Senior Research Assistant, Architectural Conservation Laboratory

University of Hong Kong
Job location: 
Hong Kong
Contract type: 
Application deadline: 
Friday, 10 November, 2017

Senior Research Assistant in the Architectural Conservation Laboratory in the Department of Real Estate and Construction (Ref.: 201701392) to commence on January 1, 2018 or as soon as possible thereafter, on a two-year fixed-term basis with contract-end gratuity and University contribution to a retirement benefits scheme, totalling up to 10% of basic salary.

Applicant should have a postgraduate qualification in Science (Material Science, Physics, Chemistry, Geology etc.) with research interest in built heritage conservation, and preferably with experience in applied science in conservation. Experience in characterisation and assessment of historic built fabric, and instrumental analysis are required (XRD application and basic wet chemistry application, as well as experience in salt analysis (Ion-Chromatography/ICP-OES/ ICP-AES) are preferred). They should also have competence in written and spoken English, and good teamwork skills. Experience/research interest in any of the following: XRF, XRD, FTIR, PLM (e.g. petrography), Raman, SEM, SEM-EDS, ICP-OES/ ICP-AES is desirable. Publications and/or research track record of built heritage conservation or applied science, teaching experience or basic knowledge of Chinese would be an advantage. The appointee will work on contract research and academic research projects related to architectural conservation: deterioration of building materials, investigation and conservation of decorated and non-decorated architectural finishes. He/She will also work on analytic investigations of building and cultural materials in the Architectural Conservation Laboratory (ACLab) and will help to further strengthen the collaboration with other laboratories on campus. He/She will be tasked with the organisation of equipment maintenance and equipment loan/measurement time organisation. He/She may also assist in teaching on the application of science in cultural heritage conservation in the courses related to the ACLab. Information about ACLab can be obtained at

A highly competitive salary commensurate with qualifications and experience will be offered, in addition to annual leave and medical benefits.

Applicants should send their cover letter and completed application form, together with an up-to-date C.V. by e-mail to
Application forms (345/1111) can be downloaded at
Further particulars can be obtained at
Closes November 10, 2017

The University places great emphasis on developing staff potential, and has in place a variety of development opportunities and assistance for staff at different stages of their career.

The University thanks applicants for their interest, but advises that only candidates shortlisted for interviews will be notified of the application result.