Post-doctoral Fellow/Senior Research Assistant in the Department of Urban Planning and Design

Pok Fu Lam, Hong Kong
03 May 2023
End of advertisement period
15 Jun 2023
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Work type: Full-time
Department: Department of Urban Planning and Design (01300)
Categories: Senior Research Staff & Post-doctoral Fellow, Research Staff

Post-doctoral Fellow/Senior Research Assistant in the Department of Urban Planning and Design

Applications are invited for appointment as Post-doctoral Fellow/Senior Research Assistant in the Department of Urban Planning and Design (Ref.: 520331). 

Duties and Responsibilities

The appointee will pursue both theoretical and empirical investigations into the areas of urban data analytics, urban systems modelling and policy simulations. He/She is expected to possess a strong technical background in at least one of these areas:

  • Land-use/transport simulations and optimisations, including model development (e.g. spatial interaction and agent-based models) and short-/long-term forecasting.
  • Urban sensing and big data analytics, with experiences in dealing with mobile phone data, taxi GPS data and ride-hailing platform data;
  • Artificial intelligence in urban planning and design, including deep learning applications and human–computer interactive tools; and

The appointee will join and contribute to the newly established HKU Urban Systems Institute. To forge a technology–policy nexus, the appointee is expected to assist in developing a modelling framework for deciphering and predicting urban systems evolution with regards to population and economic activities in the twin cities of Hong Kong and Shenzhen. Preference will be given to those with experience in writing research grants and proficiency in both English and Chinese. Shortlisted candidates will be invited to attend an interview. Enquires about the post can be sent to Dr Tianren Yang (e-mail: Applicants who have responded to the previous advertisement (Ref.: 519248) need not re-apply.


Applicants should possess a Ph.D. degree in urban computational modelling, urban data science, spatial analysis, statistical physics, urban economics, complex systems, urban planning, geography, or other related fields. He/She should have a track record in publishing in high-ranked journals and working in an interdisciplinary team.

Those with a Master’s degree with at least 1 years’ post-qualification experience may be considered for the post of Senior Research Assistant.

What We Offer

The appointment will commence as soon as possible for one year, with the possibility of renewal subject to satisfactory performance and funding availability. Exceptional Post-doctoral Fellow candidates can further apply for HKU Research Assistant Professor positions after the successful completion of this project. 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.

How to Apply

The University only accepts online application for the above post. Applicants should apply online and upload an up-to-date CV, a cover letter/statement of interest and a representative publication. Review of applications will commence as soon as possible and continue until June 15, 2023, or until the post is filled, whichever is earlier.