Appointment of Research Cluster Leaders

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University of Hong Kong

Hong Kong

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Role Managed by:

Kieran Pollentine

Research Associate

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Primary Practice Group: Higher Education and Research

Salary & Benefits: A globally competitive remuneration package commensurate with the appointee's qualifications and experience will be offered.

Closing Date: 05/11/2018

The University of Hong Kong Faculty of Social Sciences seeks to appoint three Research Cluster Leaders to build internationally-leading programmes in three research areas: Cities 2050, Contemporary China, and Mental Wellness.

The University of Hong Kong Faculty of Social Sciences

The University of Hong Kong (HKU) is a leading international institution of higher learning in Asia. Consistently ranked in the top 30 universities in the world, the University strives to attract and nurture outstanding scholars from around the world through excellence and innovation in teaching and learning, research and knowledge exchange. The University has 10 faculties and over 140 academic departments and institutes/centres, with 28,000 students, and more than 2,000 members of academic staff coming from multi-cultural backgrounds, many of whom are internationally renowned.

Ranked 2nd in Asia, the HKU Faculty of Social Sciences is made up of six Departments and six multidisciplinary Research Centres that provide a platform for research collaboration among colleagues on campus and around the world. The three research clusters prioritized under the new Faculty Research Strategy represent areas of existing strength, and the Faculty is investing further resources in these areas to elevate the scale and impact of research.

The three research clusters are:

Cities 2050: Urbanisation, sustainability, mobility and governance. As the age of Mega-City unfolds in Asia, the Faculty sees a huge opportunity to be a world-leading centre of research on where cities are going in the next 35 years and beyond.
Contemporary China: Social, political and spatial transformation. The emergence and continuing transformation of China’s economy and society have posed new challenges to academics and the Faculty of Social Sciences is perfectly positioned to play a leading role in this area, with a long history of engagement on these issues.
Mental Wellness: From brain to society. As many challenges in physical wellness have been overcome, attention is shifting to mental wellness as a major global public health issue. We stand ready to provide leadership on this issue from an Asian perspective, with distinct but overlapping areas of inquiry, including Cognitive/Affective/Social Neuroscience; Social/Health Psychology; Development/Educational Psychology; Gerontology; Population health approaches and Behavioural health.

Position Description

The successful candidate will have a track record of high impact publications and a sustained record of success at gaining large-scale competitive research funding. Experience in raising philanthropic funds will be an advantage, as will a track-record of creating real-world impact through their research agenda.

In this position, the Faculty seeks someone who is interested in developing large-scale research initiatives through collaboration with colleagues inside the Faculty of Social Sciences and beyond. The appointee will help us identify opportunities to build research teams through the investment of resources, and then will help those teams reach their ambitions. The Research Cluster Leaders will be given authority to lead research strategy within their clusters, and they will join the Faculty leadership team to help guide our future development. Appointees will be members of a Department (or joint appointees across more than one). They will work closely with the Dean, Associate Dean (Research), and other Research Cluster Leaders. 

How to Apply

The Search Committee will be supported in this search exercise by the executive search firm Perrett Laver. Applicants should submit a cover letter and an up-to-date CV. 

The deadline for applications is November 5, 2018.