Dean of Faculty of Applied Science and Textiles

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Hong Kong (HK)
Terms of appointment and remuneration package are negotiable and highly competitive.
January 26 2021
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type
Job Type


The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) 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 staff strength of around 5,200 including 1,200 academic staff.  The total annual consolidated expenditure budget of the University is in excess of HK$7.4 billion.  Committed to academic excellence, PolyU aspires to become a leading university that excels in professional education, world-class research and partnership for the betterment of Hong Kong, the nation and the world.  For further details about the University, please visit PolyU’s website at


Dean of Faculty of Applied Science and Textiles (Ref. 21012601)

The Faculty of Applied Science and Textiles, comprising four constituent Departments: Department of Applied Biology and Chemical Technology, Department of Applied Mathematics, Department of Applied Physics, and Institute of Textiles and Clothing, is the home for 120 academic staff members at Assistant Professor and above levels.  The Faculty offers a vibrant and dynamic teaching and learning environment, with emphasis on not only knowledge and technological know-how in specialist areas, but also on generic attributes such as independent thinking, analytical mindset and ethical perspective.  The Faculty’s world-class research programmes are supported by well-equipped laboratories and research grants from a variety of sources.  The Faculty’s reputation for research of exceptional quality is proven by international recognitions/awards, and its many innovations are making positive societal impact.  Please visit the website at for more information about the Faculty’s academic programmes, research centres and recent achievements.

The University is now inviting applications and nominations for the post of Dean of Faculty of Applied Science and Textiles.  The successful candidate should be qualified for appointment as Chair Professor normally on regular terms in one of the four constituent Departments of the Faculty, and will hold the Deanship on a concurrent basis.  The Deanship appointment is normally for an aggregate period of six years in two three-year terms of office.  Other suitable applicant(s) for the position, if deemed appropriate by the University, may be appointed as Chair Professor.  

Job Functions

The position calls for a visionary leader and distinguished scholar with responsibilities of ensuring the successful operations and sustainable development of the Faculty and its constituent Departments for world-class educational, research and knowledge transfer pursuits.  Reporting directly to the Deputy President and Provost, the appointee will be expected to assume the following responsibilities:

(a)    serve as an effective leader in the development and implementation of long-term strategies and plans of the Faculty in alignment with the University’s Vision, Mission and Strategic Plan;

(b)    inspire and ensure high-quality teaching, support the all-round development of students, promote and support interdisciplinary initiatives in education, and align the Faculty’s programmes to the needs of the community;  

(c)    provide leadership to enable high impact research in selected focus areas to achieve world-leading excellence and address major societal challenges; promote and support interdisciplinary initiatives in research and knowledge transfer;

(d)    foster strong local and international network of partnerships with leading institutions and the community for strategic collaborations; and stimulate a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship to support various activities;

(e)    represent the University in high-level community/public service, and organize community service activities of significant value with the involvement of staff, students, alumni and friends of the Faculty;

(f)    actively cultivate and strengthen alumni network, and implement an effective mechanism to acquire donations/sponsorship to support the University’s pursuits and long-term development;

(g)    ensure effective communication that leads to transparent decision-making and promote the Faculty’s education and other services to target customers, community leaders and relevant stakeholders;

(h)    ensure optimal deployment of human, financial and other resources in the Faculty;

(i)    proactively implement measures in anticipating and mitigating risks to protect the University’s reputation; and take ownership and leadership in managing and resolving crisis; and

(j)    undertake other responsibilities as may be assigned by the Deputy President and Provost or the President or his designate from time to time.


Applicants should have:

(a)    outstanding academic qualifications at Chair Professor level in related disciplines with evidence of eminent scholarship;

(b)    a distinguished reputation as a world-leading researcher, and a strong track record of performance in teaching, professional services and successful leadership and management at a senior level;

(c)    the ability to promote collaboration across Faculties and Departments so as to build a forward-looking community in support of the future development of the University;

(d)    effective communication, interpersonal and resources management skills and excellent capacity to embrace challenges and drive constructive changes; and

(e)    substantial knowledge of the higher education environment in the local, regional and/or global contexts.

Experience in fund-raising will be an additional advantage.

Remuneration and Conditions of Service

Terms of appointment and remuneration package are negotiable and highly competitive. For general information on terms and conditions for appointment of academic staff in the University, please visit the website at

Application and Nomination

Applicants are invited to send a detailed curriculum vitae by post with the names and addresses of three referees, and direct any enquiries to the Chairman of the Search Committee for recruitment of Dean of Faculty of Applied Science and Textiles, Human Resources Office, 13/F, Li Ka Shing Tower, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hung Hom, Kowloon, Hong Kong or via email to, quoting the position being applied for and the reference number.  Candidature may be obtained by nominations.  Consideration of applications and nominations will commence on 24 February 2021 until the position is filled.  General information about the University is available at or from the Human Resources Office [Tel: (852) 2766 5290].  The University’s Personal Information Collection Statement for recruitment can be found at

PolyU is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and inclusivity.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to gender, ethnicity, nationality, family status or physical or mental disabilities.


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