Research Assistant Professor in Atomistic Simulations of Defect Properties

Pok Fu Lam, Hong Kong
25 Jul 2022
End of advertisement period
31 Oct 2022
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Work type: Full-time
Department: Department of Mechanical Engineering (14500)
Categories: Academic-related Staff

Applications are invited for appointment as Research Assistant Professor in Atomistic Simulations of Defect Properties in the Department of Mechanical Engineering (Ref.: 515778), to commence as soon as possible and not later than October 31, 2022, on a three-year fixed-term basis with contract-end gratuity and University contribution to a retirement benefits scheme, totalling up to 15% of basic salary..

The Department of Mechanical Engineering offers B.Eng., M.Sc., M.Phil. and Ph.D. degree programmes. The University of Hong Kong has a highly ranked engineering school and an active Mechanical Engineering Programme. The Department employs about 30 full-time faculty members and has well-equipped teaching and research facilities and support. Information about the Department can be obtained at 

Applicants should possess a Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering or a related engineering field. The candidate should have expert knowledge in the development of machine learning and classical interatomic potentials, ab initio and molecular dynamics simulations of defect properties in structural materials, and the application of machine learning methods in simulations. Expertise in code development in Python is a must. Previous teaching experience is a plus. Those with the capability to initiate collaborative projects with researchers in Hong Kong and the Mainland, strong motivation and willingness to engage in innovative teaching schemes like flipped classroom and e-Learning will be preferred. They should also have excellent organizational, interpersonal and communication skills, and an excellent command of English.

The appointee is expected to work in Professor David Srolovitz’s research group; participate in large-scale collaborative research with other groups in the Department; and develop a sub-group with synergy and coherence with the host research group. He/She will also teach or contribute to the teaching of undergraduate and Master’s degree courses in Mechanical Engineering; apply for research funding; and supervise research postgraduate students and capstone projects with engineering contents for final year undergraduates. Administrative work which promotes the educational mission of the University may also be required.

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 University only accepts online application for the above post.  Applicants should apply online and upload an up-to-date C.V. Review of applications will start on July 31, 2022 and will continue until October 31, 2022, or until the post is filled, whichever is earlier.

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