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Position: Comparative Literature, Assistant Professor, School of Humanities, University of Hong Kong

Founded in 1911, The University of Hong Kong is committed to the highest international standards of excellence in teaching and research, and has been at the international forefront of academic scholarship for many years. Ranked 21st among the top 200 universities in the world by the UK’s Times Higher Education, the University has a comprehensive range of study programmes and research disciplines spread across 10 faculties and about 100 sub-divisions of studies and learning. There are over 23,400 undergraduate and postgraduate students coming from 50 countries, and more than 1,200 members of academic and academic-related staff, many of whom are internationally renowned.

Assistant Professor in the School of Humanities (Comparative Literature) (Ref.: 20110322)

Applications are invited for appointment as Assistant Professor in the School of Humanities (Comparative Literature), from August 2012 or as soon as possible thereafter on a three-year fixed-term basis, with the possibility of renewal. Appointee with demonstrated performance will be considered for tenure towards the end of the second three-year contract.

The department of Comparative Literature enjoys a reputation as a leader in literary, theoretical, and cultural studies using cross-cultural materials and interdisciplinary approaches. Main areas of research and teaching in the department include visual cultures and film studies, literature, critical theory, feminism and gender studies, postcolonial, Hong Kong, and China studies, and new media and global studies. The department offers B.A., M.Phil. and Ph.D. degree programmes, and has excellent teaching and research facilities and support. The University and the Hong Kong Research Grants Council provide substantial competitive funding for research projects of all kinds. Information about the department can be obtained at

Applicants should possess a Ph.D. degree in Comparative Literature or a related field. The department seeks applicants who are strongly committed to teaching and research in literary and cultural studies in Asian and/or China-West contexts. Those with a strong publication record and experience in teamwork will have an advantage. The appointee will be expected to teach a range of courses at undergraduate and postgraduate levels presented in theoretical, postcolonial, global, and comparative frames. Courses may include introductory film and literature, gender and sexuality, as well as drama and poetry.

Annual salary will be in the range of HK$484,980 – 749,520 (approximately US$1 = HK$ 7.8) (subject to review from time to time at the entire discretion of the University), with starting salary depending on qualifications and experience. At current rates, salaries tax does not exceed 15% of gross income. The appointment carries leave and medical/ dental benefits. 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.


To ensure full consideration, applicants should submit an application letter, an up-to-date curriculum vitae, a 1-3 page description of dissertation and/or current research project, a sample syllabus in literary and cultural studies as well as arrange to have three confidential references (quoting Ref.: 20110322) sent directly by the referees to the Assistant Registrar (Appointments), Human Resource Section, Registry, The University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam Road,

Shortlisted candidates may be invited to attend an interview.

Further particulars and application forms (152/708) can be obtained at; or from the Appointments Unit (Senior), Human Resource Section, Registry, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong (fax: (852) 2540 6735 or 2559 2058; e-mail: Closes September 30, 2011. Candidates who are not contacted within 4 months of the closing date may consider their applications unsuccessful.

The University is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to a No-Smoking Policy


Primary Category: Literature

Secondary Categories:   Cultural History / Studies; Film and Film History; Humanities

Posting Date:   05/31/2011

Closing Date    08/29/2011

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