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Head of Department of Health Technology and Informatics

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH TECHNOLOGY AND INFORMATICS

Head of Department of Health Technology and Informatics (Ref. 240222015)

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 to nurture socially responsible leaders and professionals, as well as to drive impactful research and innovation. PolyU will strive to continually excel as an innovative world-class university that makes a positive impact on society, living up to the University’s motto of “To learn and to apply, for the benefit of mankind”.

Ranked among the top 100 universities globally by well-known ranking organisations such as Quacquarelli Symonds (QS), Times Higher Education (THE) and U.S. News & World Report, PolyU offers a wide range of world-class educational and research programmes in six faculties and three independent schools. PolyU has furthermore achieved remarkable results in the latest QS World University Rankings by Subject 2023 – it was ranked among the top 20 universities in three subjects and top 100 universities in 14 subjects/subject areas in the world.

For further details about the University, please visit PolyU’s website at http://www.polyu.edu.hk/.

Department of Health Technology and Informatics

The Department of Health Technology and Informatics (HTI) is one of the constituent departments of the Faculty of Health and Social Sciences hosting the disciplines of Medical Laboratory Science and Radiography.  HTI offers academic programmes at various levels, from Bachelor’s degree all the way to PhD degree.  There are currently about 40 faculty members, with about 25 technical and administrative personnel, plus around 140 research students and research staff, 250 postgraduate students, and 700 undergraduate students in HTI.  HTI is a leading academic department in the above professional disciplines with strong commitment to quality teaching and research.  Please visit the website at http://www.polyu.edu.hk/hti for more information about HTI.

The University is now inviting applications and nominations for the post of Head of Department of Health Technology and Informatics.  The successful candidate will be appointed as Chair Professor/Professor normally on regular terms of appointment (equivalent to tenured professorship), commensurate with his/her qualifications and experience, and will hold a concurrent headship appointment.  The concurrent headship appointment is normally for an aggregate period of six years in two three-year terms of office.  Other suitable candidate(s) from the search, if deemed appropriate by the University, may be appointed as Chair Professor/Professor if not as Head of Department. 

Job Functions

The position calls for a visionary academic leader with responsibilities of ensuring the smooth and successful operation and sustainable development of the Department.  Reporting directly to the Dean of Faculty of Health and Social Sciences, the appointee will be required to:

(a) provide effective leadership in the development of long-term strategies and plans of the Department, in alignment with the University’s Strategic Plan; and coach and empower subordinates so that they can accomplish planned objectives with world-class standards and in an effective and efficient manner;

(b) ensure high-quality teaching as well as holistic development of the students, and align the Department’s programmes with the needs of the community; 

(c) facilitate the conduct of innovative and original research of high quality and impact, and promote and develop genuine interdisciplinary / departmental research with the optimal use of research funds; 

(d) provide leadership in technology development, commercialisation and entrepreneurship initiatives to extend the impact of research outcomes of the University to the community; 

(e) provide leadership in developing a strong network of partnership with leading tertiary institutions for opportunities and collaboration in education, research and knowledge transfer activities; 

(f) enhance the local and international networks of partnerships and linkages with the community, particularly the professional, public and business sectors, so as to gain their support for the major strategic initiatives of the University;

(g) ensure effective internal communication that leads to a transparent decision-making process and promote the Department’s strengths and other services to all relevant stakeholders;

(h) ensure optimal deployment of human, financial and other resources in the Department;

(i) implement an effective mechanism to acquire donations and other forms of sponsorship to support the University’s pursuits and long-term development; and

(j) undertake other duties as assigned by the Dean of Faculty or the Central Management Team of the University from time to time. 

Qualifications

Applicants should have:

(a) academic qualifications at the doctoral level in a relevant academic discipline, evidence of eminent scholarship and substantial relevant experience in a senior academic position, and relevant professional qualification and registration where appropriate.  Professional qualifications registrable with the Medical Laboratory Technologists Board, the Radiographers Board of the Hong Kong SAR or the Hong Kong Institution of Physicists in Medicine Certification Board will be an advantage but not essential;

(b) attainment of an academic rank of full professor or above at an internationally recognised university;

(c) a distinguished international reputation in research and scholarship, and demonstrated international leadership in one or more domains of the Department’s research strengths and professional bodies, preferably in biomedical science, radiation science or biomedical imaging;  

(d) a good understanding of medical laboratory science and/or radiography discipline, and substantial work and research experience in areas of biomedical science, radiation science or biomedical imaging;

(e) a strong record in attracting competitive and/or interdisciplinary research funding;

(f) a demonstrated commitment to excellence in teaching;

(g) a global perspective, proven qualities of academic leadership and substantial administration / management experience, as well as the demonstrated ability of building up a strong team of faculty members with different professional, research and cultural backgrounds;

(h) effective interpersonal communication and resources management skills, and excellent adaptability to changes and challenges;

(i) good knowledge of the higher educational environment in the local and global context; and

(j) a high standard of personal integrity.

Experience in fund-raising will be an additional advantage.

Conditions of Service

Terms of appointment and remuneration package are negotiable and highly competitive.  For general information on terms and conditions for appointment of academic staff in the University, please visit the website at https://www.polyu.edu.hk/hro/docdrive/careers/doc/Prof.pdf.

Application and Nomination

The University invites applications and nominations for this appointment.  Please submit an application through PolyU’s career website (https://jobs.polyu.edu.hk/deans_heads).  Candidature may also be recommended by nominations via email to the Chairman of the Search Committee for recruitment of Head of Department of Health Technology and Informatics at hrschti@polyu.edu.hkConsideration of applications and nominations will commence on 25 March 2024 until the position is filled.  General information about the University is available at http://www.polyu.edu.hk or from the Human Resources Office [Tel: (852) 2766 5876].  The University’s Personal Information Collection Statement for recruitment can be found at https://www.polyu.edu.hk/hro/careers/pics_for_recruitment.

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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