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Research Assistant Professor in Building Energy/Building Environment/Building Safety and Resilience

Hong Kong
Closing date
11 Mar 2024


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. PolyU pursues world-class excellence in education and research, and it offers a wide range of programmes in six faculties and three independent schools. Besides ranking among the top 100 universities globally by both THE and QS World University Rankings, PolyU was placed among the top 50 universities in four disciplines in QS World University Rankings by Subject 2023, with three of them ranking 1st in Hong Kong.


Research Assistant Professor in Building Energy / Building Environment / Building Safety and Resilience (six posts)(Ref. 231011012)

The Department of Building Environment and Energy Engineering (BEEE) contributes to PolyU’s world ranking of 16thin the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) 2023 subject rankings of Architecture and Built Environment and 22ndalso in the QS 2023 subject rankings of Civil and Structural Engineering.  BEEE is one of the constituent departments of the Faculty of Construction and Environment, and offers a full range of programmes leading to the awards of Doctor of Philosophy, Master of Philosophy, Master of Engineering, Master of Science and Bachelor of Engineering. Currently there are 35 research staff and 121 research students (118 studying for PhD), over 600 full-time / part-time Master’s students and an undergraduate student body of over 250 full-time students.  BEEE currently has 40 full-time academic / teaching staff members engaging in a wide range of research activities organised in the following three themes:

Building Energy: Energy issues in buildings addressed in the context of both demand and supply to promote sustainable built environments.

Building Environment: Optimisation of buildings and built environments for thermal comfort, indoor air quality, visual / spatial and vibration / acoustic aspects to improve occupant health and productivity.

Building Safety and Resilience: Protection of building occupants from hazards such as fire and lightning to improve safety and resilience of communities, buildings and the built environments.

The University and the Department strongly encourage a multi-cultural environment regarding both the staff and student body composition. Please visit the website at further information about the Department.

The Department is looking for internationally excellent candidates in our research theme of Building Energy / Building Environment / Building Safety and Resilience.


The appointees will be required to:

(a)   initiate, lead and participate in scholarly research in his/her area of expertise and be active in research leading to quality journal publications and in bidding for external research grants and applied research projects;

(b)   conduct research in related areas and contribute to the development of the Department’s research strength;

(c)   undertake teaching duties at various levels;

(d)   provide leadership in developing a programme, a subject discipline or a research programme, etc.;

(e)   undertake relevant administrative duties; and

(f)   perform any other duties as assigned by Head of Department or his/her delegates.


Applicants should:

(a)   have a doctoral degree in an appropriate related discipline;

(b)   have relevant postdoctoral research experience (as supported by evidence of research projects and outputs) with teaching experience in related disciplines and subjects being a definite advantage;

(c)   have an outstanding publication record in referred journals, and demonstrate good potential in bidding for research grants as well as in establishing significant externally funded research programmes;

(d)   have strong commitment to excellence in teaching and research;

(e)   be able to demonstrate effective classroom teaching skills and have good interpersonal skills; and

(f)   have an excellent command of English.

The applicants should demonstrate strong potential to be internationally prominent through a track record of excellent research in the areas of Building Energy / Building Environment / Building Safety and Resilience.  They should contribute to the development and delivery of degree programmes; should demonstrate the ability to teach in engineering design relevant to their technical specialisation; and should have been involved in major research projects.

Applicants should be able to conduct research and teach subjects related to Building Energy / Building Environment / Building Safety and Resilience.

Conditions of Service

A highly competitive package including a medical benefits plan and a gratuity payable upon completion of the term which is normally for two years initially, with possibility of extension.


Please submit an application through PolyU’s career website (  Consideration of applications will commence on 25 October 2023 until the positions are filled. The University’s Personal Information Collection Statement for recruitment can be found at

PolyU is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and inclusivity.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to gender, ethnicity, nationality, family status or physical or mental disabilities.

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