Job Posting: Assistant Professor in the Humanities and Medicine

Applications are invited for tenure-track appointment as Assistant Professor in the Humanities and Medicine in the Centre for the Humanities and Medicine, to commence on September 1, 2017 or as soon as possible thereafter, on a three-year fixed-term basis, with the possibility of renewal and with consideration for tenure before the expiry of a second three-year fixed-term contract.

The Centre for the Humanities and Medicine at the University of Hong Kong is a unique research hub with a focus on the social, cultural, and historical dimensions of health, medicine, and disease. Bringing together faculties from across the University, the Centre is recognized for its cross-disciplinary research on infectious disease, with recent projects on the history of plague, ecologies of malaria, viral imaginaries, and technologies of epidemic surveillance. The Centre promotes research that grapples with complex regional and global challenges and it has forged successful collaborative links with many leading international institutions since 2009.

Applicants should have a Ph.D. degree and a proven track-record of research in any area that complements the Centre’s existing strengths. In addition, teamwork skills are essential. As a key member of the Centre for the Humanities and Medicine, the appointee will be expected to help develop the Centre’s interdisciplinary research programme and deepen links with the Faculty of Medicine. While primarily based in the Centre, he/she will hold a concurrent appointment in a relevant academic unit of the Faculty of Arts, where he/she will be expected to teach a half-load of disciplinary undergraduate courses and to teach postgraduate students. The University and the Hong Kong Research Grants Council provide substantial competitive funding for research projects of many kinds. Teaching development grants are also available to assist with the development of innovative undergraduate courses.

Information about the Centre can be obtained at Enquiries about the post should be sent to Dr. Robert Peckham (e-mail:

A highly competitive salary commensurate with the appointee's qualifications and experience will be offered, in addition to annual leave and medical benefits. The appointment will attract a contract-end gratuity and University contribution to a retirement benefits scheme, totalling up to 15% of basic salary. Housing benefits will be provided as applicable.
Applicants should send a completed application form, a letter of application, a full C.V., and a writing sample of scholarly work, along with three reference letters sent by their recommenders to Application forms (341/1111) can be downloaded at Further particulars can be obtained at Please clearly state the post applied for on the application form. Closes May 15, 2017.

The University thanks applicants for their interest, but advises that only candidates shortlisted for interviews will be notified of the application result.