Postdoctoral Fellow (Intellectual Property Law)

Job Description & Qualification


Applications are invited for:-

Faculty of Law
Postdoctoral Fellow (Intellectual Property Law)
(Ref. 190000MT)

Intellectual property (IP) issues have played an important part in US-China trade relations. With rapid industrial development in China, the very nature of IP issues between these two countries have transformed dramatically from piracy and counterfeiting to the alleged systematic theft of high-end technologies. This transformation has led to some challenging policy debates relevant to forced technology transfer, cybersecurity and trade secret leakage, cross-border transmission of data, restrictions of 5G investment and procurement, etc. Each of these issues deserves more academic and policy discussion, which will benefit Sino-US trade relations and the economic development in the Asia-Pacific Region in the long run. In the meantime, Hong Kong has speeded up its policy promoting innovation and entrepreneurship based on its existing advantage as an international financial centre. IP policy will be crucial for the city to reinforce its importance in the digitally-networked globe.

In this context, the Faculty of Law at The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK Law) has an opening for a Postdoctoral Fellow position in intellectual property (IP) law, international trade and information policy to work on the “The Role of IP in Sino-US Relations”, under its Impact Postdoctoral Fellowship Scheme. Applicants are expected to work with Professor Jyh-An Lee to produce research with a demonstrable impact for the legal community, non-governmental organisations and other beneficiaries.

This appointment is designed to cultivate early-stage academics with a keen interest in making a significant “Impact” on society. Impact is defined “as the demonstrable contributions, beneficial effects, valuable changes or advantages that research qualitatively brings to the economy, society, culture, public policy or services, health, the environment or quality of life; and that are beyond the academia.” The notion of “Impact” is becoming a major aspect of Research, as evidenced by the increasing emphasis put on impact in the Research Excellent Framework (REF) in the United Kingdom and the Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) in Hong Kong. Hence, the appointee will be expected to take part in designing and conducting research in innovative ways, with a view to have a positive effect on identified beneficiaries.

Applicants should have (i) a PhD or equivalent in Law, ideally Intellectual Property Law, Information Law, or Innovation Policy; (ii) demonstrated academic capabilities and/or practical experience in intellectual property law, information law, or innovation technology (ideally with publications in these fields); (iii) capacity to interact with the industry and/or policy-makers; and (iv) a strong command of English.

Responsibilities of the appointee are exclusively research-related and consist in working under the supervision of the Principal Investigator on the Role of IP in the Sino-US Relations. Duties include (a) writing research reports and publish in reputable academic outlets; (b) hosting workshops to present findings; and (c) organising and liaising with identified beneficiaries.

Appointment will initially be made on contract basis for one year commencing August 2019, renewable subject good performance, funding availability and mutual agreement.

Applicants should submit the following documents in the online application: (1) a detailed curriculum vitae; (2) a description of research interest and direction; (3) a list of publications; (4) a list of two referees with full contact information; and (5) any other supporting documents.

For more information, please contact Professor Jyh-An Lee at

About CUHK Law:

The Faculty of Law at The Chinese University of Hong Kong is one of the most dynamic and successful law schools in Asia. Since admitting its first students in 2006 it has grown in scale and reputation. With more than 1,300 students enrolled in its programmes (LLB, LLM, JD, Postgraduate Certificate in Laws and MPhil/PhD) it is the largest provider of legal education in Hong Kong, and it is ranked in the top 50 law schools worldwide by both the Times Higher Education and QS rankings systems. Its strength in research was recognised in the 2014 Research Assessment Exercise conducted by the Hong Kong University Grants Committee when it was ranked ahead of all other law schools in Hong Kong with 64% of its research ranked as “world leading” or “internationally significant”.

Further information about the Faculty is available at

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