Chair Professor / Professor of Practice / Professor / Associate Professor

Kowloon Tong, Hong Kong (HK)
09 Jun 2021
End of advertisement period
09 Jun 2022
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

System Health Lab

Chair Professor / Professor of Practice / Professor / Associate Professor (6 posts) (PR0407/19-20)


Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU), ranked 287 globally in the QS World University Rankings (QSWUR2022) and top 62 in THE Asia University Rankings (2021), has defined six 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 dynamic and globally oriented University as a research-led liberal arts institution of worldwide 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

One of the six new Labs, the System Health Lab, unites HKBU’s research strength in the basic disciplines such as mathematics, physics, and biology, together with the applied disciplines like medicine, geography, social sciences and communications, to explore the behavioral and wellbeing functioning mechanisms of complex systems including life, environment, human society and internet-based modern media. This cross-disciplinary research is the first of its kind in China, with great impact on communities. Not only will the lab fully spur the University’s development of academic and research excellence in the basic disciplines, but it will also ensure HKBU achieves an unparalleled position in the field of complex systems locally and nationally.

Details of the posts

To build this world leading interdisciplinary research Lab, we are recruiting six first-class scholars to push the research envelope with world-class research achievement in the areas of public/population health, social wellbeing, system medicine, etc. The Systems Health Lab is particularly interested in talents in the following areas:

1. Complex Systems including biological systems, social systems and internet systems
2. Methodology for system health research ranging from system dynamics to data analysis
3. Data driven system health research such as environmental epidemiology and network dynamics
4. Policy development in system wellbeing ranging from food security, planetary and population health, resilience of the urban environment and infrastructure, and the trust worthiness of the internet
5. Mathematical and statistical studies and numerical algorithm developments related to complex systems, health systems, diffusion processes and data analytics

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 are welcome to contact the Co-chair of the Search Committee: Prof. Yi-Ke GUO, Vice-President (Research and Development) at vprd@hkbu.edu.hk, Prof. Yu HUANG, Dean of School of Communication at s03033@hkbu.edu.hk or Prof. Jiming LIU, Dean of Faculty of Science at jiming@hkbu.edu.hk.

Search Committee members include:
Prof. Chris WONG (Biology)
Prof. Xue-Cheng TAI (Mathematics)
Prof. Kineta HUNG (Communication Studies)
Prof. Wei JIA (Chinese Medicine)
Prof. Julien BAKER (Sport and Physical Education)
Prof. Gary WONG (Chemistry)
Prof. Jonathan WONG (Biology)
Prof. Lei Han TANG (Physics)

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 “System Health Lab” with PR number quoted to the Human Resources 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://hro.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 ongoing 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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