Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU) has taken a strategic approach to the research and development of drugs based on traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine (CHM) with the establishment of the Centre for Chinese Herbal Medicine Drug Development in the Health@InnoHK cluster (The Centre).

For years, the University has been focusing on the translation of Chinese medicinal wisdom into pharmaceutical products using cutting-edge technology. The Centre will serve as a strategic platform for HKBU researchers to join forces with renowned global partners and expand the range of CHM-based drugs. It will achieve this goal by enhancing the quality of preclinical and clinical CHM research and transforming the results into pharmaceutical products for international markets.

The Centre has three main objectives:

  • Creating a platform for the development of CHM-based drugs, including the functional units of preclinical and clinical studies, such as pharmacognosy, pharmacology, toxicology, pharmacokinetics/pharmacodynamics, omics and bioinformatics;
  • Developing new CHM-based drugs to fill the gaps in the market; and
  • Nurturing talent for CHM research in Hong Kong.

Centre for Chinese Herbal Medicine Drug Development

Assistant Director (Administration) (PR0235/20-21)

Reporting directly to the Centre Director, the Assistant Director (Administration) will lead a small administrative team in setting up the administrative system and subsequently be responsible for the overall administration and operation of the Centre.

Job Duties:

  • To work closely with relevant Government bureau and associated organisations (including the Innovation and Technology Commission and the Hong Kong Science and Technology Park) in fulfilling all requirements and ascertaining necessary supports for the Centre’s operation;
  • To work closely with all relevant internal academic and administrative units on matters related to the Centre;
  • To work closely and build bonding with overseas collaborators;
  • To lead a small team of administrative staff in setting up the Centre and subsequently its daily operation;
  • To serve as the secretary to the Governance Board;
  • To ensure effective administration including the formulation and implementation of policies and procedures;
  • To oversee and monitor annual budgets and other resources of the Centre;
  • To support other operations and businesses including applications for research grants and intellectual properties; and
  • To be responsible for any other duties as assigned by the Centre Director.


  • A Bachelor’s degree, preferably a postgraduate qualification;
  • At least 15 years of diversified administrative experience in tertiary education sector or research institutions;
  • An excellent command of written and spoken English and Chinese (Cantonese and Putonghua);
  • Self-motivated with strong communication and interpersonal skills;
  • Sound analytical and problem-solving abilities;
  • Experience in leading an administrative team; and
  • Be able to make sensitive judgements, solve problems and handle tasks independently.

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to attend a written assessment.

Initial appointment will be offered on a fixed-term contract of two years. Re-appointment thereafter will be subject to mutual agreement and availability of funding.

Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Application Procedure:

Applicants are invited to submit their applications at the HKBU e-Recruitment System ( Those not invited for interview 4 months after the closing date may consider their applications unsuccessful. Details of the University’s Personal Information Collection Statement can be found at

The University reserves the right not to make an appointment for the post advertised, and the appointment will be made according to the terms and conditions then applicable at the time of offer.

Closing date: Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

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