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Postdoctoral Fellow

Based in The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Happy Ageing Lab (HAL) is a SKPF-supported think tank, connecting academics, design and health professionals to innovate housing solutions for an ageing population. To promote (i) ageing-in-place, (ii) intergenerational living, and (iii) healthy ageing, the Lab targets to expand the housing choices available in the market by developing implementable, innovative housing prototypes through research, knowledge exchange and industry engagement. 


We are looking for one Postdoctoral Fellow / Research Associate to lead our research development, facilitate different research activities, and present researching findings in report and academic publications.  

Postdoctoral Fellow

About the Role

As a think tank, the Lab innovates housing solutions through field study and research, public engagement, and prototype experiments with our collaborators and the housing industry at large. 


Your role as a postdoctoral fellow / research associate will be planning and delivering innovative housing solutions for an ageing population, with research, prototype development, and industry/professional engagement, in the format of self-conducted studies and/or assisting the Principal Investigator (PI). 


Our team faithfully believes every team member will bring something new, exciting and unique, whether it is your ideas, insights, experience, know-how, skills or even connections. To celebrate such autonomy, you will be expected to work independently, identify new directions, decide the study approaches, set the research tasks and schedule, and communicate with our docents, collaborators and stakeholders. 


You will also work hand-in-hand with other senior members in grant applications and fund pitching. 


In short, we are looking for someone who is enthusiastic in solving problems faced by our seniors in Hong Kong and shows great willingness to engage in social / participatory / design research on the needs of community, ageing, and housing. 

Your Duty as Our Team Leader

+ Assist and support managing, coordinating, and implementing the research activities of projects; 


+ Design research plans and research methods; 


+ Carry out data collection, analyses, and developing research instruments; 


+ Analyse qualitative and quantitative data; 


+ Conduct field research in housing developments in Hong Kong;  


+ Present research findings in reports and academic publications (top priority); and  


+ Facilitate grant application and proposal writing. 


+ Doctoral / PhD degree (for Postdoctoral Fellow) or a Master Degree (for Research Associate) in Urban Studies, Urban Planning, Geography, Public Health, Geriatric, Social Works, Psychology, Journalism or Social Science;  


+ Strong statistical and analytical skills; 


+ Excellent command of English and Chinese (Cantonese is a must for community engagement activities); 


+ Good interpersonal and communication skills; 


+ Knowledge and skills of quantitative and qualitative data analysis software; 


+ Sound experience in conducting high-quality research and authoring/ co-authoring high-quality academic publications (a good track-record would be required); 


+ Strong initiative and teamwork spirit; and  


+ Self-motivation and the ability to work independently. 


Candidates with less experience will be considered for a Research Associate position. 


Preference will be given to candidates with hands-on experience in research related to ageing, intergeneration, community health and well-being, and housing. Applicants who intend to work full-time in Hong Kong will be considered.  Appointment will initially be made on contract basis for one year commencing May/June 2022, renewable subject to good performance and mutual agreement. 


A competitive remuneration package will be offered.

Interested applicants are invited to contact Prof. MO Kar Him at email ( with the following materials for consideration (application with missing information will not be considered):

+ Cover letter;

+ Resume with current and expected salary;

+ Two Writing samples (one in English and one in Chinese) – the work itself should be solely written by you;

+ Transcript (all degrees obtained);

+ Design/creative portfolio (if you are from the design or art discipline); and

+ Two referees’ names (we will contact the referees if you are shortlisted after our interview)

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