Chair Search, Department of Materials Science and Engineering



Job description

Shenzhen, China

Southern University of Science and Technology (SUSTech) invites applications and nominations for the position of Chair of Department of Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) within the College of Engineering at SUSTech. We are seeking an international-renowned scholar with rich management experience, who can motivate the faculty and elevate the reputation of the growing department by identifying, attracting, recruiting and retaining talented students, faculty and staff. The compensation package at SUSTech is globally competitive (including US and Hong Kong) and commensurate with experience and qualifications.

Job Description
The Chair of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering will lead a research intensive department, providing vision in concert with strategic planning for the department that aligns with the goals and strategic plan for the university. The Chair will lead the department to advance and accelerate research, innovation and education and facilitate collaborations across the university as well as nationally and internationally. The Chair will be responsible for departmental budget and strategic planning; personnel and facilities management; student cultivation and curriculum development; in addition to performing other duties as assigned.


Minimum Qualifications
(a) Possess an earned doctorate from an accredited institution in Materials Science and Engineering or a closely related field;
(b) Have a proven track record of teaching, scholarship, and leadership that warrants a tenured appointment at the rank of Full Professor;
(c) Have demonstrated successful administrative leadership experience in higher education such as the director of a research center or research institute, chair/head of an academic department, or comparable position with responsibilities that included budgets, strategic planning, personnel management, performance reviews, and promotion and tenure decisions;
d) Have familiarized with higher education systems.

About SUSTech
Southern University of Science and Technology?SUSTech?is a public research intensive university established in 2011 and funded by Shenzhen Municipality. By providing generous funding, Shenzhen municipality is fully committed to the development of SUSTech as a world-class research intensive university that excels in research and the cultivation of innovative talents. The university features a 1:10 faculty/student ratio and emphasizes international standards, advanced interdisciplinary studies, innovation, and entrepreneurship. SUSTech uses English as instruction language. We welcome applicants from all cultural and ethnic backgrounds.

Currently, SUSTech has about 380 tenured or tenure-track faculty members, including 26 distinguished members of national academies of domestic and foreign countries, and has more than 6,470 students, including 4,256 undergraduate students and 2,214 postgraduate students. Hitherto, SUSTech has received many recognitions. In 2018, SUSTech was ranked No. 26 in the “Nature Index” among all mainland universities of China. The “Nature Index 2018 Rising Stars” showed that among the world’s 100 fastest-rising organizations, SUSTech was ranked the 4th in the world, and the 1st in China among young universities established after 1988. In the latest Times Higher Education (THE) World Universities Rankings, SUSTech was ranked the 8th among all the universities in mainland China in 2019.

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About Department of MSE
Founded in July 2013, the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at SUSTech currently has 25 full-time tenured and tenure-track faculty members, with a plan to grow into a size of 40 faculty in the next few years. The department has about 120 undergraduate students and over 200 graduate students. The MSE program aims to equip students with knowledge, methods and tools for engaging in the frontier research and development of new materials. In addition to education of science and engineering knowledge, the MSE program also emphasizes on cultivating students with intuition of innovation, spirit of team work, and skills of leadership.

The department engages in a broad scope of advanced materials research, including electronic information materials, energy and environmental materials, biological and medical materials, functional materials, as well as advanced materials processing and manufacturing. The MSE program at SUSTech plays a leading role in the frontiers of materials research; the national strategic development plan in materials; and the R&D needs of the local industries in the Pearl River Delta and Shenzhen municipality.
SUSTech provides a world-class research infrastructure to support cutting-edge research, including electron microscope imaging center, micro and nanofabrication facility, materials characterization center, biosciences center, supercomputing platform, and the state-of-the-art machine shop.

In 2018, the materials science at SUSTech was ranked among top 1% in the Essential Science Indicators (ESI) database.

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How to apply

All inquiries, nominations, and applications are strongly encouraged and will be considered in confidence. Application materials should include a letter addressing how the candidate’s experiences match the position requirements, a comprehensive curriculum vitae and contact information of five references to the College HR secretary’s mailbox ( [email protected]). The search committee is committed to respecting the confidentiality of each candidate.

The position will remain open until filled.