Chair Professor / Professor of Practice / Professor / Associate Professor

Ethical and Theoretical AI Lab

Chair Professor / Professor of Practice / Professor / Associate Professor (5 posts) (PR0410/19-20)  


Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU), ranked 262 in the QS world rankings and in the world top 75 in THE’s World Impact survey (2020), has defined six conceptual interdisciplinary research “Laboratories” to enable academics from different backgrounds to work together on common sets of problems and to contribute to the positioning of this young and dynamic University as a research-led liberal arts institution of global significance. 

Details of the six interdisciplinary research labs can be found on the HKBU Research website at:  https://research.hkbu.edu.hk/organisational-structure/interdisciplinary-research-labs

The Ethical and Theoretical AI Lab is one of the six labs.  Its primary aims are to build research strength in the study of the ethical and social implications of AI and of related foundational challenges in the development of future AI.  The focus on AI ethics is a natural choice in light of existing strength in applied ethics and humanities research at HKBU.

Details of the posts

We are recruiting five first-class scholars to join our newly established Ethical and Theoretical AI Lab.  Consistent with the interdisciplinary nature of the Ethical and Theoretical AI Lab initiative, these scholars will find appropriate academic homes in departments across the University, including, for example, the Department of Religion and Philosophy, the Department of Translation, Interpreting, and Intercultural Studies, the Department of Humanities and Creative Writing, the Department of Computer Science, the Department of Mathematics, or relevant departments in the School of Communication and the School of Business.  It is expected that one or more of the five positions will be filled by applicants with expertise in mathematical modelling and algorithmic development, as these relate to central issues in ethical and theoretical AI.  Expertise in one or more of the following areas would be a major advantage:

  1. AI Ethics (the foundations of moral machines)
  2. Machine Behavior
  3. Cognitive Science
  4. AI Validation
  5. Explainable AI (and Symbolic AI)
  6. Foundations of Emotion AI/Affective Computing
  7. Computational and Cognitive Linguistics
  8. AI and Digital Humanities

Colleagues recruited will have access to seed money and appropriate research facilities/support, as well as a generous array of competitive research funding from Hong Kong’s Research Grants Council, the Innovation and Technology Commission, and other external sources.

Interested candidates should have relevant expertise, a proven research record, and the readiness to contribute to an interdisciplinary research team.  They should be talented, motivated and committed to the Lab to make it a sustainable research hub. 

The above positions are on tenure-track with initial appointment on three-year fixed-term contracts.  Re-appointments thereafter will be subject to mutual agreement and availability of funding.  Tenured appointments, if applicable, are expected to be attained within six years.  Rank and salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Prospective applicants who wish to discuss the positions and/or the plans for the Lab are welcome to contact the Co-chair of the Search Committee: Prof. Mette HJORT, Dean of Faculty of Arts at mettehjort@hkbu.edu.hk  or Prof. Yi-ke GUO, Vice-President (Research and Development) at vprd@hkbu.edu.hk or Prof. Clayton MACKENZIE, Provost at prov@hkbu.edu.hk.

Search Committee members include:

Prof. Mark SHUTTLEWORTH (Translation, Interpreting and Intercultural Studies)

Prof. Jiming LIU (Computer Science)

Prof. Chris WONG (Biology)

Dr. Ellen ZHANG (Head, Religion and Philosophy)

Prof. John ERNI (Head, Humanities and Creative Writing)

Dr. William CHEUNG (Head, Computer Science)

Prof. Christy CHEUNG (Finance and Decision Sciences)

Dr. Celine SONG (Journalism)

Prof. Xue-Cheng TAI (Head, Mathematics)

Application Procedure:

Applicants are invited to submit their applications at the HKBU e-Recruitment System (jobs.hkbu.edu.hk) and send in samples of publications, preferably three best ones out of their most recent publications/works, statements of teaching and research interest and recent teaching evaluation results.  Applicants should also request two referees to send in confidential letters of reference, headlined Ethical and Theoretical AI Lab with PR number quoted to the Personnel Office (Email: recruit@hkbu.edu.hk) direct.  All application materials including publication samples, scholarly/creative works will not be returned after the completion of the recruitment exercise unless upon request.  Details of the University’s Personal Information Collection Statement can be found at http://pers.hkbu.edu.hk/pics.

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.

Review of applications is on-going and will continue until the positions are filled.

Hong Kong Baptist University is committed to creating a diverse environment and is an equal opportunity employer

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