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Faculty Positions in Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences Thrust, HKUST(GZ)

Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences Thrust, Hong Kong University of Science & Technology (Guangzhou)
Guangzhou, Guangdong (CN)
Salary is highly competitive of international standard and will be commensurate with qualifications.
Closing date
Oct 17, 2023

Job Details

Formally established in June 2022, the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (Guangzhou)(HKUST(GZ)) is a cooperatively-run higher education institution between the Chinese mainland and the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. HKUST(GZ) has obtained approval from the Ministry of Education (MoE) and become the first legally-independent educational institution co-established by the Mainland and Hong Kong since the announcement and implementation of the “Outline Development Plan for the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area” and the “Overall Plan for Deepening Globally Oriented Comprehensive Co-operation amongst Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macao in Nansha of Guangzhou”.  Embracing a spirit of innovation, HKUST(GZ) pioneers cross-disciplinary education and explores groundbreaking pedagogies, aiming to serve as a model for mainland-Hong Kong integrated educational development and become a renowned global university that nurtures future-oriented, highly-skilled, and innovative talents.

To address the complex challenges posed by a rapidly changing world, HKUST(GZ) has adopted an innovative cross-disciplinary academic structure, featuring "Hub" and "Thrust" instead of the traditional "school" and "department" organization. This revolutionary approach promotes interdisciplinary integration and fosters the growth of emerging and frontier disciplines, setting a new precedent in global higher education.

HKUST(GZ) comprises four Hubs: Function Hub, Information Hub, Systems Hub, and Society Hub, offering 15 postgraduate degrees. The university will admit its first undergraduate students in 2023, with initial programs focused on artificial intelligence, data science, and big data technology.

The Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences (EOAS) Thrust is a department within HKUST(GZ), aiming to become a leading educational and research entity in interdisciplinary studies of ocean-atmosphere-land interactions, with an emphasis on sustainable environmental management, climate risk identification, climate adaptation, and resilience. The EOAS employs a multidisciplinary approach, covering research in ocean physics and bio-geochemistry, atmospheric physics and chemistry, watershed hydrology, and earth surface sciences within coupled land-atmosphere, land-ocean, and atmosphere-ocean systems, as well as climate adaptation and resilience. Appointees are expected to engage in cutting-edge, innovative scientific research, undertake national-level research projects, and contribute to the advancement of multi-disciplinary initiatives.

Qualification of Candidates

We are currently seeking candidates with research backgrounds in oceanography, atmospheric science, climate change, earth system science and related fields. Specifically, we are interested in candidates specializing in the following research areas:

Earth and urban system science: e.g., earth and urban system observations and modeling, urban informatics, in-situ and satellite remote sensing, human-environment interactions and sustainability.

Climate adaptation and resilience: e.g., climate risk identification, assessment and modeling, ecosystem-based adaptation, water resources management and adaptation, climate-resilient health systems, climate-resilient agriculture and food systems, urban resilience.

Coastal oceanography: e.g., physical, biological, chemical, and fishery oceanography, as well as sea-air and land-sea interactions

Atmospheric sciences: e.g., atmospheric chemistry, air pollution and climate change interactions, climate science and atmospheric dynamics, cloud and aerosol process modeling, aerosol remote sensing, and aerosol-weather and aerosol-climate interactions

Hydrology and Earth Surface Processes: e.g., surface process and land-use modeling, water quality and management in surface and underground water, their physical, chemical, and biological processes

Candidates with expertise in these areas are encouraged to apply.

Applicants must hold a PhD degree in oceanography, atmospheric science, environmental science, climate change, or related fields, along with relevant research and teaching experiences.

For the Assistant Professor position, applicants should have a minimum of 2 years post-doctoral experience and strong research track records.

For the Associate Professor position, applicants should demonstrate a strong record of teaching, student supervision, and notable research and publication achievements.

For the Full Professor position, applicants should possess world-class academic achievements, strong academic leadership and reputation, and an excellent record of research and publications.

A good command of written and spoken English, as well as the ability to teach effectively in English, is required.

As the medium of instruction at HKUST(GZ) is English, the university is committed to promoting diversity in recruitment and ensuring equal opportunity employment. We strongly encourage suitable candidates from diverse backgrounds to submit their applications.

Remuneration and Conditions of Service

Salary for all positions is highly competitive at an international standard and will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. Generous research funds, ample laboratory space, and excellent research equipment and support will be provided.

All positions are tenure-track Chinese mainland appointments offered by the HKUST-GZ campus, in accordance with Chinese employment laws and regulations.

Appointments at the Professor rank and some Associate Professor ranks will be made on a substantive basis, while initial appointments for other tenure-track faculty ranks will be made on a fixed-term contract of up to three years.

Application Procedure

Please submit your application through the HKUST/HKUST(GZ) Recruitment System Via the APPLY button. You should first sign up to create your personal account. For more information, please visit the recruitment website (

Applications will be reviewed until all positions are filled.  We appreciate your interest and kindly note that only shortlisted candidates will be notified about the outcome of their application.

For inquiries regarding the recruitment system or general questions, please email Miss Li, Mumu, at with the subject line "Application to EOAS" and copy to the Thrust Head, Prof. Junyu Zheng, at

Please note that the information provided by applicants will be used for recruitment and other employment-related purposes. All application materials, including publication samples and scholarly/creative works, will be disposed of after the completion of the recruitment process.


The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST, has positioned itself as an international university which emphasizes on both teaching and research.  Over the years, HKUST has been making strides progressively in education, research, knowledge transfer, and community services.  Leveraging on the academic leadership in higher education and impending development of China's innovation-driven Greater Bay Area (GBA), HKUST welcomes the opportunity to establish a new campus in Guangzhou (GZ, ), the Mainland China. The new campus will synergize with and maintain the same academic standard as that of its Clear Water Bay (CWB) counterpart.  The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (Guangzhou) (HKUST(GZ)) will nurture talent and facilitate collaboration amongst Hong Kong, the Greater Bay Area (GBA) and beyond on education, research and commercialization, while strengthening knowledge transfer to bridge Hong Kong’s gap in high-tech manufacturing.

Thrust of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences (EOAS,  ) is a Department of HKUST (GZ).  The aim of the EOAS is to become a leading educational and research entity in the areas of earth surface process, oceanography, atmospheric science, which focuses on interdisciplinary studies of ocean-atmosphere-land interaction in the earth system for the regional sustainable environment and climate change.  It covers multidisciplinary study of physical, biogeochemical, watershed hydrological and earth surface sciences in the coupled system of land-sea, sea-ocean and atmosphere-ocean. Appointees are expected to engage in the cutting-edge and innovative scientific research; undertake national-level scientific research projects; and lead the development of disciplines.

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