Career Opportunities: Assistant or Associate Professor of East Asian Art History and/or Material Culture

The Department of Fine Arts, HKU, invites applications for the position of assistant professor (tenure-track) or associate professor (with tenure) in East Asian art history and/or material culture.

The position is open to qualified scholars producing original and exceptional research in their field. Candidates who can show abilities to engage undergraduate and postgraduate students in original scholarship and critical discourse are strongly encouraged to apply. All areas of East Asian Art History and Material Culture will be considered, although preference will be given to candidates whose specialization will expand the Department’s current curriculum and existing expertise.

The Department of Fine Arts is one of the leading art history faculties in Asia, and currently includes specialists in Asian art (from antiquity to the present day) and in Western art (from the baroque to contemporary periods). The Department achieved outstanding results in Hong Kong’s last Research Assessment Exercise (2014). The Faculty of Arts, of which we are a part, is highly ranked internationally (currently 13 in QS and 28 in THE global rankings by Arts and Humanities subjects).

Humanities research at HKU is well-supported, with excellent library resources, research grants from the University and the Research Grants Council of Hong Kong, and support for research-related travel and teaching relief. Teaching load is three courses per year and all instruction is in English. There are on average 35 undergraduate majors per year, as well as a small number of M.Phil. and Ph.D. students.

A globally competitive remuneration package commensurate with the appointee’s qualifications and experience will be offered, as well as annual leave and medical benefits.  The assistant professor salary range is currently HK$645,900–$998,280 per annum (roughly US$82,808–$127,985 at current exchange rates), while the associate professor salary range is HK$847,500-$1,346,940.  At current rates, salaries tax does not exceed 15% of gross income.  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. The appointment will commence on September 1, 2018. Associate professors will be hired with tenure. At the assistant professor level, the appointment will initially be on a three-year fixed-term basis, with the possibility of renewal and consideration for tenure before the expiry of a second three-year fixed-term contract. Candidates must have the Ph.D. in hand at the time of appointment.

Applicants should submit the following materials to a completed application form (341/1111); a cover letter detailing research plans and teaching abilities, not more than two pages long; a C.V.; a writing sample; a portfolio of past teaching materials and evaluations; three one-paragraph proposals for courses you would wish to teach; and three confidential letters of recommendation sent by your recommenders.  Applications (including all recommendation letters) should be submitted by December 15, 2017. Further particulars can be obtained at

For inquiries, please contact the Department chairperson, Prof. Greg Thomas, at

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