Pharmacognosist, Department of Health (Ref: 43658)

Department: Department of Health

Publish Date: 2021-02-19 00:00:00

Job Title: Pharmacognosist

Salary (Monthly): $55815

Salary (Hourly): $N/A

Salary (Daily): $N/A

Entry Requirements:

(a) a Master degree or above in Pharmacognosy, Chemistry of Medicinal Plants, Phytochemistry, Medicinal Plant Sciences 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;
© with a year of experience on providing training in relevant fields of Chinese medicines is preferred;
(d) excellent communication, interpersonal, analytical and organisation skills; and
(e) proficiency in written Chinese and English, and good command of spoken Cantonese, Putonghua and English.


A Pharmacognosist is mainly deployed –

(a) to assist in setting up and designing the various laboratories under the Government Chinese Medicines Testing Institute;
(b) to organise and provide capacity building training and technology transfer activities to the Chinese medicines trade, research institutions, etc.
© to assist in the development and establishment of appropriate marker substances for identification and assay of medicinal plants or proprietary Chinese medicines;
(d) to vet scientific reports from research institutes in order to facilitate the enhancement of the scientific research results / outcomes;
(e) to assist in resolving problems encountered when difficulties arises during research projects ;
(f) to monitor research institutions’ deliverables / reports in research protocols;
(g) to identify the potential need of pharmacognostical analysis and assist in developing related projects; and
(h) 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.

General Notes:

(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.
© 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 Home Affairs Enquiry 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 On-line application can also be made through the Civil Service Bureau’s website.

The application period for the position of Pharmacognosist is from 19 February 2021 (Friday) to 4 March 2021 (Thursday). Applicants should list in details the relevant academic qualifications as well as working experience in the application form. Applications submitted in person or by post should reach the above contact address indicated. Please specify ‘Application for the position of Pharmacognosist in the Department of Health’ on the envelope. To avoid delayed or unsuccessful delivery of applications by post, please ensure that the correct address is clearly printed or written on the envelope and sufficient postage has been affixed before posting. Mail items bearing insufficient postage will not be delivered to this Department and will be returned to the sender or disposed of by the Hongkong Post, where appropriate. Applicants will bear any consequences arising from paying insufficient postage. Applicants may also apply online through the Civil Service Bureau’s website ( Applications which are incomplete, late, submitted by fax or e-mail, or not made in the prescribed form will not be accepted.

Applicants should also submit copies of documentary proof of academic transcripts, graduation certificates and working experience together with the completed application forms.

For applicants who apply on-line, they should submit copies of the required supporting documents by post to the contact address indicated on or before 11 March 2021 (Thursday). Please clearly mark on the envelope ‘Application for the position of Pharmacognosist in the Department of Health’, 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.

Applicants are encouraged to provide their email addresses on the application forms. Candidates who are selected for recruitment examination / interview will normally receive an invitation (by email or by post) in about ten weeks from the closing date for application. Those who are not invited for recruitment examination / interview may assume that their applications are unsuccessful.

Enquiry Address:

Appointments Section, Department of Health, Room 1807, 18/F, Wu Chung House, 213 Queen’s Road East, Wan Chai, Hong Kong

Enquiry Telephone: 2961 8588

Application Start Date: 2021-02-19 00:00:00

Application End Date: 2021-03-04 23:59:00