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Postdoctoral Fellow

About Happy Ageing Lab

Based in The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Happy Ageing Lab Foundation is a think tank supported by ZeShan Foundation, Ho Cheung Shuk Yuen Foundation, and CUHK S-KPF, connecting academics, design and health professionals to innovate housing solutions for an ageing population. To promote ageing-in-place, intergenerational living, and 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 Research Intern to support our research development and R&D collaborations with a focus on housing design/ services for the ageing population. 

Join us

We’re looking for someone who is exceptionally passionate and care about our seniors in Hong Kong and has a genuine interest in social/ participatory/ design research on community needs, ageing, and housing.

About the Role - Research Intern

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

  

Your role as a Research Intern will be to assist in self-initiated housing studies, consultancy projects, and collaborative research in the academic, private, and public sectors. 

  

We are looking for someone who is exceptionally passionate about seniors in Hong Kong with a genuine interest in community research and participatory design on topics relating to ageing and housing. 

You will be able to: 

+ Learn about Happy Ageing Lab and the latest development in innovative age-friendly housing design, senior housing, planning of age-friendly neighbourhoods, elder care, and initiatives supporting ageing-in-place; 

  

+ Acquire practical training and knowledge in project and research execution; and 

 

+ Gain a better understanding of the nature of multi-disciplinary collaboration and the work environment at a social enterprise.  

Your Duty as Our Teammate

+ Assist with research and consultancy projects to innovate housing solutions for the ageing population with collaborators and industry stakeholders; 

 

+ Support research tasks, including but not limited to data collection, desktop research, community outreach, engagement activities (e.g. design thinking workshops); 

 

+ Support the project team to deliver high-quality research deliverables, such as reports, presentations, prototype experiments, and public engagement activities; 

 

+ Support copywriting and/or visual presentations for programme content and publicity materials; and 

 
+ Undertake ad hoc projects and other duties as assigned. 

Requirements

+ As a full-time undergraduate or postgraduate majoring in Urban Planning, Architecture, Social Work, or a related subject; 

 

+ Experience in community-oriented and/or built environment research consultancy project; 

  

+ A sound understanding in different research methodologies (including but not limited to, case studies, questionnaire survey, in-depth interview, and focus group), quantitative and qualitative data analysis, and community engagement and workshop organisation; 

  

+ Excellent communications and interpersonal skills with the capacity to motivate and lead with enthusiasm and empathy; 

  

+ A motivated team player with the ability to take self-initiatives in a collaborative working environment; 

  

+ Excellent command on MS PowerPoint, Word, Excel, Illustrator, and Photoshop, and experienced user in SPSS (or equivalent) and GIS (or equivalent) will have added advantage; and 

  

+ Be able to work flexible hours for specific community engagement activities when required. 

Preference

Preference will be given to candidates with hands-on experience in research related to housing, ageing, intergeneration, community health and well-being. Only applicants who intend to work full-time in Hong Kong will be considered.   

Working Schedule and Remuneration

+ Part-time for 1-2 weekdays a week, and some weekends when there are programmes. Extra working days may be required during peak season. 

 

+ A competitive salary will be offered for the internship. 

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

+ Cover letter

+ Resume with current and expected salary and earliest availability; 

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

+ Transcript(s) (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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