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

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.

DEPARTMENT OF Building Environment and Energy Engineering

Associate Professor / Assistant Professor in Building Energy / Building Environment / Building Safety and Resilience (Ref. 240304005)

The Department of Building Environment and Energy Engineering (BEEE) contributes to PolyU’s world ranking of 16th in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2023 of Architecture and Built Environment and 22nd also in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2023 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 over 50 research staff and 110 research students, over 600 full-time / part-time Master’s students, an undergraduate student body of over 250 full-time students.  BEEE currently has over 40 full-time academic / teaching staff members engaging in a wide range of research activities organized 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 for further information about the Department.

BEEE is seeking internationally excellent candidate(s) with exceptional track record of research and scholarship in any of the aforementioned themes with preference to candidates demonstrating a strong and individualistic vision of the challenges facing modern urban environments and the opportunities afforded by emerging technologies to address them.

The appointee will be required to (a) undertake teaching duties at various levels; (b) supervise undergraduate and postgraduate research projects and theses; (c) conduct research in related areas and contribute to the development of the Department’s research strength; (d) 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; (e) engage in programme / curriculum planning, administration and development; (f) provide leadership in developing a programme, a subject discipline or a research programme, etc.; and (g) undertake relevant administrative duties.

Applicants should (a) have a doctoral degree in an appropriate related discipline; (b) have strong commitment to excellence in teaching and research; (c) be able to demonstrate effective classroom teaching skills and have good interpersonal skills; (d) have an excellent command of English; (e) have an excellent record of research and scholarship commensurate with their experience; and (f) demonstrate good potential in bidding for research grants as well as in establishing significant externally funded research programmes.

The applicants should demonstrate strong potential to be internationally prominent through a track record of excellent research and teaching. They will be expected to contribute to the development and delivery of degree programmes; teach in engineering design relevant to their technical specialisation; and should have been involved in major research projects relevant to their discipline.

While applications are open to anyone with an outstanding research and teaching track record in any of the areas above, preference will be given to those with a demonstrated track record and expertise in electrical services (electrical and electronic engineering with applications in or related to buildings).

[Applicants who have responded to the previous advertisement(s) need not re-apply.]

Conditions of Service

A highly competitive remuneration package will be offered.  Initial appointment for Assistant Professor will be on a fixed-term gratuity-bearing contract.  Re-engagement thereafter is subject to mutual agreement.  An appropriate term will be provided for appointment at Associate Professor level.  For general information on terms and conditions for appointment of academic staff in the University, please visit the website at


Please submit an application through PolyU’s career website (  Consideration of applications will commence on 25 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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