The Hong Kong Polytechnic University is the largest government-funded tertiary institution in Hong Kong in terms of student number. It offers programs at various levels including Doctorate, Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees. It has full-time academic staff strength of around 1,200. The total consolidated expenditure budget of the University is in excess of HK$4 billion per year. Committed to academic excellence in a professional context, PolyU aspires to become a world-class university with an emphasis on the application value of its programs and research. Its vision is to become a leading university that excels in professional education, applied research and partnership for the betterment of Hong Kong, the nation and the world.
DEPARTMENT OF APPLIED MATHEMATICS
The Department of Applied Mathematics (AMA) is part of the Faculty of Applied Science and Textiles. The Department offers undergraduate programs in Investment Science, Actuarial Science and Statistics and Computing, and makes a significant contribution to most of the other academic programs of the University by providing service teaching. It also offers a master programme in Applied Mathematics for Science and Technology with specialism in decision science and actuarial science. Members of the Department have expertise in applied optimization and optimal control, engineering mathematics and computational mathematics, operational research, financial mathematics and applied statistics. There are currently 43 academic staff and about 20 research personnel in the Department. Please visit the website at http://www.polyu.edu.hk/ama for more information about the Department.
The University is now inviting applications or nominations for the post of Head of Department of Applied Mathematics. The successful candidate will be appointed as Chair Professor/Professor, commensurate with his/her qualifications and experience, and hold a concurrent headship appointment. The headship appointment is normally for an aggregate period of six years in two three-year terms of office.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
The position calls for a visionary academic leader with responsibilities of ensuring the smooth and successful operation and sustainable development of the Department. Reporting directly to the Dean of Faculty of Applied Science and Textiles, the appointee will be required to provide effective leadership in the development of long-term strategies and plans of the Department, and provide support to staff members in the Department for the accomplishment of strategic objectives with high quality standards. Other responsibilities include inspiring excellence in teaching, research and services; fostering strong partnerships and collaborations with external organizations and strengthening the international network of the Department and the University; ensuring optimal deployment of human, financial and other resources in the Department; and implementing an effective mechanism to acquire donations and other forms of sponsorship to support the University’s pursuits and long-term development.
Reporting directly to the Dean of Faculty, the appointee will be required to (a) provide effective leadership in the development of long-term strategies and plans of the Department, in alignment with the University’s Strategic Plan, and provide leadership, coaching and support to all staff members in the Department in pursuit of planned objectives in a high-quality standard and a cost-effective manner; (b) ensure a high quality of teaching as well as holistic development of students, and align the Department’s programs to the needs of the community; (c) facilitate the conduct of innovative and original research of high quality, and develop genuine cross-disciplinary/departmental research with optimal use of research funds; (d) develop local and international networks of partnerships and linkages with the community, particularly the professional, public and business sectors, so as to gain their support for the major strategic initiatives of the University; (e) ensure effective internal communication that leads to transparent decision-making, and promote the Department’s education and other services to target customers, community leaders, and stakeholders; (f) ensure optimal deployment of human, financial and other resources in the Department; (g) implement an effective mechanism to acquire donations and other forms of sponsorship to support the University’s pursuits and long-term development; and (h) undertake other responsibilities and tasks as may be assigned by the Dean of Faculty or the President’s designate from time to time.
The Department has established a Joint Research Institute with the Academy of Mathematics and System Sciences of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. The appointee is expected to be actively involved in the activities of the Institute.
Applicants should have (a) academic qualifications at doctoral level in Applied Mathematics / Mathematics / Statistics / Financial Mathematics or a closely related field, and evidence of eminent scholarship and substantial relevant experience in a senior academic position; (b) attainment of an academic rank of full professor or above at an internationally recognized university; (c) an international reputation in research and scholarship, including refereed publications and external grant application, in any one or more of the specialist areas of applied mathematics, computational mathematics, operations research, engineering mathematics, applied statistics and financial related mathematics; (d) a strong record in attracting research funding; (e) a demonstrated commitment to excellence in teaching; (f) a global perspective, proven qualities of academic leadership, and substantial administration/management experience as well as the demonstrated ability to build up a strong team of faculty members with different research and cultural backgrounds; (g) effective interpersonal communication and resources management skills, and excellent adaptability to changes and challenges; and (h) good knowledge of the higher educational environment, preferably including Hong Kong.
Experience in fund-raising will be an additional advantage.
REMUNERATION AND CONDITIONS OF SERVICE
Terms of appointment and remuneration package are negotiable and highly competitive.
Applicants are invited to send detailed curriculum vitae with names and addresses of three referees and direct any enquiries to the Human Resources Office, 13/F, Li Ka Shing Tower, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hung Hom, Kowloon, Hong Kong [Fax: (852) 2764 3374; E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org], quoting position applied for and reference number. Recruitment will continue until the position is filled. Initial consideration of applications will commence in May 2012.
Candidature may be obtained by nomination. The University reserves the right not to fill this post or to make an appointment by invitation. General information about the University is available on the University’s Homepage http://www.polyu.edu.hk or from the Human Resources Office [Tel: (852) 2766 5306]. The University Personal Information Collection Statement for recruitment can be found at http://www.polyu.edu.hk/hro/jobpics.htm.