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Head of the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Hong Kong (HK)
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Nov 2, 2021

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The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

Head of the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

The University invites applications and nominations for the position of Head of the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering.

The University

Founded in 1991, the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) is a world renowned international research university dedicated to the advancement of learning and scholarship, with special emphasis on postgraduate education and close collaboration with the industry and business.  It promotes interdisciplinary studies, dedicated to educating all-rounded students to acquire a strong entrepreneurial spirit and innovative thinking with a global outlook.  Within its short history, the University has come to be regarded as a leading player in the international higher education scene.  HKUST has been ranked among the top world universities by QS university rankings and Times Higher Education Supplement.  English is the medium of teaching, research and administration.

HKUST is committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty and has a range of family-friendly policies in place.

The Department

The Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (MAE) has around 35 faculty members, teaching about 300 undergraduate students and about 200 postgraduate research students.  The Department has comprehensive teaching and research programs in both basic and applied aspects in the field of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering.  We offer academic degrees of BEng, MSc, MPhil and PhD.   Research activities in the Department are broadly categorized into Solid Mechanics and Dynamics, Materials Science & Technology, Energy / Thermal Fluid and Environment Engineering, Design and Manufacturing, Automation and Robotics, Micro/Nano Systems, and Aerospace Engineering.  Our research activities are supported by multi-disciplinary research facilities including the Robotics and Energy Institutes and a world-class Wind Tunnel.  Members of the Department also have access to the University’s state-of-the-art instrumentation at the Materials Characterization and Preparation Facility, Nanofabrication Facility, Advanced Engineering Materials Facility, and Materials Design and Manufacturing Facility.

The Role

Reporting to the Dean of Engineering, the Head of MAE is expected to provide leadership for the Department and manage its diverse academic and administrative functions.

Terms & Applications / Nominations

The headship appointment will be concurrent with a substantive professorial appointment. Competitive remuneration and generous fringe benefits, including housing where appropriate, will be provided.  Outstanding faculty joining us will be considered for nomination of the Global STEM Professorship Scheme sponsored by the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.  Awardee under the Scheme will be offered a highly competitive package to establish his/her research program in Hong Kong, including setup of first-rate laboratories and recruitment of research support personnel.

Applications/nominations for the position are invited from well-qualified and accomplished scholars.  In addition to extensive teaching and research experience, the successful candidate must have demonstrated capability to provide strong leadership in academic administration at tertiary level.  Proven capacity to interact effectively with government, industry and commercial sectors is an advantage. 

Applications/nominations, together with full curriculum vitae and names and email addresses of three referees, should be sent to the Search Committee Chair for Headship of MAE (email:, School of Engineering, HKUST, Clearwater Bay, Kowloon, Hong Kong.  Review of candidates will start from 1 November 2021 and the search will continue until the position is filled.

For more information about the University, the School of Engineering and the MAE Department, please visit, , and respectively.

(Information provided by applicants will only be used for recruitment and other employment-related purposes.)

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