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Chair Professor/Professor/Associate Professor/Assistant Professor in the Department of Physics

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Global Search for Talent at City University of Hong Kong

Applications and nominations are invited for faculty positions of:

Chair Professor/Professor/Associate Professor/Assistant Professor in the Department of Physics [Ref. A/460/03]

City University of Hong Kong is a dynamic, fast-growing university that is pursuing excellence in innovation, creativity and research. The University is committed to nurturing and developing students’ talents and creating knowledge to support social and economic advancement.  

The Department of Physics aspires to become the leading physics department in the Asia-Pacific region. Presently, research activities within the department are broadly organized into five theme areas: Theory and Computational Physics; Spectroscopy and Imaging; Quantum Materials; Soft Matter and Biophysics; Atomic, Molecular, and Optical (AMO) Physics.  For more information about the department, please visit

With its global scholar recruitment campaign, the University aims to recruit outstanding scholars from all over the world in various disciplines. The Department of Physics has also launched its own strategic hiring campaign seeking outstanding candidates with expertise in the following research fields:

Theory and computational physics

  • High-energy physics/astrophysics/cosmology;
  • Statistical mechanics/complex systems/non-linear physics;
  • Machine learning/first-principles calculations/large-scale simulations.

Experimental physics

  • Quantum materials’ synthesis, particularly with expertise in single crystal growth.

Exceptional candidates outside these priority areas are also encouraged to apply. Successful candidates are expected to have an earned PhD in physics or closely related areas, evidence of the ability to build and lead an independent programme of research, and a strong commitment to both undergraduate and postgraduate teaching. 

Applications and nominations will be reviewed all year round until the positions are filled.  

Please visit the following for more information and application for the position and how to apply

City University of Hong Kong is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to the principle of diversity. Personal data provided by applicants will be used for recruitment and other employment-related purposes.

Worldwide recognition ranking #54 (QS 2023), and #4 among top 50 universities under age 50 (QS 2021); #1 in the World’s Most International Universities (THE 2020); #1 in Automation & Control/Electrical & Electronic Engineering/Materials Science & Engineering/Metallurgical Engineering/Nanoscience & Nanotechnology and #3 in Telecommunication Engineering in Hong Kong (GRAS 2022); and #41 Business School in the World and #4 in Asia (UT Dallas 2017 to 2021)


CITYU profile imageCityU is a young, fast-growing, research university. The Department of Physics was founded in 2017, building on the outstanding tradition of the former Department of Physics and Materials Science. The last Research Assessment Exercise conducted by the Research Grants Council of Hong Kong, ranked CityU’s physics second in Hong Kong. 

Why work for us
The department is undergoing major expansion. Our existing faculties conduct world-class research, and our teaching curriculum is internationally benchmarked. Hong Kong, Asia’s gateway to the world, provides excellent graduate student support, attracting top students from China, south-east Asia, and elsewhere in the world. As a truly international city, Hong Kong offers a unique lifestyle where East meets West, tradition meets contemporary, and mountains meet the ocean. Our compensation package is internationally competitive and commensurate with experience.

Training and development
Incoming faculty will have a major role to play in shaping the future of the department. Generous support is provided to successful candidates, allowing them to quickly set up research groups. International collaboration is strongly encouraged, with funding support available at all levels: national, university, college and department. The Greater Bay Area initiative, which aims to transform the Pearl River region encompassing Hong Kong, Macau, and nearby cities in Guangdong, to an international center of innovation, offers unparallel opportunities for new researchers to excel.

What we are looking for
We are looking for candidates with a strong research record and promising teaching ability, with the goal to establish a world-class research program.

Applications are sought in the broad research themes: theory and computational physics; spectroscopy and imaging; quantum materials; soft matter and biophysics; atomic, molecular, and optical physics. Applicants of all experience levels are welcome. An initial appointment will normally be made on a fixed-term contract; the appointee can apply for substantiation or tenure during the second contract. Exceptional candidates can be appointed at higher ranks with tenure. Applicants in underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply. 

Hong Kong

Number of employees

Research areas for recruitment
Theoretical and computational physics:
– high-energy physics/astrophysics/cosmology
– statistical mechanics/complex systems/non-linear physics
– machine learning/first-principles calculations/large-scale simulations

Experimental physics:
– quantum materials’ synthesis, particularly with expertise in single crystal growth

Desired degree disciplines/class
A PhD in physics or a related field

How to apply
For further details, visit

Closing date
All year round

Tel +852 3442-9140

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Hong Kong

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