Professor and Head of Department of Computer Science

September 27, 2022

Job Description

Professor and Head of Department of Computer Science

The Faculty of Engineering at The University of Hong Kong invites applications for Professor and Head of Department of Computer Science (Ref.: 513846), to commence on January 1, 2023 or as soon as possible thereafter. The appointment as Head of Department will be made for an initial three-year term, renewable subject to mutual agreement.


The University

Ranked the World #1 Most International University (2021), and 22nd amongst the World’s Top Universities by QS World University Rankings (2022), the University is a leading university in Asia with 29,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students and more than 7,000 academic and administrative staff.


The Faculty

The Faculty of Engineering, one of the two founding faculties of The University of Hong Kong, is at the forefront of engineering research, and is one of the largest Faculties in The University offering a wide range of undergraduate majors, master’s programmes and PhD degrees. The Faculty groomed more than 19,000 first-degree engineering graduates and 16,000 master’s and PhD graduates. The Faculty has over 140 professors and teaching staff.


The Department

The Department of Computer Science has 38 core faculty members and serves around 540 undergraduate and 832 graduate students. The Department offers a wide-range of successful undergraduate programmes, including in Computer Science, Data Science & Engineering, Financial Technology, and a dual degree with the Faculty of Business and Economics. At the graduate level, it offers master’s degrees in Computer Science, Data Science, and Artificial Intelligence, Electronic Commerce and Internet Computing, Financial Technology and Data Analytics. In addition, Computer Science has very active research degree (MPhil and PhD) programmes covering a very broad set of topics.

Research activities in the department are broadly categorized into five main streams, namely Data Science and Engineering; Foundations of Computer Science; Systems and Networking; Artificial Intelligence, Robotics and Visual Computing; Cyber Security, FinTech and Blockchain. The Department is equipped with state-of-the-art computing facilities, and maintains a broad range of laboratories in Artificial Intelligence, Bioinformatics Algorithms Research, Computer Networks, FinTech and Blockchain, Quantum Information Computation, etc. Computer Science works closely with other departments withing the Faculty of Engineering along with the Faculties of Medicine, Business and Economics, and Law.


The Role

Reporting to the Dean of Engineering, the Head of Computer Science is expected to provide leadership and vision in leading and growing the Department’s research and educational missions and to lead a major expansion of the Department professoriate.

The Head should possess distinguished academic credentials, with internationally acclaimed research achievements. He/She should preferably have relevant administrative experience.. The successful candidate should also possess excellent leadership, interpersonal, and communication skills.


A wide-range of research funding opportunities exist both in Hong Kong and China (far exceeding most other countries) and through interactions with government and local, regional and international industry. The University is adding major new facilities throughout Hong Kong and nearby in China. 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 University will contribute up to 15% of basis salary into the retirement benefits scheme. 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 and upload a letter of interest outlining their experience in and vision for research and academic leadership and an up-to-date CV. Review of applications will start on July 1, 2022 and continue until the post is filled.

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