[NetBehaviour] Search for the Founding Head of the Computational Media and Arts Thrust Area

Varvara Guljajeva varvarag at gmail.com
Wed Jun 29 09:59:36 CEST 2022

*TL;DR:* The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (GZ, China) is
looking to hire the founding head for its Computational Media and Arts
department / thrust area. Massive new campus, ample research funds and a
very competitive salary provided.

The University

Founded in 1991, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST)
is a world-renowned international research university dedicated to the
advancement of learning and scholarship, with special emphasis on
postgraduate education and close collaboration with industry, business, and
government. It promotes interdisciplinary studies and is dedicated to
educating all-rounded students to acquire a strong entrepreneurial spirit
and innovative thinking with a global outlook.

While the University is deeply rooted in Hong Kong, the Ministry of
Education of People's Republic of China officially approved the founding of
The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (Guangzhou) (HKUST (GZ))
in September 2019. HKUST (GZ) is being developed in Guangzhou, Chinese
mainland to complement the well-established disciplinary foundation at HKUST
. With its short history, HKUST has established a strong presence in the
global higher education scene and has been ranked among the top
universities by QS Universities Rankings and the Times Higher Education
Supplement. English is the medium of teaching, research and administration.
HKUST (GZ) is situated in Nansha District, Guangzhou, which is right in the
center of the Greater Bay Area, one of the most vibrant and dynamic regions
in the world, neighboring Shenzhen, Hong Kong, and Macao.

The CMA Thrust Area

HKUST (GZ) has established 4 transdisciplinary hubs and 16 thrust areas to
achieve maximum synergy in education and research. Among these is the
Computational Media and Arts (CMA) Thrust Area. The CMA promotes the
interplay of media arts, technology, and research and exploits the most
advanced technologies for creativity with a social impact. Composed of
faculty members and students from diverse backgrounds, such as media arts
 and computing, CMA is currently actively recruiting staff and students.

CMA is expected to grow to 30 faculty members and 200 research postgraduate
students within a few years with plans to add taught postgraduate and
undergraduate students in the future too.

Expected qualifications

The new head will be given much needed university resources to turn CMA into
one of the leading computational media and arts departments in the
world. Reporting
to the Dean of the Information Hub, the Head of CMA will be a
visionary, energetic
and open-minded academic expected to provide leadership and manage the
department in its diverse academic and administrative functions in the
HKUST brand  new campus in China.

The successful candidate will have


   A PhD degree preferably in a computational arts / digital arts / sonic
   arts / game arts / new media field or equivalent;

   Substantial experience in leadership positions in higher education /
   managing teams;

   Over 10 years of teaching experience  in higher education
(including supervision
   of postgraduate students);

   Proven scholarly work or art practice in relevant fields, such as
    computational arts and new media, with:


      exhibitions in top venues / solo or group exhibitions

      publications in journals / books / book chapters

      peer-reviewed publications in conferences

   Professional/industrial experience preferred;

   Experience of institutional collaboration with museums and galleries will
   be an asset;


   High proficiency in English.

Why join us?


   Thrust head salary comparable to US and Hong Kong institutions

   Tax rebate in the Greater Bay Area once eligible

   Generous fringe benefits


   On campus housing available

   All substantiation staff receive sizeable start-up fund (up to several
   million RMB)

   HKUST is ranked 34th out of the World’s Top 1300 Universities (QS 2022)

   Exclusive access to 2,000 sq. m brand new lab facilities with all the
   latest tools

   Ample time provided for research/arts practice


   Many other funding opportunities in the Greater Bay area

   Great community of interdisciplinary, international staff & students

   Private health insurance for staff and eligible family members residing
   in Chinese mainland

   Family-friendly campus

   New campus only 30 min by train from Hong Kong and 20 min from Shenzhen

Terms & Applications / Nominations

Concurrent with a professorial appointment, the appointment as Head will
normally be for an initial term of 3 years, and may be renewable for a
second term. Outstanding faculty joining the university will receive ample
funds to setup their research in Guangzhou.

Applications/nominations for the position are invited from well-qualified
and accomplished scholars. In addition to reputable academic qualification,
extensive teaching and research experience, the successful candidate must
have demonstrated capability to provide strong leadership at the tertiary
level. Proven capacity to interact effectively with government, industry
and commercial sectors is an advantage.

Application procedure

Interested parties should send:


   Full curriculum vitae

   Names and email address of 3 referees

   A vision statement of no more than 600 words (their vision for the
   department, plans for the future, strategy for success)

All materials should be sent to the Search Committee Chair for Headship of
CMA (gzrecruitinf at ust.hk). Review of applications will start as soon as
they are received and the search will continue until the position is filled.

Information provided by applicants will only be used for recruitment and
other employment-related purposes.

Further information

About HKUST (Guangzhou campus) https://hkust-gz.edu.cn/

Please visit https://cma.hkust-gz.edu.cn/ for more information about the
Computational Media and Arts team and program and the list of faculty



English is the medium of instruction and administration at HKUST (GZ).
HKUST(GZ) is committed to diversity in recruitment and equal opportunity
employment, and we strongly encourage suitable candidates of diverse
backgrounds to submit their applications.
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