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HKU Global Professoriate Recruitment Campaign

We’ve been targeting data science recruits since the launch of the HKU-100 Global Recruitment Exercise in 2021, and we’re expecting to increase the number of new hires in the coming years for the data science cluster.  The University is determined to dedicate its efforts to developing this relatively new but potentially highly rewarding area, delivering world-class data science research. With the injection of funding from both the University through its global recruitment campaign and the Musketeers Foundation through its generous donation, we believe the new Institute is set for success in its research and educational work.

HKU Global Professoriate Recruitment Campaign

The University of Hong Kong (HKU) is recruiting 30 outstanding academics in data science and/or big data related fields with potential for scientific and scholarly breakthroughs to join its newly established Institute of Data Science (HKU-IDS) as assistant, associate, or full professors, on tenure-track or with direct tenure.

To achieve strategic cluster recruitment, applications are invited for positions in the two major themes of data science:

  • Core: fundamentals in machine learning and artificial intelligence, big data systems, data security and privacy, natural language processing, Bayesian learning, casual inference, decision making under uncertainty, interface between optimization and machine learning
  • Applied: the use of data science in computational social science, bioinformatics, medicines, Fintech, visions and robotics, and smart cities

We are seeking dedicated and creative scholars to help build up HKU-IDS through active research and strong commitment to teaching and mentoring of students. We welcome outstanding candidates from diverse disciplines in computer science, statistics, optimization, applied mathematics, social science, bioinformatics, business, and other related areas to apply.

Each successful candidate will be jointly appointed in HKU-IDS and the academic department at HKU best aligned with the candidate’s work.

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Enquiries for recruitment details can be sent to: datascience@hku.hk

Post-doctoral Fellow in Optimization/Machine Learning

Position

Applications are invited for the appointment as Post-doctoral Fellow in the Department of Mathematics and HKU Musketeers Foundation Institute of Data Science (HKU-IDS), to commence as soon as possible no later than fall 2022 for at least one year, with the possibility of renewal subject to satisfactory performance. A highly competitive salary commensurate with qualifications and experience will be offered, in addition to annual leave and medical benefits.

Qualification

  • They should have research background in optimization or machine learning. Applicants with research areas in stochastic or nonconvex optimization are preferred, while individual research interests will also be taken into consideration.
  • Applicants should possess a Ph.D. degree in Mathematics, Computer Science, Industrial Engineering or a related area.
  • Applicants with extensive research experience, strong skills in mathematics are welcome to apply. Proficiency in coding languages such as MATLAB, Python or R is preferred.

Application

An up-to-date C.V., a cover letter, a list of publications and 2 academic references are required. If interested, the applicants may email their C.V. and a cover letter to Dr. Yue Xie (yxie21@hku.hk) first. Any enquiry can be sent to the same email address.

About the mentor

The appointee will be working under the supervision of Dr. Yue Xie, who joined Department of Mathematics and HKU-IDS at HKU in November, 2021 as a research assistant professor. He was a postdoc at UW Madison working in the nonconvex optimization group led by Professor Stephen J. Wright. He received his PhD degree in Pennsylvania State University and Bachelor degree from Tsinghua University. Dr. Yue Xie has been focusing on algorithm design and analysis to address nonconvex and stochastic optimization problems with all types of applications including machine learning and data science. He has published/served as the referee of top-tier journals including Mathematical Programming, SIAM Journal on Optimization, and IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, etc. He has delivered numerous presentations at major international conferences such as International Conference on Continuous Optimization (ICCOPT), International Symposium on Mathematical Programming (ISMP), SIAM Conference on Optimization and International Conference on Machine Learning (ICML). More details about him can be found at: https://yue-xie.github.io.

IT Manager / Assistant IT Manager (at the rank of IT Officer) /
IT and Multimedia Executive (at the rank of IT Technician)

Position

Applications are invited for the appointment as IT Manager / Assistant IT Manager (at the rank of IT Officer) / IT and Multimedia Executive (at the rank of IT Technician) in the HKU Musketeers Foundation Institute of Data Science (HKU-IDS) (Job Ref.: 512297), to commence as soon as possible, on a two-year fixed-term basis with contract-end gratuity and University contribution to a retirement benefits scheme, totalling up to 10% of basic salary, with the possibility of renewal subject to satisfactory performance. A highly competitive salary commensurate with qualifications and experience will be offered, in addition to annual leave and medical benefits.

Qualification

Applicants should possess a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Information Engineering or related disciplines, with at least 3 years’ relevant experience. Those with less experience or lower qualifications may be considered for appointment as Assistant IT Manager or IT and Multimedia Executive.

A good command of written and spoken English and Chinese (including Cantonese), good articulation, communication, problem-solving skills are essential.

Applicants should have good knowledge and work experience in some of the following areas:

  • Able to perform system analysis and design process;
  • Solid knowledge in PHP, JavaScript and major Database systems such as MySQL and SQL Server;
  • Competency in visual and graphic presentations (including live event and streaming video production) and web programming languages/tools (e.g. CSS3, HTML5, PHP, MYSQL JavaScript);
  • Server administration (e.g. Linux Server, SQL Server and MySQL database server or Oracle database and Apple computer systems;
  • Extensive know-how in IT support, project management, information security, network infrastructure and system administration;
  • Management of computing facilities and AV equipment;
  • Experience in setting up and maintaining large data servers, as well as programming experience in data analysis and AI platform, will be a plus.

Scope of duties

The appointee will be responsible for IT solutions and support to the Institute’s management, research and curriculum development initiatives. H/She will provide IT support and enhancement to various web-based applications and materials as well as the Institute’s IT infrastructure, the automation of administrative operations and software development for grants application system. Moreover, he/she will handle publicity/administrative projects of the Institute, such as digital marketing, website/social media set-up and update, publicity material preparation, personal data protection and data archiving, and perform other duties as assigned.

Application

The University only accepts online application for the above post.  Applicants should apply online and upload an up-to-date C.V.  Review of applications will start on March 22, 2022, and continue until April 22, 2022, or until the post is filled, whichever is earlier.

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Senior Executive Assistant / Executive Assistant (at the rank of Clerk I / Clerk II)

Position

Applications are invited for the appointment as Senior Executive Assistant / Executive Assistant (at the rank of Clerk I / Clerk II) in the HKU Musketeers Foundation Institute of Data Science (HKU-IDS) (Job Ref.: 512470), to commence as soon as possible, on a two-year fixed-term basis with contract-end gratuity and University contribution to a retirement benefits scheme, totalling up to 10% of basic salary, with the possibility of renewal subject to satisfactory performance. A highly competitive salary commensurate with qualifications and experience will be offered, in addition to annual leave and medical benefits.

Qualification

Applicants should possess a good Bachelor’s degree with at least 2 year’s work experience preferably in tertiary institutions. They should have a good command of written and spoken English and Chinese (including Putonghua and Cantonese); good interpersonal, communication and organisational skills, computer literacy; with the ability to multitask under pressure and work independently as well as in a team.

They should also be detail-oriented and self-motivated with a strong sense of responsibility. Those who are strong in IT knowledge will be a plus. Non-degree holders with substantial relevant working experience will also be considered.

Scope of duties

The appointee will assist in financial accounting matters, inventory and budgetary control. H/she will provide administrative and clerical support for events and academic programmes such as taught postgraduate programmes the daily operation of the department including matters related to human resources, finance and research, secretarial support for faculty members, and perform other duties as assigned. Outstanding candidates with higher qualifications will be considered for Senior Executive Assistant. Shortlisted candidates will be invited to attend a written test and an interview.

Application 

The University only accepts online application for the above post.  Applicants should apply online and upload an up-to-date C.V.  Review of applications will commence as soon as possible and continue until May 10, 2022, or until the post is filled, whichever is earlier.

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Enquiries for recruitment details can be sent to: datascience@hku.hk