Assistant Professor in Design

Assistant Professor in Design

  • The School of Design, as a leading and transdisciplinary design school, is at the forefront of nurturing responsible, open-minded, creative talents and active learners; contributing to innovation in Hong Kong and the Chinese Mainland while maintaining a global perspective. As one of the top design schools in the world, its highly diverse design expertise and academic programmes include: Advertising Design, Communication Design, Design Strategies, Digital Media and Interaction Design, Environment and Interior Design, International Design and Business Management, Product Design, Urban Environments Design, and its recently launched programme in Social Design. The School’s research and consultancy work are of an applied nature relevant to industrial, commercial and community needs. It is ranked 16th by the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2019 for Art and Design, and is based in a Zaha Hadid building well-equipped for innovative research and creative learning on the university campus. Please visit the website at http://www.sd.polyu.edu.hk for more information about the School.

    The Design discipline at the School takes a sustainable and humanistic approach which also aims to expand the scope of traditional design into the sociotechnical realms. The three conceptual pillars constitute: (a) Design Social - collaborative design with communities and the public sectors to improve living conditions through critical, systemic and participatory approaches; (b) Design Economies - entrepreneurial design that enhances service innovation and value creation in the private sector; and (c) Design Making - human-centered and hands-on design investigations in labs and with communities, in the practices of making and prototyping via socio-technical means. They are identified as the three flagship themes to consolidate the research focus and emerging pedagogies in the School.

  • Hong Kong
  • 21 Mar 2019
  • 20 Mar 2020
  • Applicants should have: (a) a relevant PhD degree with professional and/or teaching experiences in a specialised area of Design and/or a related discipline; (b) extensive knowledge of and expertise in an area of Design with hands-on techniques; (c) extensive knowledge of and track record in design research and research methodologies; (d) a high level of contextual and cultural awareness, and a vision for the future development of the profession; and (e) a strong commitment to excellence in teaching, research and professional service. Candidates with stronger relevant academic and/or professional credentials may be considered for position at a higher level. The job duty requirements and expectation will be in line with the appointed grade.

    Applicants should submit (a) a letter of application together with completed application form declaring a focus area of expertise; (b) curriculum vitae; (c) a brief statement of research and teaching philosophy; (d) three key publications; and (e) a design and/or teaching portfolio including samples of personal and professional work.

    A highly competitive remuneration package will be offered. Initial appointments will be on a fixed term gratuity-bearing contract. Re-engagement thereafter is subject to mutual agreement. For general information on terms and conditions for appointment of academic staff in the University, please visit the website at http://www.polyu.edu.hk/hro/TC.htm. Applicants should state their current and expected salary in the application.

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