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Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Sociology and Social Policy

Tuen Mun, Hong Kong
Closing date
29 Feb 2024

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Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Sociology
Job Type
Academic Posts, Postdocs
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, Department of Sociology and Social Policy
(Post Ref.: 23/406)

The Department of Sociology and Social Policy brings together scholars with international research experience and publication records in major outlets in Sociology and Social Policy. The Department is a recipient of the University’s Research Excellence Award and Teaching Excellence Awards. We offer teaching in Sociology and Social Policy; and co-host the Health and Social Services Management Major with the Asia Pacific Institute of Ageing Studies and the Social and Public Policy Studies Major with the Department of Economics. The Department hosts an MSocSc Programme in Comparative Social Policy (International) (IMCSP) and has been successful in attracting MPhil and PhD students from around the world as well as Hong Kong PhD Fellows and winning other external competitive grants. For more information, applicants are advised to visit the departmental websiteUG programme websiteIMCSP programme website, and RGC Funding Schemes website.

We will shortly be starting a new funded project with multiple PIs from Lingnan University and The University of Hong Kong, and therefore welcome applications for one Postdoctoral Fellow (PDF) position. The PDF will work on two related research programmes, investigating which public health and social control measures (PHSMs) maximally reduced COVID-19 transmissions while causing fewer disruptions to the community and evaluating the optimal social policy designs in minimising the economic harms of the COVID-19 pandemic through cross-national research as well as a local survey and focus groups in Hong Kong. For more information, applicants are invited to contact Professor Stefan Kühner (

General Requirements

Applicants should have a PhD degree in Sociology, Social Policy, or other related disciplines with evidence of excellent research outputs. Experience with conducting state-of-the-art quantitative and qualitative social research is essential. Experience conducting systematic literature reviews, comparative social policy analysis, working with large-scale longitudinal data sets, set theoretic methods, or computational social science would be a distinct advantage. The appointee’s primary duties will be to conduct scholarly research, but they may also be asked to assist in course teaching, supervising student research projects and perform other duties as assigned. The appointee is expected to have a solid commitment to academic excellence and is expected to engage in their own high-quality research and journal publications.


The conditions of the appointment will be competitive. Remuneration will be commensurate with the applicant’s qualifications and experience. Fringe benefits include annual leave, medical and dental benefits, mandatory provident fund, gratuity, incoming passage and baggage allowance for the eligible appointee. The appointment will normally be made on a fixed-term contract for up to two years.

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. The review of applications will start from 15 December 2023 and will 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.

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