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Professor/Associate Professor/Assistant Professor in Modern Construction Management

Work type: Full-time
Department: Department of Real Estate and Construction (01200)
Categories: Professoriate Staff

Applications are invited for appointment as Tenure-Track Professor/Associate Professor/Assistant Professor in Modern Construction Management (two posts) in the Department of Real Estate and Construction (Ref.:524439), to commence as soon as possible, on a three-year fixed-term basis, with the possibility of renewal and consideration for tenure before the expiry of a second three-year fixed-term contract, subject to satisfactory performance.  Exceptionally outstanding candidates may be considered for appointment on tenure terms.

The Department of Real Estate and Construction (REC) enjoys a world-class reputation for its research and teaching in real estate and construction management.  It runs long-established, highly successful, and competitive professional education programmes, with alumni holding senior positions in the public and private sectors.  Its academic staff has a broad spectrum of expertise, covering virtually every aspect of construction, land, real estate, and facility and asset management.  As an integral part of the Faculty of Architecture, REC contributes to the world ranking of 14th under the QS University Subject Rankings 2021 in Built Environment.  In terms of research quality, the department is ranked 1st in the Built Environment panel of the Hong Kong Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) 2020.  More information about REC can be viewed at http://www.arch.hku.hk/rec/.

Applicants should possess a Ph.D. degree in Construction Management, Architecture, Civil Engineering, or a related field, with a demonstrated excellence in academic research, particularly in digital construction management.  Key areas of expertise may include, but are not limited to, industrialised construction, design for manufacture and assembly (DfMA), PropTech (e.g., Building Information Modeling, [BIM], and blockchain, Web 3.0), digital twin, and artificial intelligence (e.g., Large Language Models [LLM], generative design).  Having expertise in leveraging advanced digital methods to address global challenges, such as climate change and sustainable development, would be advantageous for this position.  The appointees will be responsible for pioneering research initiatives, developing innovative teaching methodologies at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels, and actively contributing to the strategic planning and development of the Department.

In addition to teaching, the appointees are expected to spearhead collaborative research projects that bridge the gaps between academic knowledge and industry practice in digital construction management.  Experience and enthusiasm for engaging in multi-disciplinary research would be desirable.  They should show a capacity to secure research funding, publish influential papers in leading academic journals, and exhibit leadership in academic circles.  Collaborative and impactful research opportunities are available through HKUrbanLabs (https://www.arch.hku.hk/about/hkurbanlab-intro/), an intellectual platform that brings together leading scholars, researchers, and practitioners to advance knowledge related to the built environment and beyond.  They can even establish their own labs under the umbrella in the future.  These roles offer a unique opportunity to influence the future of construction management education and practice through innovative research and interdisciplinary collaboration.

For informal enquiries about the post, please contact Professor Wilson Lu, Head of the Department of Real Estate and Construction (e-mail: wilsonlu@hku.hk; Tel: +852 3917 7981).

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 appointment will attract a contract-end gratuity and University contribution to a retirement benefits scheme, totalling up to 15% of the basic salary.  Housing benefits will be provided as applicable.

The University only accepts online applications for the above posts.  Applicants should apply online with (i) an executive summary outlining your field of research and highlights of major contributions to teaching and learning, research and scholarship, professional services, administration, as well as knowledge exchange; and (ii) an up-to-date C.V. with a publication list highlighting your best publications in the recent six years.  Review of applications will commence as soon as possible and continue until 1 March 2024, or until the posts are filled, whichever is earlier.

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