Director of SWIMS

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

Directors of Research Divisions and SWIMS 

Ref. : 201701574 

Department : Faculty of Science 

Closing Date : December 31, 2017 

The Faculty of Science has embarked on an ambitious programme of recruitment to celebrate its 80th anniversary, and is looking for a series of Research Directors to lead its research to meet the University’s vision to be first in Hong Kong, leading in Asia, and competitive globally.

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. 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 is looking for a Directors for their research division and for an interdisciplinary institute – The Swire Institute of Marine Science (SWIMS):

Director of SWIMS

The Swire Institute of Marine Science has a field station at Cape d’Aguillar that is currently undergoing a HK$100m refurbishment. It has unparalleled access to the marine environment around Hong Kong, located on the shores of a marine reserve and modern facilities including aquaria. It covers all aspects of marine science but focuses on the marine biology. SWIMS was first opened in 1990 and has received significant sponsorship from the Swire Group. 

Applicants should be an outstanding researcher, with an exceptional record of research outputs, funding and student supervision. They should have demonstrated strong research leadership and commitment to helping others to develop their research.

The successful candidate will be appointed as Professor in the Department/School of the Faculty and will concurrently hold the Directorship in the respective Research Division/Institute. They will be considered for direct tenure subject to approval.

Internationally competitive start-up packages are available for the successful candidates. 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.

Enquiries or applications to be sent to Ms. Petra Klerken, Witt/Kieffer Ccentric (e-mail:, tel: +852 5280 7086).

Please indicate clearly the reference number and the related Research Division in the subject of the e-mail. Further particulars can be obtained at Interested applicants are encouraged to submit their applications on or before December 31, 2017 to ensure timely consideration.  Review of applications and nominations will continue until the posts are filled.

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