Assistant Professor in Product Design

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



Assistant Professor in Product Design

(Ref. 17042713) 

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 appointee will be required to:  

(a)    contribute to programme/course planning and teaching at all levels; 

(b)    engage actively in research and scholarly activities serving the regional and international industry with significance and relevance to the discipline and profession; 

(c)    act as student advisor and supervisor to groups as well as individual students; 

(d) undertake administrative duties in relation to academic and departmental affairs; and 

(e) 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 industry experience in designing and commercializing consumer products; 

(b) expertise in design methodologies, materials and fabrication processes, and digital design technologies; 

(c) demonstrated competence and experience in teaching at least three of following subject areas with preferred priority: (i) design making/maker, (ii) user experience/user-centered design, (iii) product-service system design, (iv) sustainable product design/circular design, (v) Internet-of-Things, (vi) cultural and lifestyle design research, and (vii) product aesthetics and semantics theory; 

(d)    extensive knowledge and awareness of the latest trend and development of his/her areas of expertise as mentioned above; 

(e) an excellent command of English; 
(f) the qualities of creativity, aesthetic/design sense, initiative and leadership as reflected in a portfolio; and 

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

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 appointment will be on a fixed-term gratuity-bearing contract. Re-engagement thereafter is subject to mutual agreement. 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 position is filled.  The University’s Personal Information Collection Statement for recruitment can be found at

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