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Research Assistant Professor in Language and Professional Communication

Hong Kong
Closing date
16 Jul 2024

With over 85 years of rich heritage, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) has evolved alongside society and made pivotal contributions to the development of Hong Kong, the Nation and the world. The University pursues world-class excellence in education and research, and it offers a wide range of programmes in six faculties and three independent schools. Besides ranked among the top 100 universities globally by well-known ranking organisations such as QS, THE and U.S. News & World Report, PolyU was ranked among the top 20 universities in three subjects and top 100 universities in 14 subjects/subject areas in QS World University Rankings by Subject 2023.


Research Assistant Professor in Language and Professional Communication (Ref. 240216004)

The Department of English and Communication within the Faculty of Humanities has a long history of conducting cutting-edge research in language and communication and producing high quality graduates for the professional workplace. With a team of around 27 full-time academic staff, our focus areas are professional communication and applied language studies, and we provide teaching to undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes. More information can be obtained through the departmental homepage at, including information about our key areas of research at

The Department is now inviting applications for the position of Research Assistant Professor. Priority will be given to applicants with demonstrated record of research in the field of English for Specific Purposes (ESP) as applied to industries such as Global Aviation; Maritime and Logistics; Business Outsourcing and International Business Communications; Railways, Traffic, and Smart Cities; and similar settings.  Experience in and familiarity with Generative AI applications to ESP is a plus.


The appointee will be required to:

  • conduct research as the main duty and actively pursue external research grants, such as General Research Fund, as Principal Investigator or Co-Investigator; 
  • provide quality teaching at undergraduate or postgraduate level; 
  • contribute to departmental service; and 
  • perform any other duties as assigned by the Head of Department or his/her delegates.


Applicants should:

  • have a doctoral degree in (Applied) Linguistics, Language Education, English for Specific Purposes, or a related discipline;
  • preferably have at least two years of postdoctoral research experience;
  • have demonstrated promise of a high level of creative ability in research and teaching in some subdivisions of their field; 
  • be able to demonstrate effective classroom teaching skills; and 
  • be highly proficient in written and spoken English.

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 16 March 2024 until the position is 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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