Institute Director/ Professor in Synthetic Biology
Hong Kong, CH

The HongKong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) has identified syntheticbiology as a strategically important area.

The University is setting up infrastructure, including the establishmentof the Institute for Synthetic Biology, to expand research and education inthis important area at both Clear Water Bay (CWB) and Guangzhou (GZ) campuses.

Our vision is to develop technologies andsolutions in the era of new bioeconomy to improve human conditions and harnessinnovations in this field to create a more sustainable economy as well asaddress the world’s pressing challenges.

We are nowconducting a global talent search and are particularly interested in recruitingthe Institute Director and senior faculty with distinguished andinternationally recognized research track records in leading and coordinatinglarge-scale collaborative projects in synthetic biology.

We are seeking competitive, ambitious andcreative candidates applying synthetic biology for fundamental scientificinvestigation or innovative technology development in thematic applications inbiomedicine, health technology, sustainable living, and food.

Applicants with strong research expertise innon-model microorganisms, genome engineering, and data analytics-enabledsynthetic biology to accelerate and optimize design-build-test-learn cycle areall welcome.

For a highly qualifiedwell-established scholar, an endowed Chair Professorship at the Institute wouldbe considered.

Thesuccessful candidates are expected to teach and actively participate indeveloping the planned institute and associated programs so they should behighly self-motivated and eager to work in multi-disciplinary settings.

They would have academic appointments withone or two academic units at CWB Campus or GZ Campus. At CWB Campus, the appointing units couldinclude the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, Division of LifeScience, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Department of OceanScience, Department of Chemistry, Department of Physics, etc.

At HKUST(GZ), the appointment would beaffiliated in Bioscience and Biomedical Engineering Thrust of the Systems Hubor other units.

Startup fund and starting salary are highly competitive of international standard. Depending on qualification and experience, starting salary is generally comparable or even higher than the average starting salaries in Tier I research universities in the United States.

The University offers generous retirement and medical / dental benefits, in addition to sabbatical leave and campus housing benefits.

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


HKUST is aworld-renowned research university with over 600 faculty members whose researchranges from science to engineering, business, social sciences and cross disciplines.

Through its commitment to academicexcellence, HKUST has developed world-class strengths in many subjects over itsshort 30-year history.

It isconsistently ranked as the top 50 universities in the world. HKUST ranks 2nd in the World's Top 50 Young Universities Under 50 in the 2021 QS World University Rankings, 34th worldwide (2nd in Hon Kong) in the 2022 QS World University Rankings, and 23rd worldwide (2nd in Greater China and 1st in Hong Kong) in the 2021 Times Higher Education Global University Employability Ranking.

Located in thebeautiful Clear Water Bay, HKUST campus has a magnificent ocean view and iswidely known as one of the most beautiful campuses in the world.

With astrong track record of cultivating high-end talents and nurturing futureleaders for academia and industry, HKUST is well positioned to craft aninnovative approach to cross-disciplinary education and research in its GZcampus.

Under the Unified HKUST,Complementary Campuses framework, HKUST(GZ), conveniently situated in Nansha,is scheduled to open in the fall of 2022, hosting 4 transdisciplinary hubs(equivalent to schools) and 16 thrusts (equivalent to departments) to achievemaximum synergy in education and research.

With the same standard and same diploma as HKUST, HKUST(GZ) will have800 faculty members and 10,000 students in the steady phase.

Additional information about HKUST and HKUST(GZ) are available respectively at andhttps : / / / .

Application Procedure

Applicantsshould have an earned PhD degree in a related field. Interested candidates are invited to uploada cover letter, a full curriculum vitae,and statements of research and teaching.

Forenquiries, please send to synbiohire Review of applications will start immediatelyand will continue until all the positions are filled.

We thank applicants for their interest. Please be advised that only shortlistedcandidates will be notified of the result of the application.

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


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