Assistant Professor in Communication Design

Hong Kong (HK)
02 May 2018
End of advertisement period
31 Dec 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

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.


Assistant Professor in Communication Design (Ref. 18043007)

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 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 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 Communication Design discipline at the School takes a human-centered approach in expanding the scope of traditional ‘graphic design’.  Students develop their design knowledge and imagination, and learn how to strategize and shape communication experiences using a variety of media, with emphasis on creating identities, informational artifacts and systems, as well as user experiences.

The School of Design is looking for a candidate who is willing to work in the environment that builds on the School’s legacy of human-centered design, as well as with a strong background in graphic/communication design. 

More specifically, the School is looking for a candidate who can demonstrate teaching and research proficiency in at least two of the following areas: (a) book and publication design; (b) graphic design and poster design; (c) typography; and (d) visual idea development and conceptualization process.


The appointee will be required to: 

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

(b)    teach at undergraduate and/or postgraduate levels in the Communication Design discipline;

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

(d)    work with the industry and initiate funded research projects; 

(e)    demonstrate research expertise and engage in scholarly activities to advance knowledge of the field of Communication Design; 

(f)    provide leadership in all aspects of academic activities, including research, teaching and service in the discipline; and

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


Applicants should have:

(a)    a PhD degree in a specialized area of Communication Design or a related discipline plus at least six years of relevant professional and academic experience; 

(b)    extensive knowledge of graphic design and expertise in using graphic design techniques in media design; 

(c)    experience in communication design research and research methodologies;

(d)    an excellent record of professional and scholarly achievements, including a record of academic publications and good reputation in the industry;

(e)    experience in human-centered approach to communication design, with a high level of contextual awareness and a vision for the future development of the profession; and

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

Applicants with significant knowledge of typography and/or publication design are strongly preferred.

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) ten to fifteen samples of personal work (including academic publications), with a brief description of the work and involvement; and (e) 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.  The closing date for application is Monday, 31 December 2018.  Applicants who are not invited to an interview within two months from the closing date should consider their applications unsuccessful.  The University’s Personal Information Collection Statement for recruitment can be found at  

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