Tenure-Track Associate Professor/ Assistant Professor in Smart City Construction

Updated: 5 months ago
Job Type: FullTime

Applications are invited for appointment as Tenure-Track Associate Professor/ Assistant Professor in Smart City Construction in the Department of Real Estate and Construction (Ref. 509127), to commence on July 1, 2022, or as soon as possible thereafter, on a three-year fixed-term basis, with the possibility of renewal and consideration for tenure before the expiry of a second three-year fixed-term contract.

The Department of Real Estate and Construction (REC) enjoys a world-class reputation for its research and teaching in real estate and construction management. It runs long-established, highly successful, and competitive professional education programmes, with alumni holding senior positions in the public and private sectors. Its academic staff has a broad spectrum of expertise, covering virtually every aspect of construction, urban, real estate, and conservation, with a growing interest in digital technologies and data analytics. Being a part of the Faculty of Architecture, REC contributes to the world ranking of 14th under the QS University Subject Rankings 2021 in Built Environment. Its research quality is ranked 1st in the Built Environment panel according to the Hong Kong Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) 2020. More information about REC can be viewed at http://www.arch.hku.hk/rec/ . 

Applicants should have a Ph.D. degree in Construction Management or related fields, with expertise in smart city construction under Industry 4.0. An interdisciplinary background in construction industrialization and informatics, including but not limited to building information modelling, blockchain, augmented reality, internet-of-things, geographic information system, digital twin, AI-based planning & control, industrialized construction, construction supply chain management, is required. Experience in the area of the smart city would be desirable. 

Hong Kong, as a dense mega-city with high GDP, is an ideal model in the world seeking innovative technologies to sustain its high economic growth. The Hong Kong Government strives to construct Hong Kong as a smart city as its strategic development. Its vision is to embrace innovation and technology to construct Hong Kong to be a world-famed smart city with a strong economy and high quality of living. The appointee is expected to teach and lead courses that involve smart city construction at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels. The undergraduate and taught Masters programmes offered by the Department are accredited by many international and local professional bodies. The appointee is also expected to develop his/her research in the context of HKUrbanLabs, the research arm of the Faculty of Architecture. The labs draw together the research and outreach energies of scholars of architecture, conservation, construction, housing, landscape, planning, real estate, surveying, transport, urban design, urban economics, and urban studies. Information about HKUrbanLabs is available at http://www.arch.hku.hk/research/introduction/ . 

A highly competitive salary commensurate with qualifications and experience will be offered, in addition to annual leave and medical benefits. At 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 basic salary.  Housing benefits will be provided as applicable. 

The University only accepts online applications for the above post. Applicants should apply online at the University’s career site (please click the above 'Apply' button to access) and upload a cover letter, an up-to-date C.V., a research plan for the next three years, and a teaching statement. Review of applications will commence on January 1, 2022 and continue until February 28, 2022 , 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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