Biotechnology Director

Hong Kong (HK)
June 30 2021
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type


Biotechnology Director

(Salary: HK$179,350 - HK$196,050 per month)

Entry Requirements:

Candidates are required to have:

(a)    a PhD Degree in the field of life science or biotechnology;

(b)    a minimum of 10 years’ relevant post-qualification experience at a senior management level in a scientific or corporate setting;

(c)    strong research or technical background in biotechnology and related areas (preferably enjoy recognised international standing in his/her own specialist field); good scientific and/or business networks; competency in research and development and/or business and product development; and understanding of current trends in technology and market (familiarity with the development and commercial application of biotechnology in the Mainland will be an advantage); and

(d)    strong command of both written and spoken English.  Preference will be given to candidates who are also proficient in Putonghua and Cantonese.


Biotechnology Director is a non-civil service position responsible for providing expert technology-related advice in biotechnology and related fields to the Commissioner for Innovation and Technology.  He/She is required to lead a team of professional staff to provide assistance to the Innovation and Technology Commission (the Commission) in developing solicitation themes, undertaking project assessment, monitoring progress and evaluating the programmes in related fields under the Innovation and Technology Fund and other funding schemes administered by the Commission.  He/She is also expected to maintain contacts with academia, research institutes, industries and other relevant bodies, liaising and supporting the activities of other government departments/organizations in the biotechnology field, and undertaking ad hoc activities related to the Commission’s operation and strategic development in this aspect.

Terms of Appointment: The successful candidate will be appointed on non-civil service agreement terms for three years.

Fringe Benefits:

(a)    An end-of-contract gratuity may be granted upon satisfactory completion of the contract.  The amount of gratuity payable will be the sum, which, when added together with the Government’s contribution to the Mandatory Provident Fund scheme, equals 25% of the total basic salary drawn during the contract period; and

(b)    vacation leave with leave passage allowance, housing benefits in the form of non-accountable cash allowance and other benefits subject to the meeting of the eligibility criteria as stipulated in the regulations relating to the provision of such benefits.

How to Apply:

Candidates should apply in writing with a completed application form [G.F.340 (Rev.3/2013)], obtainable from any Home Affairs Enquiry Centres of District Offices, Home Affairs Department or any Job Centres of the Employment Services Division, Labour Department, or by downloading from the Civil Service Bureau’s website (, and a full curriculum vitae giving a detailed account of employment records with description of duties and past experience in research/project administration/product development in related fields.  Copies of academic qualification certificates and record of previous employment should also be provided.  Applications should reach the following mailing or email address on or before the closing date for application (according to postmark).  Candidates who are selected for interview will normally receive an invitation for interview in about six to eight weeks after the closing date for application.  Those who are not invited for interview may assume that their applications are unsuccessful.  Interviews are tentatively scheduled to be conducted in Hong Kong in August/September 2021 (subject to change at the discretion of the Government without prior notification to applicants).  Applicants should make themselves available for the interview during that period.

Contact Address and Enquiry Telephone: Odgers Berndtson (Hong Kong) Limited. Suite 1602 Wheelock House, 20 Pedder Street, Central, Hong Kong.  For enquiries, please call Mr. Colin Wong at (852) 2215 8618 or send email to

Closing Date for Application: 16 July 2021

General Notes:

(a)    As an Equal Opportunities Employer, the Government is committed to eliminating discrimination in employment.  The vacancy advertised is open to all applicants meeting the basic entry requirement irrespective of their disability, sex, marital status, pregnancy, age, family status, sexual orientation and race.
(b)    Non-civil service vacancies are not posts on the civil service establishment.  Candidates appointed are not on civil service terms of appointment and conditions of service.  Candidates appointed are not civil servants and will not be eligible for posting, promotion or transfer to any posts in the civil service.
(c)    Persons who are not permanent residents of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region may also apply for the post but will be appointed only when no suitable and qualified candidates who are permanent residents are available.
(d)    Where a large number of candidates meet the specified entry requirements, shortlisting criteria may be devised to select the better qualified candidates for further processing.  In these circumstances, only shortlisted candidates will be invited to attend the interview.
(e)    It is Government policy to place people with a disability in appropriate jobs wherever possible.  If a disabled candidate meets the entry requirements, he/she will be invited to attend the selection interview without being subject to any further shortlisting criteria.  Applicants who have declared disabilities found suitable for appointment may be given an appropriate degree of preference over other applicants whose suitability for appointment is considered comparable to that of the former. The Government policy and other related measures on employment of persons with disabilities are set out in the booklet “Employ People Based on Their Abilities - Application for Government Jobs by Persons with Disabilities” which is available for reference on the Civil Service Bureau’s website at under “Administration of the Civil Service - Appointments”.
(f)    The entry pay, terms of appointment and conditions of service to be offered are subject to the provisions prevailing at the time the offer of appointment is made.
(g)    Holders of academic qualifications other than those obtained from Hong Kong institutions/Hong Kong Examinations and Assessment Authority may also apply but their qualifications will be subject to assessments on equivalence with the required entry qualifications.  They should submit copies of their official transcripts and certificates by post or email to the above contact address.
(h)    Non-civil service vacancy information contained in this advertisement is also available on the GovHK on the Internet at and ITC’s website at