Assistant Professor, Science Unit

Lingnan University

Hong Kong, Hong Kong (SAR)

Job posting number: #7127689

Posted: March 10, 2023

Application Deadline: March 31, 2023

Job Description

Lingnan University, a distinctive liberal arts institution in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, is committed to the provision of quality whole-person education by combining the best of Chinese and Western liberal arts traditions. It strives to pursue excellence in teaching, learning, scholarship and community engagement. With three academic Faculties and the School of Interdisciplinary Studies, it offers a wide range of undergraduate degree programmes in the areas of Arts, Business and Social Sciences, and the broad curriculum covers an array of general education, interdisciplinary and science courses. The School of Graduate Studies offers research and taught postgraduate programmes up to doctoral level in various disciplines, and provides professional education for the wider society. Lingnan’s liberal arts education is characterised by a broad-based interdisciplinary curriculum with specialised disciplinary studies; close student-staff relationship; a vibrant residential campus; ample global learning opportunities; active community engagement and multifarious workplace experience. Applications are now invited for the following post:

Assistant Professor
Science Unit
(Post Ref.: 23/81/SJ)

In August 2015, the University created a Science Unit ( to strengthen teaching, research, and service efforts in the area. We are looking for a productive, high-calibre scholar to broaden the scope and expertise of the Science Unit at the Assistant Professor level. An ideal candidate has experience demonstrating excellence in research and teaching in a liberal arts setting. The candidate should have interdisciplinary research interests that foster collaborations within the Science Unit and across campus, and be able to perform high-quality research in the absence of major laboratory equipment and resources. We are open to applicants from any science discipline that can foster links between the Science Unit and other departments on campus. We are looking for a colleague who relishes the challenge of joining a growing unit in a unique academic environment, so we will consider candidates from all fields of natural sciences.

The appointee will join the Science Unit ( in the School of Interdisciplinary Studies and will be expected to: (a) build on the existing strengthens (Conservation Biology, Aquatic and Terrestrial Ecology), as while diversifying research and teaching foci, taxonomic coverage, and research techniques of the unit; (b) develop courses at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels using pedagogies appropriate for liberal arts education; (c) enhance links and collaborations with other universities, NGOs, and industries in Hong Kong and abroad; (d) contribute to the public outreach and knowledge transfer efforts of the Science Unit; (e) contribute to the university’s efforts to ensure whole-person development of students of Lingnan University; and (f) undertake other duties as assigned by the University.

General Requirements
Candidates should have (i) a PhD in a relevant natural science discipline, (ii) a strong publication record in peer-reviewed journals of good international standing, (iii) a track record in competitive grant applications in the relevant areas, (iv) the ability to contribute to the Science Unit’s teaching, outreach, and knowledge-transfer efforts, and (v) excellent interpersonal and communication skills for developing meaningful collaborations with students and colleagues in a liberal arts setting.

Lingnan University is fully committed to the pursuit of excellence in both research and teaching so appointee should demonstrate commitment to both research and teaching excellence. Strong competitive research grant records and international research collaboration are preferred. Short-listed candidates will be requested to provide a sample course syllabus in the relevant field before the interview.

The conditions of appointment will be competitive. Remuneration will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. Fringe benefits include annual leave, medical and dental benefits, mandatory provident fund, gratuity and incoming passage and baggage allowance for the eligible appointee.

Appointment will normally be made on an initial contract of three years, which, subject to review and mutual agreement, may normally lead to longer-term appointment with possibility of consideration for substantiation.

Application Procedure
Please click "Apply Now" to submit your application. Applicants shall provide names and contact information of at least three referees to whom applicants’ consent has been given for their providing references. Personal data collected will be used for recruitment purposes only.

We are an equal opportunities employer. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until 31 March 2023. Qualified candidates are advised to submit their applications early for consideration.

The University reserves the right not to make an appointment for the post advertised, or to fill the post by invitation or by search. We regret that only shortlisted candidates will be notified.

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