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Assistant Professor in Anthropology

Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Hong Kong (HK)
Starting salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Closing date
Nov 11, 2023

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Position Type
Cultural Anthropology
Full Time
Medical Anthropology
Organization Type
Level of Experience
Any level of experience considered

Job Details

The Division of Humanities of the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) invites applications for a tenure-track position at the level of Assistant Professor in Anthropology.  The position is for a cultural anthropologist with a background in health and/or medical issues.  While the geographical area is open, it should complement the regional strengths of the Division of Humanities and the University.  The position will strengthen the new emphasis of Anthropology in the Division on cultural anthropology at the intersection of health and medicine.

Applicants should either have or will receive a PhD degree in Anthropology by August 2024 from a reputable university.  The successful candidate should demonstrate a strong commitment to excellence in research and teaching and show promise for publications with international impact.  Prior publications in cultural anthropology in areas relating to health and medicine, especially in leading journals, will be highly valued.

Further information

This new position in anthropology is intended to contribute to an emerging cluster of expertise in the study of science, technology, and society.  Enquiries about the post should be sent to Professor James Simpson, Chair of the Search and Appointments Committee at

In addition to a master’s degree program in Chinese Culture and research postgraduate degree programs at master’s and doctoral levels, the Division of Humanities offers general education courses for all undergraduates at HKUST.  Together with the Division of Social Science, the Division of Humanities offers a multidisciplinary undergraduate major program of BSc in Global China Studies. Further information about the Division can be found at

Starting salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.  Fringe benefits including annual leave, medical and dental benefits will be provided.  Housing benefits will also be provided where applicable.  Initial appointment will normally be on a three-year contract, renewable subject to mutual agreement.  A gratuity will be payable upon successful completion of contract.

Application Procedure

Applications should be sent via Interfolio at with (i) a cover letter, including a statement of research and teaching; (ii) full CV; (iii) two writing samples of chapter/article length work, all in PDF format; and (iv) record of teaching performance and/or outlines of two proposed undergraduate courses.  Three reference letters should be submitted via Interfolio as the preferred method, or directly sent to  The Search and Appointments Committee of the Division will begin to review the applications from 7 November 2023.  The search will continue until the position is filled.



In 1989, the leaders of Hong Kong saw a need to build a new, research-focused university to support the city’s future ambitions—to become not just the financial hub of Asia, but also a center of knowledge advancement, economic growth and influence in the Pearl River Delta Region, leveraging Hong Kong’s unique status with China who just recently opened to reforms.

The herculean task—building an institution with global ambitions from the ground up—soon attracted a group of high-spirited scholars from around the globe, who embraced the challenge with open arms and started what would become the eventual Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.

“I am proud to see that HKUST has not diverted from the mission its founders have bestowed upon it – to create, and not to replicate; and to assist in the economic and social development of Hong Kong and beyond.”

-Professor Wei SHYY, President, HKUST

Today, HKUST has risen through the ranks and become a global powerhouse in tertiary education as a result of our continuous pursuit of excellence in everything we do, leaving its mark in life science, engineering, business education, humanities and social science, and much more. 

Innovation is in our DNA, and we welcome everyone to join our cause to change peoples’ lives for the better—as long as you are willing to defy the odds and push yourself beyond your limits to make a difference.

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