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Professor of Buddhist Studies

Ref.: 495782
Work type: Full-time
Department: Faculty of Arts (04000)
Categories: Professoriate Staff

THE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG

Professor of Buddhist Studies

Founded in 1911, The University of Hong Kong (HKU) is committed to the highest standards of excellence in teaching and research. The University has been at the forefront of academic scholarship for many years, and offers a comprehensive range of study programmes and research disciplines spread across 10 faculties and over 140 academic departments and institutes/centres. English is the medium of teaching, research and administration.

HKU has a total of around 28,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students who are recruited globally, and more than 2,000 members of academic and academic-related staff coming from multi-cultural backgrounds, many of whom are internationally renowned.

The Centre of Buddhist Studies

The Centre of Buddhist Studies is part of the Faculty of Arts and the first centre of Buddhist Studies in Hong Kong. It was officially inaugurated in 2002 to promote the study of and research into all aspects of Buddhism and its relevance to the world of today. The Centre is a self-funded academic centre with generous support from benefactors, and it offers a broad range of programmes in Buddhist studies at the undergraduate, taught postgraduate, and research postgraduate (M.Phil./Ph.D.) levels. Courses are taught by a team of 16 renowned Buddhist scholars and academic staff from around the world, and focus on the fundamental understanding of Buddhist history, culture and doctrines as well as their interdisciplinary and practical relevance. Further information about the Centre of Buddhist Studies can be obtained at https://www.buddhism.hku.hk/.

The Role

The Faculty of Arts seeks to appoint a senior scholar in Buddhist Studies. The ideal candidate will be a world-leading academic with a commitment to excellence in teaching and an established record of research and publications in his/her area of expertise. Capacity in one or more classical Buddhist languages (Chinese, Sanskrit and/or Tibetan) and expertise in Buddhist philosophy (especially Abhidharma and Yogācāra) would be distinct advantages.

Accountable to the Dean of the Faculty and the Centre Director, the appointee will make key contributions to the Centre’s strategic development, including the development of a new undergraduate degree programme. He/She will lead the development of interdisciplinary research initiatives, fostering academic collaborations locally, regionally and internationally. In addition, the appointee will direct research and teaching activities, bringing to the role both experience in supervising research students as well as undergraduate teaching experience in Buddhist philosophy, Indian religion and/or Chinese religion.

Terms of Appointment

The successful candidate may be considered for appointment on tenure terms. A highly competitive salary commensurate with qualifications and experience will be offered in addition to annual leave and medical benefits.  At current rates, salaries tax does not exceed 15% of gross income. The appointment will attract a University contribution to a retirement benefits scheme, totalling up to 15% of basic salary, as well as annual leave, and medical benefits.  Housing benefits will be provided as applicable.

How to Apply

The executive search firm Perrett Laver is working with HKU in this recruitment exercise. To apply, or to download further information about the role, please visit https://candidates.perrettlaver.com/vacancies/ quoting reference number 4061.

Initial inquiries may be directed to Priscilla Tse by email (Priscilla.Tse@perrettlaver.com) or by phone +852 3702 6492.

Applications should consist of a covering letter together with an up-to-date CV. The deadline for applications is July 13, 2019.

The University is committed to diversity and inclusivity.  To promote gender diversity and professional advancement of women as well as men, the Faculty of Arts expressly encourages qualified persons from both genders to apply.

 

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