Vice-President (Research)

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The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (Guangzhou)

Guangzhou, China

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Role Managed by:

Kieran Pollentine

Head of Research, Greater China

t: +852 3702 6491

f: 852-3180-9399


Primary Practice Group: Higher Education and Research

Salary & Benefits: commensurate with experience

Closing Date: 31/08/2022

The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) is a world-renowned international research university. The Ministry of Education of People's Republic of China officially approved the preparatory status of The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (Guangzhou) (HKUST (GZ)) in September 2019. The Guangzhou campus covers 1.13 square kilometres and the first phase of construction is expected to be completed in 2022. At steady state, the number of undergraduate and postgraduate students will reach a total of 10,000. The intended areas of focus in the GZ Campus will be thematic and cross-disciplinary in nature, synergistic with HKUST without overlapping academic degrees or structures. Four Academic Hubs (equivalent to schools) with 16 Thrust Areas (equivalent to departments) are now in place.


HKUST(GZ) is seeking applications and nominations for the position of Vice-President (Research) (VPR). Reporting to and working closely with the President as part of the senior leadership team, major areas of responsibilities of the VPR include but are not limited to:

  • providing the overall leadership and strategic development of university-wide research agenda and overseeing related research institutes and centers;
  • working closely with the senior management team and the University community at large to provide leadership in research by encouraging and facilitating research and engagement among faculty and students,
  • developing and facilitating directions and scopes for research in Guangzhou campus while creating synergies in research between the Clear Water Bay and Guangzhou campuses;
  • responsible for leading the university’s strategic plan and application of research funding opportunities with special focus on various Mainland government funding schemes from national to local levels.
  • serving as a member of the University’s senior management team to advance the overall well-being and to address any particular challenges and risks faced by HKUST(GZ).

The VPR is expected to be a well-recognized researcher with international standing, high academic qualifications and a record of outstanding contributions to scholarship with evidence of research impact; together with vision, energy and commitment as well as substantial administrative experiences in leading the University’s research activities to the next level of excellence.

Terms and benefits

The post of VPR is a full-time appointment, normally for an initial term of 5 years, and renewable subject to mutual agreement. Competitive remuneration and generous fringe benefits, including housing where appropriate, will be provided.

How to apply

Applications should include the following:

  • a cover letter
  • a full curriculum vitae 
  • any other relevant supporting documents

Completed applications should be uploaded via this page.

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