Thanks for your opinions so far. I am still somewhat interested
in CUHK as it's the only place I think I have a chance of getting
a faculty position.
Even w/ the 2-year contract, might be worth a shot. The only
thing I am concerned about is funding.
I am in the sciences, heavy computer modeling. Need $ to buy
computers (lots of them). Also, I could publish a few papers on
my own each year w/o grad students or postdocs.
Question is: if funding is so hard to get, that means, grad students
and postdocs are hard to come by. How important is it to mentor
grad students and postdocs as part of the process of getting contracts
Yes in theory there should be funding available for this. Perhaps in place, but more likely funding that you apply for and get -- I mean in your IT/comp sci fields. There are lost of grants available for technology and more corporate and scientific ventures/projects.
Again these arent my fields so I may not know squat ultimately but I have seen such grants and funds at my uni and city-wide. (I recall them b/c they are useless to me personally in the arts and humanities; there is a reason why HK has no culture aside from things intimately connected to money and the market).
One big catch though is that if you are on a 2 year contract... it'll take you a year to get the results of any grant application. So I am not sure how this would work-- unless the 2 year thing is kind of like an auto-renew. Personnel reviews and personnel actions take a very long time here, in my experience. so really the 2 year thing is stupid unless they change it up.
but in short anyone who applies for a hk job should express lots of interest in applying for and securing grants for their projects. INcl in the liberal arts and sciences.
my advice is still the same to anyone thinking of working in HK-- do go ahead and apply! Nothing ventured nothing gained.... You can ask these concrete questions later. Also I am hoping that the more HK schools try and hire abroad the more likely they will figure out how to do this properly.