The department of fashion and textiles at the Hong Kong Institute of Vocational Education (IVE) is looking for an expert in hair styling, beauty and skin care, and cosmetics to teach about 300 students image design. As a senior lecturer in the first higher diploma course of its kind in Asia, the appointee will play a leadership role in course development and teaching, act as an industry liaison, and supervise student projects. Interested candidates should have at least five years of experience in image design, a relevant degree, or relevant qualification. 'We need a leader who comes from experience, who can share with students and enjoy the results,' said Irene Chen, head of the fashion and textiles department. Image design students go on to work in the fields of visual merchandising, magazine editorial, and styling for film, television, advertising and photography. 'The potential is big because we are tapping into new territory. So far, the results have been beyond expectations,' Ms Chen said. Also exciting is the opening of the Hong Kong Design Institute in 2009, which will consolidate all of IVE's design programmes under one roof. Working in the new facility could offer the incumbent career opportunities across different disciplines. Each year several staff members travel on exchange and fact-finding missions to Italy, London and Japan, so it is a great job for someone looking beyond our shores for inspiration.