Tenure-track Associate Professor/Assistant Professor in Earth and Planetary Science

Hong Kong (HK)
01 Nov 2017
End of advertisement period
01 Dec 2017
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Tenure-track Associate Professor/Assistant Professor (30 posts) 

Ref.  :  201701228 

Department : Faculty of Science 

Closing Date  : December 31, 2017 

The Faculty of Science will be 80 years old in 2019 and to celebrate this anniversary we are recruiting a cohort of 80th Anniversary professors. This is an unprecedented expansion focused on realizing the Faculty’s vision to be pre-eminent in Hong Kong, leading in Asia and highly competitive globally. We are aiming to expand by about 20% over the next year.

The Faculty of Science is one of the larger faculties in HKU with about 130 academic staff in five departments (Chemistry, Earth Sciences, Mathematics, Physics, and Statistics and Actuarial Science) and one school (Biological Sciences) and an off-site marine facility, The Swire Institute of Marine Science (SWIMS). The Faculty provides a supportive and friendly environment and is embarking on a programme of recruitment to invest in areas of acknowledged strength and to invest in areas of internationally competitive activity. Information about the Faculty can be obtained at The Faculty is committed to gender equality and positively welcomes applications from women as well as men. The Faculty will also be happy to consider applications from individuals with their own funding who wish to explore proleptic positions.

To better support research, the Faculty has established a new research division structure and the 80th anniversary professorships will be recruited into specific target areas within this division: 

Research Division of Earth and Planetary Science

The Research Division of Earth and Planetary Sciences has research strengths in solid earth-tectonics and climate change, with planetary science as an emerging cluster. We have expertise in near surface tectonic processes, palaeo-climate-ocean history, and planetary tectonics, and important facilities such as LA-ICP-MS, EPMA and FTMS. Weare looking to build on these strengths by hiring in the areas of:

  • numerical modelling of core-mantle processes; or deep-earth materials 
  • coastal and sea-level change 
  • modelling of climate change 
  • geobiochemistry in atmosphere and hydrosphere

Applications are invited for tenure-track appointments as Associate Professor/Assistant Professor (30 posts) in the Faculty, to commence on or before September 30, 2018. The posts will initially be made on a three-year fixed-term basis with the possibility of renewal and with consideration for tenure before the expiry of a second three-year appointment.

Applicants should possess a Ph.D. degree in Science. They should have research interests that align with or are complementary to one of the identified areas of recruitment in one of the six Research Divisions. Appointees will have a lighter teaching load during the first contract.  The teaching duties will be assigned by the Head of Department of the relevant department that an appointee will join upon appointment. 

Annual salaries will be in the following ranges (subject to review from time to time at the entire discretion of the University):              
Associate Professor    :    HK$847,500 – 1,346,940
Assistant Professor     :    HK$645,900 – 998,280
(approximately US$1 = HK$7.8)

A globally competitive remuneration package commensurate with the appointee's qualifications and experience will be offered. At current rates, salaries tax does not exceed 15% of gross income. The appointment will attract a contract-end gratuity and University contribution to a retirement benefits scheme, totaling up to 15% of basic salary,as well as leave, and medical benefits. Housing benefits will be provided as applicable.

Applicants should submit a cover letter, a completed application form, together with an up-to-date C.V., which should include hyperlinks to google scholar profiles and ORCID, a detailed publication list since 2014 with journal impact factor and citations indicated for each publication, a research proposal and a statement on teaching philosophy to

Application form (341/1111) can be downloaded at 

Further particulars can be obtained at  Closes December 31, 2017. 

The University thanks applicants for their interest, but advises that only candidates shortlisted for interviews will be notified of the application result.