Candidates should have -
(a) a Master degree or above in Pharmacognosy, or a related subject from a university of Hong Kong, or equivalent (Notes 1 and 2);
(b) at least four years' relevant full-time experience in the identification of active ingredients contained in the medicinal plant, and possess in-depth professional knowledge in the physical, chemical, biochemical and biological properties of drugs, drug substances or potential drugs or drug substances of natural origin as well as the search for new chemical from natural sources (Note 3);
(c) excellent communication, interpersonal, analytical and organisation skills; and
(d) proficiency in written Chinese and English, and good command of spoken Cantonese, Putonghua and English.
(1) See General Note (g) below.
(2) Candidates should submit a copy of academic transcripts and graduation certificates.
(3) Candidates should submit a copy of supporting documents of relevant work experience.
A Pharmacognosist is mainly deployed -
(a) to assist in setting up and designing the various laboratories under a testing centre for Chinese medicines;
(b) to identify the potential need of pharmacognostical research;
(c) to assist in planning relevant researches on establishing appropriate marker substance for identification and assay of medicinal plant or proprietary Chinese medicines;
(d) to assist in carrying out relevant researches on establishing appropriate marker substance for identification and assay of medicinal plant or proprietary Chinese medicines;
(e) to write up final report of the researches and public articles in scientific journal; and
(f) to carry out any other duties as assigned by senior officers.
[Remark: May be required to work shift and irregular hours.]
Terms of Appointment:
Successful candidates will be appointed on non-civil service contract terms for 12 months. Renewal of contract will be subject to the service need of the Department and the performance of the candidate.
Candidates appointed are eligible for 14 days' paid annual leave. Other benefits such as rest days, statutory holidays (or substituted holidays), annual leave, maternity leave, paternity leave and sickness allowance, where appropriate, will be granted in line with the Employment Ordinance (Cap. 57).
(a) Candidates must be permanent residents of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region at the time of appointment unless specified otherwise.
(b) As an Equal Opportunities Employer, the Government is committed to eliminating discrimination in employment. The vacancy advertised is open to all candidates meeting the basic entry requirement irrespective of their disability, sex, marital status, pregnancy, age, family status, sexual orientation and race.
(c) Non-civil service vacancies are not posts on the civil service establishment. Candidates appointed are not on civil service terms of appointment and conditions of service. Candidates appointed are not civil servants and will not be eligible for posting, promotion or transfer to any posts in the Civil Service.
(d) The entry pay, terms of appointment and conditions of service to be offered are subject to the provisions prevailing at the time the offer of appointment is made.
(e) Where a large number of candidates meet the specified entry requirements, the recruiting department may devise shortlisting criteria to select the better qualified candidates for further processing. In these circumstances, only shortlisted candidates will be invited to attend recruitment examination and/ or interview.
(f) It is Government policy to place people with a disability in appropriate jobs wherever possible. If a disabled candidate meets the entry requirements, he/ she will be invited to attend the selection interview/ written examination without being subject to any further shortlisting.
(g) Holders of academic qualifications other than those obtained from Hong Kong institutions/ Hong Kong Examinations and Assessment Authority may also apply but their qualifications will be subject to assessments on equivalence with the required entry qualifications. They should submit copies of their official transcripts and certificates by mail to the enquiry address indicated.
(h) The period of notification of recruitment examination and/ or interview may be longer when a large number of applications are received or when there are other complications requiring a longer processing time for the applications.
(i) Towards the application deadline, the on-line system would likely be overloaded due to large volume of applications. To ensure timely completion of your on-line application, it is advisable to submit the application as early as possible.
How to apply:
Application forms [G.F. 340 (Rev. 3/2013)] are obtainable from any Public Enquiry Service Centres of District Offices, Home Affairs Department or any Job Centres of the Employment Services Division, Labour Department. The said form can also be downloaded from the Civil Service Bureau's website at http://www.csb.gov.hk.
The application period for the position of Pharmacognosist is from 7 (Friday) to 20 (Thursday) August 2015. Applicants should list in details the relevant academic qualifications as well as working experience in the application form.
For application by post, completed application form, together with copies of documentary proof of academic certificates/ transcripts and working experience should reach the enquiry address indicated on or before 20 August 2015 (Thursday). Please clearly mark on the envelope "Application for the position of Pharmacognosist".
For online application, copies of documentary proof of academic certificates/ transcripts and working experience should reach the enquiry address indicated within one week after closing date for application, i.e. on or before 27 August 2015 (Thursday). Please clearly mark on the envelope "Application for the position of Pharmacognosist", and quote the online application number on the envelope and every page of the copies of the documents.
Please do not send originals of transcripts/ certificates. Applications not made in the prescribed form, submitted by fax or email, or which are incomplete or late will not be considered.
Candidates who are not invited for written test and/ or selection interview within ten weeks from the closing date for application may assume that their applications are unsuccessful. For enquiries, please call the telephone number indicated.
Appointments Unit, Department of Health, Room 1807, 18/F, Wu Chung House, 213 Queen's Road East, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
Newspaper(s) Advertised and Date(s):
Ming Pao Daily News: 7 and 14 August 2015; Job Market Magazine: 7 and 11 August 2015