Professor of Buddhist Studies

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University of Hong Kong

Hong Kong

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Primary Practice Group: Higher Education and Research

Salary & Benefits: Commensurate with experience

Closing Date: 13/07/2019

Professor of Buddhist Studies

The University of Hong Kong

Founded in 1911, The University of Hong Kong (HKU) is committed to the highest standards of excellence in teaching and research. The University of Hong Kong has been at the forefront of academic scholarship for many years and offers a comprehensive range of study programmes and research disciplines spread across 10 faculties and over 140 academic departments and institutes/centres. English is the medium of teaching, research and administration.

HKU has a total of around 28,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students who are recruited globally, and more than 2,000 members of academic and academic-related staff coming from multi-cultural backgrounds, many of whom are internationally renowned.

The Centre of Buddhist Studies

The Centre of Buddhist Studies is part of the Faculty of Arts and the first centre of Buddhist Studies in Hong Kong. It was officially inaugurated in 2002 to promote the study of and research into all aspects of Buddhism and its relevance to the world of today. The Centre is a self-funded academic centre with generous support from benefactors, and it offers a broad range of programmes in Buddhist studies at the undergraduate, taught postgraduate, and research postgraduate (MPhil/PhD) levels. Courses are taught by a team of 16 renowned Buddhist scholars and academic staff from around the world, and focus on the fundamental understanding of Buddhist history, culture and doctrines as well as their interdisciplinary and practical relevance.

Further information about the Centre of Buddhist Studies can be obtained at https://www.buddhism.hku.hk/.

The Role

The Faculty of Arts seeks to appoint a senior scholar in Buddhist Studies. The ideal candidate will be a world-leading academic with a commitment to excellence in teaching and an established record of research and publications in his/her area of expertise. Capacity in one or more classical Buddhist languages (Chinese, Sanskrit and/or Tibetan) and expertise in Buddhist philosophy (especially Abhidharma and Yogācāra) would be distinct advantages.

Accountable to the Dean of the Faculty and the Centre Director, the appointee will make key contributions to the Centre’s strategic development, including the development of a new undergraduate degree programme. He/She will lead the development of interdisciplinary research initiatives, fostering academic collaborations locally, regionally and internationally. In addition, the appointee will direct research and teaching activities, bringing to the role both experience in supervising research students as well as undergraduate teaching experience in Buddhist philosophy, Indian religion and/or Chinese religion.

Terms of Appointment

Appointment will be on a tenured basis. A globally competitive remuneration package commensurate with the appointee's qualifications and experience will be offered.  At current rates, salaries tax does not exceed 15% of gross income. The appointment will attract a University contribution to a retirement benefits scheme, totalling up to 15% of basic salary, as well as annual leave, and medical benefits.  Housing benefits will be provided as applicable.