Assistant Professor/Associate Professor/Senior Associate Professor/Professor in China Studies

Updated: 9 days ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 17 May 2021

Xi'an Jiaotong - Liverpool University – School of Humanities and Social Sciences


Assistant Professor: 29,046 – 31,993 RMB/month (with the opportunity to go to 35,588RMB/month based on future annual performance and evaluations after being in post);

Associate Professor: 36,127 – 38,967 RMB/month (with the opportunity to go to 42,705 RMB/month based on future annual performance and evaluations after being in post);

Senior Associate Professor: 43,353 – 45,941 RMB/month (with the opportunity to go to 49,319 RMB/month based on future annual performance and evaluations after being in post);

Professor: The salary package is more competitive.

Job ID: 1984

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University and Department Overview:

Located in Suzhou, China, Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU) is a young, dynamic and EMI university founded in 2006, and is a unique collaborative institution and first joint-venture university in China to offer both UK (University of Liverpool) and Chinese (Ministry of Education) accredited undergraduate degrees for 103 programmes. XJTLU also aims to become truly research-led and has committed significant investment into research development and the expansion of master’s and PhD student numbers on campus. The university has over 18,000 students and more than 920 academic staff representing in excess of 90 nationalities. 

XJTLU is located in the Higher Education Town of Suzhou Industrial Park (SIP). Suzhou has been ranked the 74th most liveable city in the 2018 Global Liveability Index. Additionally, it is well-connected via nearby airports to cities such as Hong Kong, Seoul, Tokyo, and Taipei, and via high-speed rail to other major cities in China. SIP is a major growth zone, including operations run by nearly one-fifth of the Fortune 500 top global companies. Greater Suzhou is now the fourth largest concentration of economic activity in China in terms of GDP, and the SIP has a higher GDP per capita than the UK. The broader Suzhou area encompasses the spirit of both old and new in China, with the historic old town’s canals, UNESCO World Heritage Site gardens, and the I.M. Pei-designed Suzhou Museum attracting millions of tourists annually. SIP offers an excellent quality of life with high environmental standards. The nearby Jinji Lake provides attractive views, by day and by night, and there is a variety of shopping facilities, international and local restaurants, entertainment hubs and nightlife. Suzhou is also home to four international schools.

Department Description:

The Department of China Studies is an integral part of Humanities and Social Sciences School. It is a unique composition of committed teachers and researchers that dedicate their efforts to developing teaching programmes and high-quality research. As the academic staff come from all over the world, the Department offers a variety of approaches in teaching and a comprehensive research agenda. All staff members are by default bilingual (English – Chinese), and research and publish in their own discipline, as well as in the field of China studies. Academic activities of the Department focus on three areas: China's history, language and culture; society and politics; and economy and business development. As an education unit, the Department offers undergraduate (BA), and postgraduate (MA and PhD) programmes in China Studies. The language of instruction is English, and all the programmes are open to both Chinese and international students. The Department also offers a one-year Diploma in China Studies for visiting international students and has an active outreach educational programme for staff at XJTLU and the wider community. 

Roles & Responsibilities:

The Department seeks to appoint one Assistant Professor/Associate Professor/Senior Associate Professor/Professor in China Studies. The successful appointee will be expected to coordinate and deliver modules in the corresponding fields of China’s domestic politics, China’s foreign political relations, and Chinese political economy; to supervise Master’s and PhD students; to contribute to the curriculum development; to undertake research in his/her area of specialisation on both individual and group projects, and to be actively engaged in the publication of the research; and to participate in the administration and development of the Department of China Studies, the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, or the University. 

Essential Qualifications:

  • PhD in political science or related field.
  • Evidence of the ability to produce high quality research publications.
  • Good teaching experience in relevant subjects within a university (two-year full-time teaching experience in higher education is required by the Chinese work permit policy).
  • Ability to teach in English.
  • Good language skills in both English and Chinese.
  • The ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with colleagues in higher education.

Desirable Competencies and Skills:

  • Strong track record in teaching and academic supervision.
  • Ability to teach bilingually (English-Chinese).
  • Strong track record in an international research profile in the field. 
  • A record of successful research funding application.
  • Highly developed organisational and administrative skills.

Compensation Package:

Members of Academic Staff receive generous subsidies for accommodation, travel, children’s education, and medical insurance. A relocation allowance is provided. Non-Chinese passport holders may qualify for multi-year income tax “holidays”, depending on nationality and tax residency.

Citizenship and Visa Regulations:

Employment at Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University is regulated by Chinese Labour Laws, and must comply with the regulations of the provincial government. These regulations stipulate who is eligible for legal employment with regard to obtaining work permits and visas.  Please be advised candidates over 65 may be not eligible for a work visa in the P.R. China.

To Apply: 

Please submit your applications online:

Job ID: 1984

Applications must be submitted in a single pdf file that includes 3 parts in the order of:

  • A cover letter 
  • A current CV, including country of citizenship, and highest degree level
  • Contact Details for Three References 

An interview for shortlisted candidates will be held in June 2021. For general enquiries, please email Head of Department of China Studies, Dr. Geoffrey Chun-fung Chen at . Informal enquiries may be addressed to the HR Recruiting Team at Please quote the position and job ID in your enquiry. 

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