Dr. PUN Jack (潘國雄)

Position(s) Available

Sereval positions are available

1. Part-time/Full-time Research Assistants (2 positions)

2. Part-time Student assistants (3-5 positions)

3. Joint PhD Programme in Mainland China

4. PhD positions



1. Part-time Research Assistant (with possible consideratin for a full-time position upon a satisfactory performance)

Genre-based Approach to Enhancing Secondary Students’ English Writing Ability in Science Subjects


Support a research project in delivering workshops to local secondary school students for effective writing ability in science subjects; conduct research; participate and host professional development trainings for local teachers about the genre-based writing; assist the Project Investigator to run the research project, and implement online or face-to-face workshops with the participating schools and teachers; give feedback to the schools; and provide support to the team for programme evaluation.


A Bachelor’s degree in Linguistics/English Language Education or related disciplines with at least 1 year’s teaching experience, and no more than a total of 6 years of service at the University.  The candidate should have good command of written and spoken English. 

(For enquiries, please contact Dr. Jack PUN via email at “jack.pun@cityu.edu.hk”.)

Salary and Conditions of Service

Salary offered will be highly competitive, commensurate with qualifications and experience. 


1. Full-time/ Part-time Research Assistant  


Developing Effective Clinical Communication: Applying Research Findings to Improve Patient Safety, Experiences and Outcomes.


The candidate will be responsible for overall project planning and implementation of the research project and training workshops, including co-ordinating meetings with relevant parties, providing logistical support, literature review, developing teaching and learning materials, performing data entry and data analysis, assisting the training and preparing online final report etc. 


A Bachelor’s degree in Language Studies/Medicine/Public Health/Social Sciences or related disciplines and no more than a total of 6 years of service at the University.  The candidate should have good command of written and spoken English and Chinese. H/She should have a background of linguistics, medical or related areas, and plus at least 1 year of working experience.  Fresh graduates in related areas are encouraged to apply.

Salary and Conditions of Service

Salary offered will be highly competitive, commensurate with qualifications and experience. 

(For enquiries, please contact Dr. Jack PUN via email at “jack.pun@cityu.edu.hk”.)


2. Part-time Student assistants (several positions)

Dear Students
We are now recruiting 3-5 student assistants for a research project on “Genre-based approach to enhancing secondary students’ English writing ability in science subjects”.

Good proficiency in written English; Strong commitment  

Job duties:
literature reviews; data collection; data entry; translation (Cantonese to English); interview transcriptions

HKD52 per hour (Payment will be based on actual working hours)
If you are interested to work on this project, please send your CV via email to Dr Jack Pun (jack.pun@cityu.edu.hk). Successful applicants will be informed separately.

Best regards

Jack Pun

3. Joint PhD Programme in Mainland China

Current PhD students can apply our joint PhD programme, spending a few years studying at CityU in addition to their study at home university. Postgraduate Studentship/stipend is available for eligible students. The monthly rate is HK$17,000 during studies at Hong Kong Campus of CityU, RMB2,700@ during studies at USTC-CityU joint advanced research centre (Suzhou) and RMB 4,700@ during studies at CityUSRI. More details: CityU School of Graduate Studies www.cityu.edu.hk/sgs

4. PhD Positions

Jack is seeking exceptionally qualified students for the upcoming 2019-2020 intake.

Informal contacts are welcomed from any prospective doctoral students who are interested in the following topics: 

  • Health communication (e.g. doctor-patient/ nurse-patient/ clinician-to-clinician)
  • English as a medium of instruction; Language across curriculum; Academic literacy development for school students (Reading, Writing, Listening, Speaking); Students’ language challenges/ coping strategies for studying EMI
  • The impact of English Medium Instruction in Higher/Secondary/Primary/Early-childhood Education
  • English language education; Second/foreign language learning or teaching; Language Learning motivations and strategies; Codes-switching patterns in either oral or written discourse
  • Classroom discourse (spoken or written); Classroom Interaction between teachers and students
  • Sociolinguistics; Communication at different professional settings;
  • Multimodal discourse analysis; Social semiotics; New media
  • Systemic Functional Linguistics/Grammar
  • Discourse analysis/ Text analysis
  • Mixed-method approach


Candidates holding a Bachelor or Master degree are expected to complete the PhD in four years. Financial support for the successful candidates will be provided via the Hong Kong UGC- PhD Fellowship Scheme. Self-financed students and local HK students are also highly encouraged to apply at any time in the year:

  • HK PhD Fellowship Scheme: It includes a yearly stipend of HKD$301,200 (approximately USD$38,600) and a conference and research-related travel allowance of HKD$12,600 (approximately USD$1,600) per year to each awardee. For applicants from non-English speaking universities, the minimum English proficiency requirement (IELTS score of 6.5) must be met. The application deadline is on 1 December 2018.
  • Tuition Waiver for Local Research Postgraduate (RPg) Students: All local HK students enrolled in all UGC-funded RPg programmes (4-year PhD) are eligible for the tuition waiver. Eligible applicants may still apply for means-tested grants and loans under the TSFS to cover their academic expenses and living expenses respectively.

Further information can be found at the following websites:
CityU: http://www.cityu.edu.hk/sgs/download/rpg/prospective/handbook.pdf
HKPFS: http://www.sgs.cityu.edu.hk/prospective/rpg/hkphd/

Interested candidates are highly encouraged to initiate a contact with Dr Jack Pun to express their interest before applying (email: jack.pun@cityu.edu.hk).