Tenure-Track Professor in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Education

The University of Hong Kong
Hong Kong (HK)
March 08 2018
Other, Education
Organization Type

The University of Hong Kong

Founded in 1911, the University of Hong Kong is committed to the highest international standards of excellence in teaching and research, and has been at the international forefront of academic scholarship for many years. The University has a comprehensive range of study programmes and research disciplines spread across 10 faculties and over 140 academic departments and institutes/centres. There are over 28,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students who are recruited globally, and more than 2,000 members of academic and academic-related staff coming from multi-cultural backgrounds, many of whom are internationally renowned.

Tenure-Track Professor in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Education (Ref.: 201800276)

Applications are invited for a joint appointment as tenure-track Professor in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Education in the Faculty of Education and the Faculty of Science, to commence on September 1, 2018 or as soon as possible thereafter, on a three-year fixed-term basis, with the possibility of renewal and with consideration for tenure before the expiry of a second three-year fixed-term contract.

Building on the cross-faculty double-degree partnership, the Faculties of Education and Science are making a joint Professor appointment in STEM Education. The appointee’s tenure home would be in the Faculty of Education. The Faculty of Education ranks number 4 among the top Education faculties worldwide by the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings for Education 2018.  Information about the Faculty can be obtained at http://www.hku.hk/education/.The position aims to research and enhance the teaching of STEM in the university setting, and aligns with the promotion of STEM education, as prioritized by the Chief Executive in the 2015 Policy Address. Women in STEM education would be a potential sub-theme within this initiative.  

Applicants should have a first degree in one of the core sciences (Physics, Chemistry, Biology or STEM related subjects), and a Ph.D. degree in Science Education, Science or STEM Education related areas. Essential to the position is demonstrated experience in and understanding of the interdisciplinary nature of STEM, and the intersection of Education with STEM and/or Science. They should possess strong credentials, outstanding academic leadership capabilities, extensive experience in conducting externally funded and rigorous field-based research related to STEM Education.  Applicants should also have demonstrated interest and expertise in informal learning, and a strong commitment to Knowledge Exchange/community engagement.

The appointee will be expected to work with colleagues in both faculties (and the Centre for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning) to develop a school/community engagement agenda, aimed at promoting careers in STEM/Science Education, and at popularizing science among the wider community.  The appointee will (i) teach in the Bachelor of Education & Bachelor of Science (BEd&BSci) double degree programme (contributing in both faculties) as well as postgraduate programmes; (ii) work with Education/Science colleagues to develop Common Core Courses and an interdisciplinary Minor; (iii) engage in cross-faculty research; (vi) supervise student projects and theses; and (v) take up administrative responsibilities as required.  Both Faculties are committed to gender equality and positively welcome applications from women as well as men.

Applicants who have responded to the previous advertisement (Ref.: 201701449) need not re-apply.

A globally competitive remuneration package commensurate with the appointee’s qualifications and experience will be offered, as well as annual leave and medical benefits.  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, totalling up to 15% of basic salary.  Housing benefits will be provided as applicable.

Applicants should send a completed application form and an up-to-date C.V. to the Faculty at edufacb@hku.hk.  Application forms (341/1111) can be downloaded at http://www.hr.hku.hk/apptunit/form-ext.doc. Further particulars can be obtained at http://jobs.hku.hk.  Shortlisted candidates may be invited to attend an interview. Closes April 9, 2018.

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

The University is an equal opportunities employer and is committed to equality, ethics, inclusivity, diversity and transparency; and is committed to a Non-smoking Policy


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