Assistant Professor - Science Unit, Core Curriculum and General Education Office

Hong Kong (HK)
05 Oct 2016
End of advertisement period
04 Nov 2016
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Education
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Applications are now invited for the following post, which will be tenable from mid-August 2017 or by mutual agreement :

Assistant Professor
Science Unit, Core Curriculum and General Education Office
(Post Ref.: 16/162/TH)

We are now looking for a high-calibre scholar and devoted teacher to join the Science Unit at the Assistant Professor level.  An ideal candidate will broaden the scope and expertise of the Science Unit in both teaching and research, allow for collaboration with academic staff in other departments and faculties on campus, as well as be able to perform high-quality research in the absence of major laboratory equipment and resources.  For example, candidates working on (1) big data analytics with applications to health care, environmental protection, economics or social networks; (2) issues related to air and water pollution; or (3) urban geography could serve as important links between the Science Unit and other departments on campus.  In addition, scholars with research foci, key collaborators, or field sites in China or South East Asia might find Hong Kong an ideal location.  We are looking for a colleague who relishes the challenge of joining a growing unit in a unique academic environment, so we will consider candidates from all fields of natural sciences.

The appointee should share our enthusiasm in promoting science education, and be expected to : (a) teach science courses in the Core Curriculum; (b) develop courses in his/her areas of expertise for the “Science, Technology and Society” cluster; (c) pursue scholarship in his/her areas of expertise; (d) pursue collaborative research with members of the Science Unit and other staff members of the University; (e) enhance links and collaborations with other universities, NGOs, and industries in Hong Kong; (f) contribute to the public outreach and knowledge transfer efforts of the Science Unit; (g) contribute to the university’s efforts to ensure whole-person development of students of Lingnan University; and (h) undertake other duties as assigned by the University.  For details, please visit

General Requirements
Candidates should have (i) a PhD in a relevant natural science discipline; (ii) relevant experience in teaching, especially at the non-majors general education level; (iii) evidence of a well-developed, funded, independent research programme; (iv) a good research record; and (v) excellent interpersonal and communication skills for developing meaningful collaborations with students and colleagues in a liberal arts setting.

Lingnan University is fully committed to the pursuit of excellence in both teaching and research.  The appointee should demonstrate commitment to teaching and research excellence.  Candidates are required to provide information on their research records and evidence of quality teaching. 

The conditions of appointment will be competitive.  Remuneration will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.  Fringe benefits include annual leave, medical and dental benefits, mandatory provident fund, gratuity, housing benefits and incoming passage and baggage allowance for the eligible appointee.

Appointment will normally be made on an initial contract of three years, which, subject to review and mutual agreement, may normally lead to longer-term appointment with possibility of consideration for substantiation.

Application Procedure
Applicants are invited to forward their dossier which includes (1) a letter of application discussing how their areas of expertise and relevant teaching and scholarly experience make them a good fit for the Science Unit at Lingnan University, (2) a research statement, (3) a teaching statement, and together with a completed personal data sheet (Form R1 which is obtainable at to the Human Resources Office, Lingnan University, Tuen Mun, Hong Kong by post, by fax at (852) 2891-5782 or by email: (as attachment in MS Word format) by 13 November 2016.  Applicants should provide names and contact information of at least three referees to whom applicants’ consent has been given for their providing references.  Please specify the post you are applying for and quote the reference number of the post in all correspondence.  Shortlisted candidates may be invited for a campus visit to meet with the selection panel and to demonstrate their concerns about student learning, their abilities in teaching and curriculum development, and their plans for the development of their research programme.  Further information on the University and its programmes and activities can be found on the University’s web site :  Enquiries can be directed to

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.