Head of Interdisciplinary Division of Aeronautical and Aviation Engineering

Hong Kong (HK)
05 Jan 2018
End of advertisement period
05 Apr 2018
Contract Type
Full Time



Head of Interdisciplinary Division of Aeronautical and Aviation Engineering

(Ref. 17061306) 

​The Hong Kong Polytechnic University is a government-funded tertiary institution in Hong Kong. It offers programmes at various levels including Doctorate, Master’s, and Bachelor’s degrees. It has a full-time academic staff strength of around 1,400. The total annual consolidated expenditure budget of the University is in excess of HK$7.5 billion.

In line with the strategic development of the University and to lead the development of the aeronautical and aviation engineering discipline in teaching and research activities, a new Interdisciplinary Division of Aeronautical and Aviation Engineering (AAE) was established in the Faculty of Engineering in July 2016.  The Division currently offers two degree programmes including the 2-year full-time top-up BEng (Hons) in Air Transport Engineering and the 4-year full-time BEng (Hons) in Aviation Engineering.  Please visit the website at for more information about the Division.  AAE is one of the seven constituent departments of the Faculty of Engineering.  Information on the Faculty is available at

The University is now inviting applications and nominations for the post of Head of Interdisciplinary Division of Aeronautical and Aviation Engineering.

The successful candidate will be appointed as Chair Professor/Professor, commensurate with his/her qualifications and experience, and hold a concurrent headship appointment.  The headship appointment is normally for an aggregate period of six years in two three-year terms of office.  Other suitable candidate(s), if deemed appropriate by the University, may be appointed as Chair Professor/Professor.

Job Functions 

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

(a)    provide effective leadership in the development of long-term strategies and plans of the Division, in alignment with the University’s Strategic Plan, and provide leadership, coaching and support to all staff members in the Division in pursuit of planned objectives of a high standard in a cost-effective manner;

(b)    ensure a high-quality of teaching as well as holistic development of students, and align the Division’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 cross-disciplinary / departmental research with optimal use of research funds;

(d)    develop 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;

(e)    ensure effective internal communication that leads to transparent decision-making, and promote the Division’s education and other services to target customers, community leaders, and stakeholders;

(f)    ensure optimal deployment of human, financial and other resources in the Division;

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

(h)    undertake other responsibilities and tasks as may be assigned by the Dean of Faculty or the President’s designate from time to time.


Applicants should have:

(a)    academic qualifications at the doctoral level in Aeronautical / Aviation / Mechanical Engineering or a closely related field, and evidence of eminent scholarship and substantial relevant experience in a senior academic position;

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

(c)    a global perspective, proven qualities of academic leadership, and substantial administration / management experience;

(d)    an international reputation in research and scholarship in a relevant discipline;

(e)    a strong record in attracting research funding;

(f)    a strong international (and good potential to develop local) network of partnerships and linkages with the community and professional and public sectors;

(g)    a demonstrated commitment to excellence in teaching;

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

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

Experience in fund-raising will be an additional advantage.

Remuneration and 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


Applicants are invited to send a detailed curriculum vitae with the names and addresses of three referees and direct any enquiries to the Chairman of the Search Committee for recruitment of Head of Interdisciplinary Division of Aeronautical and Aviation Engineering, Human Resources Office, 13/F, Li Ka Shing Tower, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hung Hom, Kowloon, Hong Kong or via email to, quoting the position being applied for and the reference number.  Recruitment will continue until the position is filled.  Candidature may be obtained by nominations.  The University reserves the right to make an appointment by invitation or not to fill the position.  General information about the University is available at or from the Human Resources Office [Tel: (852) 2766 6562].  The University’s Personal Information Collection Statement for
recruitment can be found at

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