered, in addition to annual leave and medical benefits. 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. Housing benefits will be provided as applicable.

How to Apply

The executive search firm Perrett Laver is supporting the Faculty of Social Sciences in this recruitment exercise. To apply, or to download further information on the required qualifications, skills and experience for the role, please visit, quoting reference 3783. Initial inquiries may be directed to Dr. Jesse Sloane at

Applications should consist of a cover letter together with an up-to-date curriculum vitae (CV) and related dossier. Review of applications will start on December 30, 2019 and continue until January 13, 2020.

The University is an equal opportunities employer and is committed to equality, ethics, inclusivity, diversity and transparency