Southern University of Science and Technology (SUSTech)

Chair, Department of Physics

Southern University of Science and Technology (SUSTech)

Shenzhen, China

Southern University of Science and Technology (SUSTech) invites applications and nominations for the position of Chair of Department of Physics within the College of Science 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, HK and SG) and commensurate with experience and qualifications.

Job Description

The Chair of the department of Physics will provide 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.



ŸPossess an earned doctorate from an accredited institution in physics or in a closely related field.

ŸHave a distinguished record of teaching, scholarship, and leadership that warrants a tenured appointment at the rank of Full Professor.

ŸHave 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, faculty recruitment, personnel management, performance reviews, and promotion and tenure decisions.

ŸHave familiarized with higher education systems.

2)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 mailbox ( The search committee is committed to respecting the confidentiality of each candidate.


For a full consideration, application materials should be received as soon as possible or no later than 31st Jan., 2020, although the position will remain open until filled.

About SUSTech

Southern University of Science and Technology (SUSTech) is a research-oriented public university founded in Shenzhen, China’s innovation center, to serve as a model for reforming the education system and modernizing the national university system. SUSTech has learned from world-class research institutions spanning the globe and has planned its academic disciplines based on the major needs and strategic industries emerging around the Pearl River Delta region. With the characteristic of research, innovation and entrepreneurship, the unique spirit of hard work, SUSTech aims to attract high-quality talents to its faculty, cultivate outstanding and innovative talents, achieve internationally excellent research outcomes, advance knowledge and promote the application of science and technology, and to become a world-class research university.

Currently, SUSTech has 18 departments/schools, there are about 380 tenure/tenure-track professors, 6470 students, including 4205 undergraduate students and 2214 graduate students. In 2019, SUSTech was ranked No. 26 in “Nature Index” among all mainland universities of China. The “Nature Index 2018 Rising Stars” showed that among world’s 100 fastest-rising organizations, SUSTech was ranked 4th in the list, which is No. 1 among young universities established after 1988. In the “Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2020”, SUSTech maintained its top ten ranking in mainland China, ranking equal ninth in mainland China and between 301st and 350th in the world.

For more information about SUSTech., please visit

About the Department of Physics

Founded in 2011, the Department of Physics has a current size of 35 full-time tenured and tenure-track faculty members, with a plan to grow into a size of 67 faculties in the next few years. The department provides four-year undergraduate programs in Physics and Applied physics, and also offers master and doctorial programs in Physics. There are about 180 undergraduate students and over 240 graduate students currently.

The Department of Physics now has 4 second-level subjects i.e. condensed matter physics, theoretical physics, computational physics and optics, while setting up biophysics, astrophysics and particle physics. More than 20 laboratories have been established, including 1 Provincial Key Laboratory and 2 Municipal Key Laboratories, equipped with more than 350 million (CNY) instruments including MBE, TEM, FIB, PLD, PPMS, STM, High-Performance Calculation System and so on. Hitherto, the departmental research support totaled more than 350 million (CNY), and its academic have published up to 880 papers in top journals of physics including Nature, Science, Physical Review Letters, Nature Physics, etc.

In the “Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2020”, the department of Physicsranked top ten in mainland China, and between 251st and 300th in the world.

For more information about the Dept. of Phys., please visit


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Chair, Department of Physics