Assistant Professor in Sociology

Hong Kong
23 Apr 2021
End of advertisement period
31 Oct 2021
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Education, Sociology
Contract Type
Full Time


The Hong Kong Polytechnic University is a government-funded tertiary institution in Hong Kong. It offers programmes at various levels including Doctorate, Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees. It has a full-time academic staff strength of around 1,200. The total annual consolidated expenditure budget of the University is in excess of HK$7.6 billion. 


Assistant Professor in Sociology (two posts) (Ref. 21042308)

As one of the largest social sciences departments in the Asian Pacific region, the Department of Applied Social Sciences offers research degrees at MPhil and PhD levels as well as taught programmes at undergraduate and postgraduate levels in various disciplines. To further strengthen our academic team, we are recruiting faculty members at Assistant Professor level in the discipline of Sociology or related areas. 

The Department is home to many thriving research and practice units: Centre for Social Policy and Social Entrepreneurship, Child Development Centre, China Research and Development Network, and Professional Practice and Assessment Centre. It is also strongly connected with the Institute of Active Ageing of the Faculty of Health and Social Sciences and other health related disciplines. They provide platforms for collaborative research, practice projects, and policy discussions with government departments and NGOs. Focused areas of research in the Department include but not limited to: (a) family, child, youth and ageing studies; (b) psychology, mental health, and health; (c) social work and human service management; (d) social policy, social welfare, and community development; and (e) social theory, and the Chinese mainland and global social development.

Please visit the website at for more information about the Department. Applicants are invited to contact Professor Chen Juan, Interim Head of Department of Applied Social Sciences, by email at for further information about the posts.


The appointees will be required to:

(a)    teach subjects in the discipline of Sociology and/or related subjects;
(b)    contribute to the development and enhancement of teaching and learning;
(c)    participate in the planning, management and curriculum development of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes;
(d)    develop e-learning modules and design of innovative pedagogy;
(e)    secure external competitive research grants, conduct academic research, publish in good quality peer-reviewed journals, and provide academic leadership in teaching, research and other scholarly activities;
(f)    carry out academic and administrative duties as required; and
(g)    perform any other duties as assigned by the Head of Department or his/her delegates.


Applicants should:

(a)    have a PhD/doctorate degree and a solid academic background in Sociology, Social Policy or related disciplines, particularly with research and teaching expertise in the areas of social sciences theory, philosophy and religion, class and education, labour and migration, gender studies, social development, social media, China/Hong Kong studies and quantitative research method;
(b)    have proven track records in teaching and research;
(c)    have demonstrated record for establishing significant externally funded research programmes;
(d)    have considerable experience in academic programme planning, management and curriculum development;
(e)    demonstrate academic management and leadership capabilities;
(f)    be open to the use of e-learning and blended learning strategies in teaching and scholarship; and
(g)    have local and international connections in research and professional capacities.

Remuneration and Conditions of Service

A highly competitive remuneration package will be offered.  Initial appointments will be on a fixed-term gratuity-bearing contract. Re-engagement thereafter is subject to mutual agreement. For general information on terms and conditions for appointment of academic staff in the University, please visit the website at Applicants should state their current and expected salary in the application. 


Please send a completed application form by post, providing the names and addresses of three referees, to Human Resources Office, 13/F, Li Ka Shing Tower, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hung Hom, Kowloon, Hong Kong or via email to Application forms can be downloaded from If a separate curriculum vitae is to be provided, please still complete the application form which will help speed up the recruitment process. Recruitment will continue until the positions are filled. The University’s Personal Information Collection Statement for recruitment can be found at

PolyU is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and inclusivity. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to gender, ethnicity, nationality, family status or physical or mental disabilities. 

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