The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) is a dynamic, young research university with a diverse international student body and faculty. Since the university’s founding in 1991, the physics department has grown from nine to 38 faculty members and now has more than 190 research graduate students.
Why work for us
Situated on a hillside overlooking scenic Clear Water Bay at the eastern edge of Hong Kong and the southeastern coast of China, HKUST has rapidly established itself as a leading institution on the academic world map. The HKUST physics faculty members are currently working on a broad range of research areas, from the smallest to the largest scale. Their cutting-edge research is supported by critical infrastructure, specialized equipment, high-performance computer clusters, and services provided by the university’s Central Research Facilities.
Training and development
The physics department promotes the pursuit of cutting-edge research by cultivating a collaborative, supportive and cohesive research-intensive environment and the development of talent. The department has an inclusive academic/administrative committee structure that focuses on research strategy and planning; faculty recruitment; faculty mentoring, professional review and advancement; and postgraduate studies and affairs. In addition, the department has implemented a number of mechanisms to promote faculty diversity and to enhance the integration and professional development of junior faculty members.
The physics department manages and offers research postgraduate degrees (MPhil and PhD) in physics and in nanoscience and technology with an annual enrolment of 40–50 students. The department also manages a one-year taught Master of Science programme on data-driven modelling with an enrolment of approximately 60 students. Our postgraduate programmes are built upon our long-standing practices for educational enrichment, quality assurance and career development. They prepare students to attain a broad horizon of careers from academic institutions to high-tech industries.
What we are looking for
The department’s goals for future growth are to enhance existing core strengths and build up world-class capabilities in rapidly developing areas aligned with university initiatives, such as data science, new energy materials, and quantum technologies. To achieve these goals, the department will strive to continuously attract outstanding new faculty members at all ranks, and it plans to fill 10 new faculty positions in the next few years.
Number of employees
Main areas of research
Cold atoms, optics and quantum information; condensed-matter experiments and advanced materials; condensed-matter theory, statistical and computational physics; particle physics and cosmology; soft matter and biological physics; metamaterials, photonic and phononic crystals
We seek (i) experimental candidates in quantum matter and quantum information, including quantum and low-dimensional materials, materials with strong electronic correlations, cold atoms, quantum optics, and quantum enabled technologies; (ii) theoretical candidates in condensed matter theory, statistical physics, neural networks or data analytics; and (iii) experimental and theoretical candidates in high-energy theory and cosmology, particle physics experiment, and observational cosmology
Desired degree disciplines/class
Must possess a PhD in physics or related field and provide evidence of strong research productivity
How to apply
Apply online physics.ust.hk/eng/detail.php?otherid=3
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