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Head of Department of Applied Biology and Chemical Technology

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University - Human Resources Office
Hong Kong Island (HK)
Terms of appointment and remuneration package are negotiable and highly competitive.
Closing date
Dec 7, 2021
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Head of Department of Applied Biology and Chemical Technology (Ref. 21100704)

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 5,300 including 1,200 academic staff.  The total annual consolidated expenditure budget of the University is in excess of HK$7.6 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

The Department of Applied Biology and Chemical Technology is a multi-disciplinary department under the Faculty of Applied Science and Textiles.  With diversified specialties in chemistry, biology, biochemistry, biotechnology and food science, the Department focuses on delivering high-quality education and promotes interdisciplinary research with positive societal impacts.  The Department’s major areas of research include but not limited to Drug Discovery and Cancer Research; Medicinal Chemistry and Chemical Biology; Food Safety and Technology; and Materials and Sustainable Chemistry.  There are about 53 faculty members in the Department.  Please visit the website at for more information about the Department.

PolyU is now inviting applications and nominations for the post of Head of Department of Applied Biology and Chemical Technology.  The successful candidate will be appointed as Chair Professor/Professor normally on regular terms of appointment, commensurate with his/her qualifications and experience, and hold a concurrent headship appointment.  The headship appointment is normally for an aggregate period of six years in two three-year terms of office.  Other suitable candidate(s), if deemed appropriate by the University, may be appointed as Chair Professor/Professor. 

Job Functions

The position calls for a visionary academic leader with responsibilities of ensuring the successful operation and sustainable development of the Department.  Reporting directly to the Dean of Faculty, the appointee will be required to:

(a) provide effective leadership in the development of long-term strategies and plans of the Department in alignment with the University’s Strategic Plan, and coach and empower subordinates to accomplish planned objectives with world-class standards in an effective and efficient manner;

(b) ensure high-quality teaching as well as holistic development of students, and align the Department’s programmes with the needs of the community; 

(c) facilitate the conduct of innovative and original research of high quality and impact, and promote and develop genuine cross-disciplinary/departmental research with optimal use of research funds;

(d) provide leadership in technology development, commercialisation and entrepreneurship initiatives to extend the impact of research outcomes of the University to the community;

(e) provide leadership in developing a strong network of partnership with leading institutions for opportunities and collaboration in education, research and knowledge transfer activities;

(f) enhance the local and international networks of partnerships and linkages with the community, particularly the professional, public and business sectors, so as to gain their support for the major strategic initiatives of the University;

(g) ensure effective internal communication that leads to transparent decision-making process and promote the Department’s strengths and other services to all relevant stakeholders;

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

(i) implement an effective mechanism to acquire donations and other forms of sponsorship to support the University’s pursuits and long-term development; and

(j) undertake other duties as assigned by the Dean of Faculty or the Central Management Team of the University from time to time.


Applicants should have:

(a) academic qualifications at doctoral level in a relevant academic discipline, evidence of eminent scholarship, substantial relevant experience in a senior academic position, and relevant professional qualifications where appropriate;

(b) attainment of an academic rank of full professor or above at an internationally recognised university;

(c) a distinguished international reputation in research and scholarship, and demonstrated international leadership in any one or more of the specialised areas, namely (i) Chemistry; (ii) Biology; (iii) Biochemistry; (iv) Biotechnology; and (v) Food Science and Nutrition;

(d) a strong record in attracting competitive research funding;

(e) a demonstrated commitment to excellence in teaching;

(f) a global perspective, proven qualities of academic leadership, substantial administration/management experience as well as the demonstrated ability to engage and build up a strong team of faculty members with different research and cultural backgrounds;

(g) effective interpersonal communication and resources management skills, and excellent capacity to manage changes and challenges;

(h) good knowledge of the higher educational environment in the local and global context; and

(i) high standard of personal integrity.

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, nominate three referees from different institutions by providing their names, addresses and relationship with the applicants, and direct any enquiries to the Chairman of the Search Committee for recruitment of Head of Department of Applied Biology and Chemical Technology, Human Resources Office, 13/F, Li Ka Shing Tower, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hung Hom, Kowloon, Hong Kong via email to, quoting the position being applied for and the reference number.  Consideration of applications will commence in early December 2021 until the position is filled.  Candidature may be obtained by nominations.  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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