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Positions Available:

Areas of current recruiting interest:

    - flexible / stretchable electronics

    - polymer synthesis: hydrogels, polyelectrolytes, polymer composites

    - sensors: physical, chemical, biological

    - actuators: soft/gel actuators

    - energy: supercapacitors, aqueous batteries

Postdoc Fellow / Associate Research Scientist:


- (salary highly competitive) (multiple projects begin in 2023 and 2024)

- Requires a PhD in Materials, Chemistry, Electrical Engineering, or related disciplines

- Application package should be sent to <derekho{at}>, including: 

1) Cover letter

2) Research statement

3) CV, w/ publication list

4) PDFs of first-author publications

Hong Kong ITC Postdoctoral Hub:

For postdoc applicants eligible to be hired under the Hong Kong ITC Postdoctoral Hub (graduated from top 100 institutions  worldwide from qualified disciplines or from a Hong Kong university), salary can reach $35000/month with a residence allowance of $10000/month (i.e., a total of $45000/month). If this applies to you, please state clearly the discipline and rank in cover letter/email.

PhD Student:

(I) CityU Mandatory:

     English test score (minimum TOFEL = 79, or IELTS = 6.5, or CET6 = 490) [test taken within 2 years]

     - e.g. 1: IELTS 8.5, taken more than 2 years ago. Fail.

     - e.g. 2: CET6 491, taken within 2 years. Pass.

     University requirement, at least one degree must be from Double First-Class List. If bachelor, GPA must be > 85.

(II) Research Group Mandatory: 

     At least one first-author published or accepted journal paper

Meeting above requirements does not guarantee admission. However, not meeting the requirements need not apply.

Please send the following info to <derekho{at}>. Complete information will receive quicker reply.

1) Transcript(s) of all (including incomplete) degrees. State mark out of 100.

2) English test score (explicitly state test taken within 2 years)

3) CV with publication list

4) Publication samples, 1st- or 2nd-author, in PDF format


CityU admission deadline is in early December for admission to the following year's fall semester. See details. Two tracks:

A. HKPFS: observe SGS deadline, usually December 1, but submission by mid November is highly recommended. All applicants who pass IELTS should apply through the HKPFS route, which is automatically considered for the normal PhD admission process as well. 

B. Main Round: observe SGS deadline, submission by mid November is highly recommended (and will likely maximize your chance).

Financial Support for Graduate Students:

CityU studentships offer a monthly stipend of HK ~$18,500/month (US ~$30,000/yr) to all successful candidates. All graduate students are admitted through the School of Graduate Studies (SGS) ( For admission requirements, please consult the SGS website and SGS Admission Handbook. Admission success is highly based on GPA and publication record.

Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme (HKPFS):

Strong applicants are strongly encouraged to apply for the prestigious Hong Kong PhD fellowship. The Fellowship provides a annual stipend of HK $325,200 (~US $42,000/yr) and a conference travel allowance of HK $13,600 (~ US$1,800) per year for a period of up to three years (2022 funding level).

Research Assistant (currently no openings):

- Requires a bachelor’s degree, with plan to continue PhD study at CityU afterwards (please state in email)

- Please email GPA / CV / English score / publication samples to <derekho{at}>.

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