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Head of the Thrust of Robotics and Autonomous Systems

Hong Kong University of Science and Technology -Guangzhou
Guangzhou, Guangdong (CN)
Salary for all positions is highly competitive at an international standard.
Closing date
Jul 18, 2024

Job Details

In June 2022, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (Guangzhou) (HKUST(GZ)) was founded as a higher education institution governed jointly by the Chinese Mainland and Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. The university is in the heart of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau Greater Bay Area, a highly active and vibrant region worldwide. The State Council of the People's Republic of China has issued the "Overall Plan of Nansha of Guangzhou for Deepening the Comprehensive Global Cooperation among Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macao," which has aided in establishing and growing the university.

HKUST(GZ) aims to craft an innovative approach to cross-disciplinary education and research and to meet the needs of an ever-evolving world. To address the increasingly complex challenges in this rapidly changing world, HKUST(GZ) has adopted a unique academic structure that features "Hubs" and "Thrusts" instead of "Schools" and "Departments". This approach facilitates cross-disciplinary innovation and extends the knowledge frontiers across disciplines. Teaching and research at HKUST(GZ) occur in an outstanding intellectual environment rich in technical resources. English is the medium of instruction.


Robotics and Autonomous Systems (ROAS) is an emerging interdisciplinary area that studies the integrative system that deals with the design, construction, operations, and control elements for sensing, feedback, and data processing. It also aims to perform intended tasks with a high degree of autonomy.


Applications/nominations for the Head of the Thrust of Robotics and Autonomous Systems position are invited from well-qualified and accomplished scholars. In addition to reputable academic qualifications and extensive teaching and research experience, the successful candidate must have demonstrated capability to provide strong leadership at the tertiary level.


Major Responsibilities

Reporting to the Dean of Systems Hub, the Head of ROAS is an executive assuming overall responsibility for the academic, student, human resources and financial matters of the Thrust of ROAS, which include but not limited the following responsibilities:

1. Oversee the academic curriculum and ensure it is relevant and up-to-date with current trends and practices in Robotics and Autonomous Systems.

2. Provide leadership and support for developing new academic programs and initiatives.

3. Develop and implement strategies to attract and retain high-quality faculty members.

4. Facilitate cross-disciplinary collaborations among faculty, staff, and students of other academic units to enhance academic excellence and innovation.

5. Develop and foster partnerships with other academic institutions, government agencies, and industries to promote collaboration in the community.

6. Engage in professional development activities to stay current with emerging trends and best practices.

7. Ensure compliance with the University’s policies, regulations, and accreditation standards.

8. Develop and manage the budget and resources for academic affairs under the Thrust.


Qualification of Candidates

  • A Ph.D. preferably in Robotics, Autonomous Systems, or a related field.
  • A strong track record of research and publication in robotics, autonomous systems, and its application.
  • A proven track record of successful leadership and good administrative capabilities in an academic or research setting.
  • Strong and visionary leadership skills to work collaboratively with faculty and staff and inspire and motivate others to achieve shared goals.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills and a high proficiency in spoken and written English.


Remuneration and Conditions of Service

The post of Head is a full-time appointment, normally for an initial term of 3 years, and renewable subject to mutual agreement. Competitive remuneration of international standard and generous fringe benefits such as medical benefits will be provided.


Application Procedure

Please submit the application via the HKUST(GZ) Recruitment System. You should first sign up to create your personal account. For more information on HKUST(GZ), you may visit the university website.

Applicants should include a Resume in their applications and could check their application status via the recruitment website. We thank applicants for their interest but advise that only shortlisted candidates will be notified of the result of the application. In exceptional circumstances, for example, an unsuccessful application, please contact the Office of Systems Hub at


(Information provided by applicants will be used for recruitment and other employment-related purposes only)

HKUST (GZ) is an equal opportunities employer and is committed to our core values of inclusiveness, diversity, and respect.




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