Director of the Hong Kong Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences



Founded in 1911, The University of Hong Kong (HKU) is committed to the highest international standards of excellence in teaching and research, and has been at the forefront of academic scholarship for many years. The University is consistently ranked amongst the world's top universities: 22ndin the world (QS 2021) and 9thin the world for Graduate Employability (QS 2020), and was identified as the most international university by Times Higher Education (World’s Most International Universities 2021). The University has a comprehensive range of study programmes and research disciplines spread across 10 faculties and over 140 academic departments and institutes/centres. There are around 30,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students who are recruited globally, and more than 4,000 members of academic and academic-related staff coming from multi-cultural backgrounds, many of whom are internationally acclaimed as leaders in their discipline.

Director of the Hong Kong Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences
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Applications and nominations are invited for appointment as Director of the Hong Kong Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences (“the Institute”), to commence on July 1, 2021 or as soon as possible thereafter, initially on a three-year renewable basis. The post will be held at the Professor level on the tenure track. A clearly distinguished record of academic achievements by the highest international standards may attract the conferment of Chair Professor title.

The Institute was established in 2001 with a mission to promote innovative work in the humanities and social sciences, nurture critical thinking and broaden the horizons of a future generation of academic leaders. Through coordinated research and exposure at the postgraduate and post-doctoral levels, the Institute generates integrated programmes that transcend disciplinary, institutional, geographical and generational boundaries. It provides an arena for dialogue with diverse substance and a common focus. The critical community of thinkers and practitioners will hopefully exert profound influence on education, culture, and societal development in Hong Kong, China and an interconnected Asia. The Institute is driven by research initiatives which have won highly competitive grants and engage with a global network of colleagues and institutional partners. The Institute currently comprises a small number of junior researchers, senior visitors, and highly committed administrative staff. It has successfully created joint positions with various Faculties within the University. The Institute is one of the two non-Faculty-based institutes directly funded by the University. Further information about the Institute can be obtained at http://www.hkihss.hku.hk .

We expect the new Director to be a scholar of distinction in his/her discipline, preferably in the humanities and social sciences, with research focusing on, or related to, Greater China and Asia. The candidate should have a demonstrated record of broad, inter-disciplinary research interests and programme building. Familiarity with public and private funding agencies and willingness to network with global academic, policy and business communities will be an asset. The Director is expected to build on the existing strengths of the Institute, infuse it with vision and forge collaborative and synergistic links within and beyond the University to build an institute of advanced studies in the humanities and social sciences in Asia. Further information about the position is available at https://www.hr.hku.hk/career_opportunities/HKIHSS_Director_job_spec_2021.pdf . Enquiries about the post may be addressed to the Secretary of the Search Committee at jesswang@hku.hk and questions about the Institute may be sent to ihsshrfi@hku.hk .

A highly competitive salary commensurate with qualifications and experience will be offered. The appointment will attract a contract-end gratuity and University contribution to a retirement benefits scheme, totalling up to 15% of basic salary, as well as leave, and medical/dental benefits. Housing benefits will also be provided.

The University only accepts online application for the above post. Applicants should apply online and upload an up-to-date C.V. and relevant documents. Review of applications will begin in July 2021 and will continue until the post is filled. Interested applicants are encouraged to submit their applications on or before June 30, 2021, to ensure timely consideration. The University thanks applicants for their interest, but advises that only candidates shortlisted for interviews will be notified of the application result.

Advertised: Jun 1, 2021 (HK Time)
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