Postdoctoral Fellow, Hong Kong Catastrophic Risk Centre

Tuen Mun, Hong Kong
18 Sep 2023
End of advertisement period
18 Oct 2023
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Lingnan University, a distinctive liberal arts institution in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, is committed to the provision of quality whole-person education by combining the best of Chinese and Western liberal arts traditions. It strives to pursue excellence in teaching, learning, scholarship and community engagement. With three academic Faculties and the School of Interdisciplinary Studies, it offers a wide range of undergraduate degree programmes in the areas of Arts, Business and Social Sciences, and the broad curriculum covers an array of general education, interdisciplinary and science courses. The School of Graduate Studies offers research and taught postgraduate programmes up to doctoral level in various disciplines, and provides professional education for the wider society. Lingnan’s liberal arts education is characterised by a broad-based interdisciplinary curriculum with specialised disciplinary studies; close student-staff relationship; a vibrant residential campus; ample global learning opportunities; active community engagement and multifarious workplace experience. Applications are now invited for the following post:

Postdoctoral Fellow
Hong Kong Catastrophic Risk Centre

(Post Ref.: 23/88)

General Requirements

Areas of Specialization: Philosophy and Ethics of AI, Philosophy and Ethics of (Catastrophic/Existential) Risks, Population Ethics, Environmental Ethics (esp. Climate Change), and Ethics and Future Generations.

Applicants should have a PhD degree in Philosophy by the start of the appointment. The successful candidate’s duties include:

  • Conducting research in the areas of focus of the centre (e.g., publishing high quality papers on catastrophic/existential risks, ethics of emerging technologies (AI, biological weapons, etc), population ethics, climate change and future generations and related fields)
  • Conducting an extensive mapping of various funding opportunities for the centre
  • Collaborating with the director and other fellows in the development of funding applications for the centre
  • Writing individual and collaborative research proposals

Teaching will not be required, but can be arranged upon mutual agreement.


The conditions of appointment will be competitive. The rank and remuneration will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. Fringe benefits include annual leave, medical and dental benefits, mandatory provident fund, gratuity and incoming passage and baggage allowance for eligible appointee.

The start date of the appointment should be no later than August 2023, preferably earlier, and end in August 2024. Suitably qualified appointee may carry a functional title of Research Assistant Professor.

Application Procedure (online application only)

Please click "Apply Now" to submit your application. Applicants shall provide names and contact information of at least three referees to whom applicants’ consent has been given for their providing references. Personal data collected will be used for recruitment purposes only.

We are an equal opportunities employer. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the post is filled. Qualified candidates are advised to submit their applications early for consideration.

The University reserves the right not to make an appointment for the post advertised, or to fill the post by invitation or by search. We regret that only shortlisted candidates will be notified.