Volume 7 Issue 7 - February 20, 2009
Opportunities

Research Express@NCKU Feb. 20 ~ Feb. 26, 2009

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Opportunity for NCKU
  • Job Opportunity for Technical Writing Specialists at Institute of Innovations and Advanced Studies, NCKU, Tainan, Taiwan
    Several professional technical writing specialists are wanted to help writing, and editing technical documents in biomedicine, engineering, natural sciences and management/social sciences.

    Candidate Requirements

    • Doctoral or master degree or equivalent in related disciplines.

    • Demonstrated performance in prior professional technical writing experiences in related areas.

    • Well organized and proactive in precise and timely execution of assigned projects.

    • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills for interacting with faculty and researchers.

    • Willing to learn and develop administrative skills.

    • Effective application and extensive experiences in editing software such as MS Word, Excel, etc.


    Job Summary

    Technical writing specialists will work closely with NCKU faculty researchers and staff to proofread, revise, and edit English technical documents for journal and book publication, course syllabus and materials, web contents, and other technical and administrative needs. Candidates familiar with web skills are welcome but not required. When creating, updating and revising documentation, technical writing specialists are required to adhere to specific formats and guidelines, and ensure accuracy, consistency, timeliness, and high quality.

    Interested applicants should send his/her resume with a cover letter including references and examples of prior work to, or contact Ms. Grace Cheng before at Office of Research and Development, NCKU by email ( kaicheng@mail.ncku.edu.tw) or phone (+886 (6) 2757575 ext. 50926).

    Deadline: 10th March, 2009
  • Calling for Nominations of New Leadership Positions for National Cheng Kung University
        Director of the National Science Council (NSC) National Center for Theoretical Science (South)
        國科會國家理論科學研究中心(南區)主任

        Dean of the College of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
        電機資訊學院院長

        Dean of the College of Bioscience and Biotechnology
        生物科學與科技學院院長

        Dean of the College of Social Science
        社會科學院院長

        Dean of College of Design and Planning
        規劃與設計學院學院院長


    The term of appointment for these positions is four years and renewable for an additional term is possible. We welcome nominations and/or self-nomination for these positions. Please send nominations to Ms. Layla Lee of the Office of the Senior Executive Vice President at Layla@sevp.ncku.edu.tw.

    In recent years, National Cheng Kung University, one of the two leading comprehensive research intensive universities of Taiwan, entered a transformational period. It is designated by the Ministry of Education to receive $57 million US annually for five year of additional “funds for excellence,” which is administered by MOE as the so-called national policy of “5 years 50 billion New Taiwan Dollars” (which is approximately $1.7 Billion US) for higher education project (五年五百億元邁向頂尖大學計畫.) As a result, the new and visionary leadership team, led by Academician Michael M. C. Lai, M.D., Ph.D., President of NCKU (成大校長賴明詔院士,) is respectfully requesting assistance from colleagues worldwide to identify globally minded and connected, intellectually astute and active and administratively robust and experienced professionals to lead three of the Colleges and an NSC Research Institute to further spur the university pursuit of excellence and relevance in Asia Pacific and the world in the coming decade.

    Director of the NSC National Center for Theoretical Science (South): Theoretical science is pervasive and fundamental in nearly all fields of intellectual efforts of today. To this end, the leadership of NCKU is greatly pleased that NSC sees it fitting to establish one such center in NCKU. It is one of the three NSC’s Theoretical Science Centers in Taiwan located on NCKU campus. This center was initiated in 2004 when NSC decided to expand the original center located on National Tsinghua University’s campus into three centers: one in the North, located on National Taiwan University’s campus and one in the South, located on NCKU’s campus. With palpable support of the then administration, the South Center was bestowed a refurbished building with excellent facilities. The new Director, who will also be a full professor in one of the relevant departments within the university, will be the intellectual and administrative leader of the Southern Center. Administrative, he/she will report directly to NCKU President, will be the liaison with other leaders within NCKU as well as external (national and global) institutions and will be responsible for the recruitment and growth of the Center.

    Dean of the College of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science: Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) are not only the life-lines of NCKU, they are also the life-lines of Taiwan economy. Since the mid-sixties, as Asia Pacific started its economic transformation, NCKU’s graduates in these disciplines have become the backbone of this transformation worldwide, many are whose-who of the world of EECS. Today, College of EECS is still a vital and robust intellectual center of the university, with internationally known faculty, where eight faculty members are IEEE Fellows, and state-of-the-art facilities. However, with rapid and imminent global challenges, there is no doubt that even EECS will require certain and/or significant amount of reinvention. The new Dean, who will also be a full professor in the College, will be the intellectual and administrative leader of the College, will report directly to NCKU President, will be the liaison with other relevant leaders within NCKU as well as external (national and global) institutions and will be responsible for the recruitment and growth of the College.

    Dean of the College of Bioscience and Biotechnology: Bioscience and biotechnology are sometimes referred to globally as the “science of the 21st century.” While this may be an overstatement, it is nevertheless true that to vigorously pursue this area of science and technology, from “green” to “life,” must be a high, if not the highest, priority of a research intensive university. To this end, NCKU, with one of the strongest engineering colleges in Taiwan, a large and full scale medical college, accompanied by two state-of-the-art teaching hospitals serving the entire southern part of Taiwan, and a fast growing science college, initiated in 2005 the College of Bioscience and Biotechnology. Led by the founding Dean Academician Wen-Chang Chang, the College has grown in breadth and depth in the past four years. With the departure of Dean Chang to assume the position of Vice Minister of the National Science Council, the university is now seeking a new dean to lead this College in the new century. The new Dean, who will also be a full professor in the College, will be the intellectual and administrative leader of the College, will report directly to NCKU President, will be the liaison with other relevant leaders within NCKU as well as external (national and global) institutions and will be responsible for the recruitment and growth of the College.

    Dean of the College of Social Science: Established in 1997, the College of Social Science is becoming one of the fast growing and intellectually robust colleges of NCKU. Also, the college will soon be housed in a brand new building, which is adjacent to NCKU’s college of medicine. The current components of the College include some of the more traditional disciplines of this exciting areas of intellectual pursues, such as political science, political economics, economics, cognitive science and education research. It is also the venue for public affairs and public policies research, two areas that are receiving increasing attention and support throughout major universities in Asia Pacific. The new Dean, who will also be a full professor in the College, will be the intellectual and administrative leader of the College, will report directly to NCKU President, will be the liaison with other relevant leaders within NCKU as well as external (national and global) institutions and will be responsible for the recruitment and intellectual growth of the College.

    The College of Planning and Design was inaugurated in August 2003, which includes Department of Architecture, Department of Industrial Design and Department of Urban Planning. Many of the disciplines embedded in these three departments have their genesis in the College of Engineering since 1946 and have been the pioneers of professional and academic field in Taiwan since they were first established. The alumni of this College in its present and past forms include many of the leaders of the fields in Taiwan and elsewhere in the world. For example, in architecture, its alumni had participated in the design of many of iconic buildings of Asia Pacific, such as the famous 101 in Taipei and more recently in some of the sports facilities
    for the 2008 Beijing Olympics. With Asia Pacific cities undergoing “green revolutions,” the College shall assume increasing importance in the 21st century. The new Dean, who will also be a full professor in the College, will be the intellectual and administrative leader of the College, will report directly to NCKU President, will be the liaison with other relevant leaders within NCKU as well as external (national and global) institutions and will be responsible for the recruitment and intellectual growth of the College.

    About National Cheng Kung University.
    NCKU is located in the ancient city of Tainan, which is approximately 250 kilimeters south of Taipei. It is connected to all major cities in Taiwan by the recently initiated state-of-the-art Taiwan High Speed Rail. With three quarters of a century of distinguished history, with well over 130,000 powerful alumni now dotting the globe, many have achieved supreme successes in arts, business, education, science, technology and healthcare and are ready and willing to assist, with 22,000 academic selective students and 1200 academically significant faculty members currently, both have healthy dosage of international flavor, with enormous regional support, and with a permeating culture of proactive intellectual growth on the world’s stage, NCKU in Tainan, Taiwan, has evolved from its engineering genesis to become a powerful comprehensive, research and international university in Asia Pacific.

Opportunities from NSC
  • Elite Project
    The reason that the NSC uses the name “Po Lo” for ” Elite Project”in English to designate the program is highly symbolic. Elites were a legendary figure who is well-known for his abilities to spot and recognize “horses of one thousand miles” (excellent horses that can run far and fast). The Elite Project is meant to recognize and recruit Taiwan’s “best and the brightest” abroad who are capable of transferring new technologies to Taiwan’s industries. On the other hand, those who are invited back to Taiwan would hope to meet the Po Los who can recognize and appreciate their forte and expertise.

    The project recruits primarily through the NSC’s Science-technology Division attached to Taiwan’s official mission overseas (usually under the name of Taipei Economic and Cultural Office), which identifies and recommends the potential candidates to apply. The evaluation committee set up by NARL would then screen and select the applicants. Overseas senior professionals specialized in the following key fields are given precedence by the recruitment office.1) Basic sciences, 2) biomedical science and technology, 3) image displays, 4) digital contents,5) information and communication technology, 6) semiconductors, 7) energy science and technology, 8) environmental science, oceanography and natural disasters, 9) nano and advanced material science and technology, 10) key service industries, 11) international law and politics, and 12) humanities and arts.

    The Project invites 20-25 elite professionals annually and pays for their round-trip airfare and perdiem expenses for a duration ranging from one to three months. The NARL helps set up their visits to local agencies. Through their lectures, seminars, short-term courses or joint research endeavors, the invitees can thus demonstrate their expertise and speciality, and share their experience in problem solving and managerial know how with the local audiences. Such kinds of interactions facilitate possible follow-up collaboration between the invitees and local organizations.

    For more information, please visit: http://elite.narl.org.tw/clientQueryAction.do?method=queryIntro&type=1
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