Tenure-Track Assistant Professor in Political Geography and Urban Governance


Location: Pok Fu Lam, Hong Kong

Posted: 04 Jun 2021

End of advertisement period: 31 Aug 2021

Ref: 504257

Academic Discipline: Social SciencesGeographyPolitics & International Studies

Job Type: Academic PostsLecturers / Assistant Professors

Contract Type: Fixed Term

Hours: Full Time

The University of Hong Kong ‘s highest priorities are to create opportunities for the very best academic talents to excel and to advance human knowledge to the benefit of society. We serve the needs of Hong Kong, the wider region and the rest of the world.

Work type: Full-time
Department: Department of Geography (30900)
Categories: Professoriate Staff

Applications are invited for appointment as Tenure-Track Assistant Professor in Political Geography and Urban Governance in the Department of Geography (Ref.: 504257), to commence on January 1, 2022 or as soon as possible thereafter, on a three-year fixed-term basis, with the possibility of renewal and with consideration for tenure before the expiry of a second three-year contract.

The Department of Geography, established in 1931, is the first university-level geography department in Hong Kong.  The 2021 QS World University Ranking rated the Department the 11th among the world’s top 200 universities in the subject of geography and area studies.  The Department offers comprehensive undergraduate, taught postgraduate, M.Phil. and Ph.D. programmes in human and physical geography with an interdisciplinary orientation.  Its team of 19 full-time professoriate staff, more than 30 research postgraduate students and post-doctoral fellows, is actively engaged in cutting-edge research. The Department’s scholarly activities are well supported by a map library and four modern specialized laboratories. Information about the Department can be obtained at http://geog.hku.hk.

Applicants must have a Ph.D. degree in Geography or cognate disciplines with expertise in political and/or urban geography.  Research foci in geopolitics, geography of religions, urban and regional governance, China’s Belt and Road Initiative, Greater Bay Area planning and development, borderland and polar studies will be particularly welcome.  They should also be able to demonstrate a strong track record of successful university teaching experiences, research publications, and external competitive grants.  The appointee is expected to teach at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels, supervise research postgraduate students, conduct and publish high quality research work, and assist in administration.

A highly competitive salary commensurate with qualifications and experience will be offered, in addition to annual leave and medical benefits.  At the current rates, salaries tax does not exceed 15% of gross income.  The appointment will attract a contract-end gratuity and University contribution to a retirement benefits scheme, totalling up to 15% of the basic salary.  Housing benefits will be provided as applicable.

The University only accepts online application for the above post.  Applicants should apply online at the University’s careers site (https://jobs.hku.hk) and upload (1) an up-to-date C.V., (2) a cover letter, (3) a research plan for the next three years, (4) a statement on teaching philosophy, and (5) outlines of three proposed undergraduate courses.  Review of applications will commence as soon as possible and continue until August 31, 2021 or until the post is filled, whichever is earlier.

The University is an equal opportunities employer and is committed to equality, ethics, inclusivity, diversity and transparency

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