Academic Leadership Appointments (Tenured Positions)- School of Music (Ref. AC2024/017/01)

March 16, 2024

Job Description

The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shenzhen

Academic Leadership Appointments (Tenured Positions)-School of Music (Ref. AC2024/017/01)


I. Academic Positions opened for recruitment

Academic leadership in the following area are needed in the newly established School of Music:


A. Academic Leader of Musicology Division (Musicology/Ethnomusicology)

B. Academic Leader of Chinese Instruments Division


II. Who We Are

The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shenzhen (CUHK-Shenzhen) was established in 2014 in accordance with the Regulations of the People’s Republic of China on Chinese-foreign Cooperation in Running Schools upon approval of the Ministry of Education. It inherits the educational philosophy and academic systems of The Chinese University of Hong Kong and is committed to nurturing high-end talents with global perspective, Chinese tradition and social responsibility. It offers 4-year undergraduate programmes plus postgraduate studies at both master and doctorate levels. Currently with over 10000 undergraduate and postgraduate students, CUHK-Shenzhen offers programmes in science and engineering, management and economics, humanities and social science, data science, medicine, and music (from 2021 onwards). Most of the courses in CUHK SZ are taught in English.


With the strong support of the Shenzhen Government, CUHK-Shenzhen was given the responsibility to plan and establish the Shenzhen Conservatory of Music, initially as a School of the University, which will recruit the first batch of undergraduate students in 2021. The School of Music has 4 Streams namely Composition, Musicology, Performance and Dance.  Recruitment for the 2021 cohort will begin with the Performance Streams listed above. Other majors in Performance (Chinese Music, Musical Theatre and Dance) will commence later.  A purposely-built campus is planned for completion by end of 2024.


III. Where is Shenzhen 

Bordering Hong Kong in the south by a river, Shenzhen was established as a Special Economic Zone in 1980. After years of hard work and with the influx of talents, Shenzhen is now well-known as a global technology hub and is dubbed by the media as the China Silicon Valley. In 2019, Shenzhen was ranked 14th in the Global Financial Centres Index and boasts the third busiest container port in the world. With the actual administrative population close to 20 million spreading over 9 Districts, its GDP surpassed Hong Kong in 2018 mounting to 2.42 trillion RMB. It has been ranked second on the list “Top 10 cities to visit in 2019” by Lonely Planet Culturally, the Shenzhen Symphony Orchestra was established in 1982 and regularly performs in the Shenzhen Concert Hall, Shenzhen Grand Theatre and Shenzhen Poly Theatre. In late 2018, the Government announced a plan of its Ten Major Cultural Constructions which includes several museums, an opera house and the CUHK-Shenzhen School of Music (the Shenzhen Conservatory of Music).


IV. Job Description

The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shenzhen is looking for candidates to take up academic leadership in various disciplines for its newly-established School of Music. They will lead an international teaching team to provide the highest level of teaching and professional practices in the designated disciplines. They are expected to work under the Dean to establish the School as one of the top music institutes internationally meanwhile creating a strong impact in the southern part of China in particular the Greater Bay Area.

1.  set up the area and develop the teaching materials following the approved syllabus from undergraduate to postgraduate levels;

2. lead and coordinate all full-time and part-time teachers from undergraduate to postgraduate levels;

3. network regional and international community for the promotion of the area and the preparation for professional development of graduates;

4. plan and supervise activities such as seminars, symposiums, conferences, field works and outreach programmes regionally and internationally.

** The Academic Leader of Musicology is preferred to be an expert in western musicology with basic knowledge of Chinese music or an ethnomusicology expert with basic knowledge of Western music.


V.  Qualification Requirements

A. Academic Leader of Musicology Division (Musicology/Ethnomusicology)

1. High international standing with global vision and academic connections, management and administration experience in tertiary music institutes, well recognized performance and innovation, willingness to relocate to Shenzhen full time.

2. The successful candidate should be an active researcher and scholar in musicology /ethnomusicology with strong publication record.

3. The academic leader will be appointed as Professor and working directly under the Dean’s leadership.


B. Academic Leader of Chinese Instruments Division

  1. Should be a leading and representing figure in either Chinese winds, strings or percussion instruments well-known and recognized in the professional field
  2. Should have strong passion and academic accomplishment in building the Chinese Instruments Division;
  3. Should have regular exposure internationally as an outstanding performer having collaborations with Chinese orchestras of the highest standard;
  4. Should be knowledgeable and skillful in cross cultural endeavour, i.e. be able to play professionally one Chinese and one other instrument and have strong and unique artistic style;
  5. Should have rich experience in teaching and giving regular masterclasses and workshops to students in music conservatories in different regions;
  6. Should be able to give instructions in Chinese and English fluently;
  7. Should have received national and international awards in performing Chinese instrument(s);
  8. Should have rich experience to conduct a professional Chinese orchestra or to lead the related section of a professional Chinese orchestra;
  9. Should have international affiliation of related professional societies;
  10. Should have a music degree plus an additional qualification in music.
  11. The academic leader will be appointed as Professor and working directly under the Dean’s leadership.


VI. Salary & Benefits

Salary will be highly competitive and commensurate with experience and accomplishments. Appointments will be made under the establishment of CUHK-Shenzhen, and employee benefits will be provided according to the relevant labor laws of Mainland China as well as CUHK-Shenzhen regulations. Subsidies from various government sponsored talent programmes will also be made available for eligible candidates.


VII. To apply

Please prepare 【a full curriculum vitae in English】, and upload through the online application system: Information in the link marked with * are mandatory.  Applicant information will be kept strictly confidential.


The recruitment will be closed up to the above positions are filled, and candidates who have submitted information do not need to submit the information again.


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