Director of, and Tenure-track Professor in, the School of Biomedical Sciences

The University of Hong Kong
Hong Kong (HK)
August 30 2019
Other, Education
Organization Type

The University of Hong Kong

Founded in 1911, The University of Hong Kong (HKU) 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 around 29,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students who are recruited globally, and more than 2,500 members of academic and academic-related staff coming from multi-cultural backgrounds, many of whom are internationally renowned.

The HKU Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine is the oldest higher education institution in Hong Kong. Founded as the Hong Kong College of Medicine for Chinese by the London Missionary Society in 1887, it was deemed the premier Faculty when HKU was established in 1911, and it has been a leader in medicine and healthcare in Hong Kong for over 130 years. Through its teaching and research, the Faculty has supplied Hong Kong with professionally-trained medical and health staff and administrators; undertaken groundbreaking research; and provided strong leadership in establishing and maintaining world-class healthcare in Hong Kong.

At present, Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine is home to approximately 2,900 undergraduate students and 1,500 postgraduate students. The Faculty comprises 14 departments, 4 schools (School of Biomedical Sciences, School of Chinese Medicine, School of Nursing, School of Public Health), and a number of research centres, with over 400 full-time academic and academic-related staff and 800 research and research-related support personnel.

Applications are invited for appointment as Director of, and Tenure-track Professor in, the School of Biomedical Sciences (Ref.: 497284), to commence as soon as possible, 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, subject to satisfactory performance.  Direct tenure may be offered to exceptionally strong candidate.

Applicants should have: (i) a Ph.D. or equivalent in a relevant discipline; (ii) distinguished academic credentials and internationally acclaimed research and scholarly achievements in biomedical sciences; (iii) strong commitment to, and evidence of, excellence in teaching and learning; (iv) demonstrated administrative leadership and team building capacity at an appropriate level in a university setting; (v) demonstrated success in fostering interdisciplinary research; and (vi) evidence of extensive leadership roles for international academic professional associations and/or academic journals.

The appointee is expected to play a key role in leading the School of Biomedical Sciences in achieving the highest standard of quality in all aspects of its teaching and learning, research and scholarship; fostering academic collaboration within and outside the Faculty/University; and pursuing new strategic directions for further development of the School.  Information about the School can be obtained at   

A highly competitive salary commensurate with qualifications and experience will be offered, in addition to 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 also be provided as applicable.

This recruitment is supported by the executive search firm, Perrett Laver. Enquiries or applications (a cover letter with an up-to-date C.V.) should be directed to Mr. Felix Chan at or +852 3702 6493.  Review of applications will start as soon as possible and will continue until October 18, 2019.

The University is an equal opportunities employer and is committed to equality, ethics, inclusivity, diversity and transparency


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