Postdoctoral Fellow (Criminal Justice)

Job Description & Qualification

The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Applications are invited for:-

Faculty of Law
Postdoctoral Fellow (Criminal Justice)
(Ref. 190000KF)

The Faculty of Law at The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK Law) has an opening for a Postdoctoral Fellow position under its Impact Postdoctoral Fellowship Scheme.

Impact is increasing taking on importance with respect to research, as evident by the emphasis on impact in the Research Excellent Framework (REF) in the United Kingdom and the Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) in Hong Kong. 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.

This appointment is designed to cultivate early-stage academics with a keen interest in making a significant contribution to society. The appointee will be expected to conduct research on various aspects relating to criminal justice. Research may include but is not limited to the following: sentencing, guilty pleas, procedural justice, access to justice and empirical analyses. The aim is to translate the research into demonstrable impact for the legal community, non-governmental organisations and other beneficiaries.

Applicants should have (i) a PhD (or equivalent qualification) in Law or Criminology/Criminal Justice obtained within the last five years; (ii) research interest in criminal justice, criminal law and/or law and society; (iii) existing publication record in recognized international journals, or book chapters and/or monographs with reputable publishers; and (iv) fluency in English and strong writing skills. A good command of statistics will be advantageous.

Duties include (a) conducting research projects relating to criminal justice that will likely make an impact to identified beneficiaries; (b) writing research reports and publish in reputable academic outlets; (c) hosting workshops to present findings; and (d) organising and liaising with identified beneficiaries.

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

Applicants should submit the following documents in the online application: (a) a detailed curriculum vitae; (b) a cover letter indicating the reason of applying for the post and including a description of research interest and direction; (c) a list of publications; (d) two recommendation letters; and (e) any other supporting documents.

For more information, please contact Professor Kevin Cheng 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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