Founding Faculty in the Information Hub

  • Professional
  • China
  • Posted 1 week ago
  • Expires on: May 26, 2020

The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (Guangzhou)

Job Title: Founding Faculty in the Information Hub

Job ID:
5213 for Artificial Intelligence (AI)
5214 for Digital Media and Art (DMA)
5215 for Data Science and Analytics (DSA)

The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) invites applications for founding faculty positions at all levels at Professor, Associate Professor and Assistant Professor rank in Artificial Intelligence (AI), Digital Media and Art (DMA) and Data Science and Analytics (DSA) for its new campus in Guangzhou (GZ).

For AI, candidates should have a demonstrated ability to pursue high-impact research in AI and its applications. We specifically look for candidates interested in applied AI research who are able to collaborate closely with domain experts in the target application areas to develop transformative technologies using AI. The initial focus areas include, but are not limited to, AI in design, AI in finance, AI in manufacturing, AI in medicine, AI in security and privacy, and AI in smart living. We welcome senior candidates to apply, especially those who can help with the strategic development of the AI trust area for the new Guangzhou campus.

For DMA, the thrust area focuses on art creation and visual communication with new technology, with an emphasis on art with augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR), AI-generated art, information art and design, and data visualization. The Hub promotes the interplay of art and technology and exploits the most advanced technology for art creation and visual communication with a social impact. Candidates should be able to create a multidisciplinary curriculum and pursue high impact research in science, technology and engineering-oriented academic environment. Candidates with the art background shall be comprising MFA plus an active Digital Arts exhibition history with a sustained creative research practice in areas of the above-mentioned specialization. Priority will be given to digital artists who can teach a range of skills, including digital and innovative approaches; showing an explicitly experiential, experimental and expansive outlook on digital arts making; commanding a broad understanding and active creation beyond either in the animation field and/or video, game or digital design. Candidates with engineering background should have demonstrated ability to pursue high impact research in virtual/augmented/mixed reality, computer graphics, data visualization, human-computer interaction, etc.

For DSA, the thrust area focuses on unifying statistics, machine learning, optimization, and their related techniques. By analyzing and modeling data, the Hub aims to transform analytics into industrial and business insights for effective decision making. The initial focus areas include, but not limit to, data-driven AI & machine learning, statistical learning and modeling, industrial and business analytics (operations-related data analytics, business intelligence and strategy, etc.), and sector-specific data analytics (healthcare, finance, insurance, marketing, manufacturing, transportation, etc.). Candidates should have demonstrated the ability to pursue high impact research in the areas of data science and analytics.

Candidates for all ranks must have a PhD degree in related disciplines.

About HKUST Guangzhou Campus []
HKUST(GZ) offers a unique educational environment with four transdisciplinary hubs and 16 thrust areas. HKUST(GZ) offers superb research facilities, attracting top international faculty and students to conduct curiosity-driven and goal-oriented research to address the world’s pressing scientific and technological challenges. English is the medium of instruction and administration at HKUST (GZ).

HKUST(GZ) is situated in Nansha District, Guangzhou, which is right in the center of the Greater Bay Area, one of the most vibrant and dynamic regions in the world, neighboring Shenzhen, Hong Kong, and Macao. It is about 30 minutes away from Hong Kong by high-speed train. The new campus is under construction and is planned to open in 2022. Successful candidates may start working on the Clear Water Bay campus in Hong Kong before the new campus is completed.

About the Information Hub
The HKUST(GZ) Information Hub focuses on addressing global challenges arising from human interactions with information and technology in an era of digital transformation. The Hub is mainly comprised of four thrust areas: Artificial Intelligence, Data Science and Analytics, Future Communication Networks, and Digital Media and Arts. We have also established an Internet of Things (IoT) division focused on technology transfer and industrial projects. In each of these areas, we are committed to providing world-class education and conducting cutting-edge research with practical applications, with the purpose of not only advancing regional development but also making a global impact.

Remuneration and Conditions of Service
Salary is highly competitive of international standards and will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. Generous research funds, ample laboratory space and excellent research equipment and support will be provided.

All posts are tenure-track Mainland China appointments to be offered by the HKUST Mainland entity in accordance with the local employment laws and regulations. Appointment to Professor rank and some Associate Professor rank will be made on a substantive basis while initial appointment to other tenure-track faculty ranks will be made on a fixed-term contract of up to three years commencing the earliest in July/August 2020. Re-appointment thereafter will be subject to performance, mutual agreement and funding availability.

Application Procedure
Applications with the specification of the relevant Job ID should be sent to <> together with (i) full CV; (ii) a statement of research, teaching, and service; (iii) up to five most representative publications in PDF formats; (iv) record of teaching performance (if any); and (v) names and contact information of three referees. Review of applications will continue until the positions are filled.