Professor / Associate Professor / Assistant Professor in Design

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



Professor / Associate Professor / Assistant Professor in Design (three posts)

(Ref. 17042712) 

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.

The School of Design, as a leading and transdisciplinary design school, is at the forefront of nurturing responsible, open-minded, creative talents and active learners; contributing to innovation in Hong Kong and the Chinese Mainland while maintaining a global perspective. As one of the top design schools in the world, its highly diverse design expertise and academic programmes include: Advertising Design, Communication Design, Design Strategies, Digital and Interactive Media Design, Environment and Interior Design, Interaction Design, International Design and Business Management, Product Design, Urban Environments Design; and its recently launched programme in Social Design. Its research and consultancy work are of an applied nature relevant to industrial, commercial and community needs. The School has its base in a new building well-equipped for innovative research and creative learning on the university campus. Please visit the website at for more information about the School. 

The Design discipline at the School takes a sustainable and humanistic approach which also aims to expand the scope of traditional design. The three conceptual pillars constitute: a) Design Social - collaborative design with communities to improve living conditions through critical, systems and participatory approaches; b) Design Economies - entrepreneurial design that enhances service innovation and value creation in the private sector; and c) Design Making - user-centered and hands-on design investigations in labs, and with communities in the practices of making (such as the “makers movement”) via technological, organizational as well as sociological means. They are identified as the three flagship themes to consolidate the research focus and pedagogy in the School. 

The School is looking for candidates who are willing to work in a transdisciplinary design environment that builds on the School’s direction of the afore-mentioned areas. More specifically, the School is looking for candidates with experience in teaching at least two of the above programmes, plus a strong track record in design research cum publication. 


The appointees will be required to:

(a) combine knowledge of design theory, methods and research techniques with exceptional form-giving skills; 

(b) provide leadership in all aspects of academic activities, including research, teaching and service among the design disciplines; 

(c) teach at undergraduate and/or postgraduate levels in a mix of design disciplines; 

(d) act as student advisor and supervisor to groups as well as individual students including research students; 

(e) secure competitive research grants and conduct research that leads to publications in refereed journals, or a body of design work; which leads to outputs contributing to the knowledge and teaching of the design disciplines; 

(f) work with industry, non-profit and public sector to initiate funded research projects; 

(g) activate inter-departmental and inter-institutional collaboration and networking; and 

(h) perform any other duties as assigned by the Dean of School or his delegates. 

Applicants should have: 

(a) a relevant PhD degree or a relevant master’s degree plus at least five years of relevant professional industry experience and/or academic experience in a specialised area of Design and/or a related discipline; 

(b) extensive knowledge and expertise in an area of design including techniques;

(c) extensive knowledge and track record in design research and research methodologies; 

(d) a high level of contextual and cultural awareness, and a vision for the future development of the profession; and 

(e) a strong commitment to excellence in teaching, research and professional service. 

Applicants for appointment at Assistant Professor level should normally have evidence-based research experience (as supported by evidence of research projects and outputs). 

Applicants for appointment at Professor and Associate Professor levels should have substantial years of relevant post-qualification experience and an excellent record of relevant academic and/or professional achievements. Candidates with less experience will be considered for appointment at a lower level. 

The job duty requirements and expectation will be in line with the appointed grade. 

Applicant should submit (a) a letter of application together with completed application form; (b) curriculum vitae; (c) statement of research and statement of teaching philosophy; (d) three key publications; (e) a design and/or teaching portfolio including copies of ten to fifteen samples of personal work, with a brief description of the work and involvement; and (f) samples of student work. 

Remuneration and Conditions of Service 

A highly competitive remuneration package will be offered.  Initial appointments 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 and Professor levels. For general information on terms and conditions for appointment of academic staff in the University, please visit the website at Applicants should state their current and expected salary in the application.


Please send a completed application form to Human Resources Office, 13/F, Li Ka Shing Tower, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hung Hom, Kowloon, Hong Kong or via email to Application forms can be obtained via the above channels or downloaded from If a separate curriculum vitae is to be provided, please still complete the application form which will help speed up the recruitment process.  Recruitment will continue until the positions are filled.  The University’s Personal Information Collection Statement for recruitment can be found at

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