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With 85 years of rich heritage, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) has evolved alongside our society and made pivotal contributions to the development of Hong Kong, the Nation and the world. The University pursues world-class excellence in education and research to nurture professional talents, leaders and entrepreneurs, and impactful scholars and innovators. PolyU strives to advance knowledge and address societal challenges, living up to the University’s motto of “To learn and to apply, for the benefit of mankind”.

Ranking among the top 100 universities globally by both the Times Higher Education (THE) and Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings, PolyU offers a wide range of world-class educational and research programmes in six faculties and three independent schools. PolyU has furthermore achieved remarkable results in the latest QS World University Rankings by Subject 2022 – it was placed among the top 20 universities in four disciplines, with three of them ranking 1st in Hong Kong. In the newly released metrics compiled by Stanford University, more than 200 PolyU scholars ranked among the world’s top 2% most-cited scientists, the 2nd highest number in Hong Kong.


To boost the leadership and impact of PolyU’s research work in areas of significant societal needs and strategic importance, the Strategic Hiring Scheme (SHS) is introduced to recruit faculty members at all levels. The Presidential Young Scholars Scheme (PYSS) is one of the initiatives established under the SHS to invite outstanding young scholars to join the University as Assistant Professors and Associate Professors.

Applicants for the post of Assistant Professor should have undertaken their PhD and/or postdoctoral research in a world-leading research group, published a significant amount of world-leading research as a main author, and demonstrated promise of a high level of creative ability in teaching and research. In addition, those for the post of Associate Professor should have documented scholarly production and professional achievements in teaching and research, developed an international reputation for the impact on their world-leading research, and demonstrated contribution to professional and/or public service.

Priority will be given to applicants whose research falls into one or more of the following categories:

(a)   research that addresses significant societal challenges;
(b)   research in an area of strategic importance to PolyU;
(c)   research of a strong inter-disciplinary nature; and
(d)   research in an emerging area of significant importance.

For more information about PolyU, its faculties, schools and individual academic units, please visit PolyU's website at  


Appointees will be conferred the title of “Presidential Young Scholar” and be offered an attractive annual remuneration package of not less than HK$1 million as well as a start-up grant of not less than HK$3 million to support research activities (including the admission of PhD students, purchasing of equipment, and hiring of research staff) in the initial three years. 

For general information on terms and conditions for appointment of academic staff in the University, please visit the website at


Please submit an application through our Global Search application webpage ( Applicants may contact for general enquiries. The University’s Personal Information Collection Statement for recruitment can be found at

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