Research Assistant Professor in Construction Artificial Intelligence and Robotics
Work type: Full-time
Department: Department of Real Estate and Construction (01200)
Categories: Academic-related Staff
Applications are invited for appointment as a Research Assistant Professor in Construction Artificial Intelligence and Robotics in the Department of Real Estate and Construction (Ref. 515742), to commence on 1 September 2022 or as soon as possible thereafter. The post will be on a two-year fixed-term basis.
The Department of Real Estate and Construction (REC) enjoys a world-class reputation for its research and teaching in real estate and construction management. It runs long-established, highly successful, and competitive professional education programmes, with alumni holding senior positions in the public and private sectors. Its academic staff has a broad spectrum of expertise, covering virtually every aspect of construction, urban, real estate, and conservation, with a growing interest in digital technologies and data analytics. Being part of the Faculty of Architecture, REC contributes to the world ranking of 14th under the QS University Subject Rankings 2021 in Built Environment. Its research quality is ranked 1st in the Built Environment panel according to the Hong Kong Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) 2020. More information about REC can be viewed at http://www.arch.hku.hk/rec/.
Applicants should have a Ph.D. degree in Building Engineering, Construction, Computing, or related fields, with expertise in construction artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics. An interdisciplinary background in construction informatics and robotics, including but not limited to robot positioning and navigation, AI-driven construction waste sorting, computer vision, unmanned aerial vehicles, building information modelling, digital twin, and augmented reality, is required. Applicants should have relevant post-doctoral experience with proven ability to publish/disseminate research outcomes on top journals/conference. They should also have the ability to work independently and in collaboration with a multidisciplinary team, the ability to collaborate with external parties including academics and industry practitioners, and excellent written and verbal communication skills in English and Chinese.
The appointee will conduct research with a focus on developing AI and robotics technologies to improve productivity of construction projects. He/She is expected to develop his/her research in the context of iLab@HKUrbanLabs, an urban big data as well as research hub housed on the 7th floor of the Knowles Building in the University. It is the home of more than HK$40 million research grants related to BIM, blockchain, construction informatics, construction logistics and supply chain management, and big data-enabled urban environmental management. Information about iLab@HKUrbanLabs is available at https://www.arch.hku.hk/researchcentre/ilab/.
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 on fixed-terms will attract a contract-end gratuity and University contribution to a retirement benefits scheme, totalling up to 15% of basic salary.
The University only accepts online applications for the above post. Applicants should apply online at the University’s career site (https://jobs.hku.hk) and upload a cover letter, an up-to-date C.V., and a research statement. Review of applications will commence as soon as possible and continue until September 1, 2022, or until the post is filled, whichever is earlier.