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The School of English, the University of Hong Kong, invites applications for the following position:

(1) Assistant Professor in Law and Humanities in the Department of Law of the Faculty of Law and the School of English of the Faculty of Arts (Ref. no. 201601618)

Applications are invited for a joint appointment as tenure-track Assistant Professor in the Department of Law of the Faculty of Law and the School of English of the Faculty of Arts, 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 Faculty of Law is the longest established law school in Hong Kong.  It plays a leading role in legal education in Hong Kong and Asia, through its various undergraduate, research postgraduate, and taught postgraduate programmes covering a wide range of legal subject areas.  It is the largest and oldest law teaching institution in Hong Kong, currently consisting of over 80 teaching members drawn from more than 17 jurisdictions worldwide.

The Faculty of Arts is one of the flagship faculties of the University of Hong Kong and one of the premier humanities faculties in the region and internationally.  Founded in 1912, when the University opened, it has been a focus of academic life on campus ever since, building on its traditions to meet successive educational and intellectual challenges.  One of four Schools in the Faculty of Arts, the School of English engages in research and provides instruction at undergraduate and postgraduate levels in literary and cultural studies, English linguistics, and language and communication, with one of its strategic thrusts involving law, literature and language. Its professoriate staff is broadly international and currently comprises seventeen academics who work in diverse areas of English literary studies and linguistics.

The Faculties are seeking to appoint an outstanding candidate to the position of Assistant Professor of Law and Humanities, including but not restricted to: law and literature, language and law, law and history, and law and visual art. The appointee will divide his/her time equally between the two Faculties.

The successful candidate will be expected to make a significant contribution to the Faculties' research profiles by producing high-quality research and actively participating in research communities.  He/She will also be expected to contribute to the development and delivery of teaching and supervision on the Faculties' undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, in particular on the undergraduate joint degree programme in law and literary studies (for information on the latter, see http://arts.hku.hk/current-students/undergraduate/BALLB).   Applicants are expected to have obtained an undergraduate degree in Law (or a Juris Doctor degree) and a Ph.D. in law, humanities, or an interdisciplinary area that crosses the two.  The Faculty will also consider candidates who do not yet have a Ph.D. but who are close to completion. They are also expected to show evidence of the potential to produce internationally excellent research.  Information about the Faculties and departments can be found at http://www.law.hku.hk/, http://arts.hku.hk, and http://www.english.hku.hk/.

A highly competitive salary commensurate with qualifications and experience will be offered.The appointment will attract a contract-end gratuity and University contribution to a retirement benefits scheme, totalling up to 15% of basic salary, as well as leave, and medical benefits.  Housing benefits will be provided as applicable. 

Applicants should send a complete application form, together with an up-to-date C.V., details of relevant experience and course teaching interests, to dolsen@hku.hk.  Application forms (341/1111) can be downloaded at http://www.hku.hk/apptunit/form-ext.doc.  Further particulars can be obtained at http://jobs.hku.hk/.  Closes February 28, 2017.

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

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Last updated: 5 January 2017