Faculty Position in International Relations (Open-Rank)

Updated: 4 months ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 10 Dec 2022

Xi'an Jiaotong - Liverpool University – Department of International Studies

ACADEMIC DISCIPLINE: International Relations

POSITION TITLE: Lecturer/Assistant Professor/Associate Professor/Senior Associate Professor

CONTRACT TYPE:Fixed-Term/3-year contract, renewable. 3rd contract is open-ended. 


In 2006 Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU) was created by the University of Liverpool and Xi’an Jiaotong University – a top ten university in China. Offering a unique international education experience, XJTLU brings together excellent research practice and expertise from both institutions and gives students the skills and knowledge they need to secure careers in a global marketplace. XJTLU now has over 25,000 enrolled students in both Suzhou and Liverpool in the UK, with plans to grow to about 28,000 students by 2025. There are currently about 2,000 staff, of which about 1,000 are academic staff, with an almost even split between citizens of the People’s Republic of China and international passport holders. XJTLU offers our undergraduates and postgraduates over 100 programmes with a diverse spectrum of courses.

XJTLU is entering a new and exciting phase of its development as part of its strategic priorities for the next ten years. Adopting a new higher education model based on the concept of Syntegrative Education (SE), XJTLU is currently opening a new Entrepreneurial Education site in Taicang, part of wider Suzhou, where the Entrepreneur College (Taicang) is located. The Taicang site will be a pioneer of, and educational model for, the future campus in addressing challenges arising from the 4th Industrial Revolution. Other new initiatives include new working partnerships with Xi’an Jiaotong University, the continued development of the four new Academies, and exploration of further potential locations to develop the SE model.

With a focus on innovative learning and teaching, and research, XJTLU draws on the strengths of its parent universities, and plays a pivotal role in facilitating access to China for UK and other institutional partners. At same time, XJTLU is exploring future education by blending educational theory, best practice and culture from west and east.

For detailed information about the university, please visit www.xjtlu.edu.cn.


The Department of International Studies at XJTLU was established in 2018. Sitting in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, it aims to be a leading provider of international studies education and research. Our growing department is staffed by research active scholars from all over world, including Australia, Cameroon, Canada, China, Italy, Germany, and the United Kingdom. The department offers a BA and an MA in International Relations, and an MA in International Business and Global Affairs, and welcomes students from all over the world. Please read further about our research, teaching, and programmes by https://www.xjtlu.edu.cn/en/study/departments/school-of-humanities-and-social-sciences/international-studies.


The Department of International Studies is seeking the colleague with a research agenda in international studies and international relations, broadly defined, and with the ability to teach into our programmes:

The department currently welcomes applications from prospective colleague at all levels of experience:

Lecturer: The position of lecturer is open to candidates, who ideally have less than two years of full-time academic work experience after receiving their PhD and who aim to develop or are in the process of developing an international research profile. The candidate is expected to develop their teaching profile and expand their teaching experience. To this end, the department has co-teaching schemes in place that will pair lecturers with more experienced colleague. The candidate should be willing to make an effective contribution to department admin.

Assistant professor: The position of assistant professor is open to candidates with ideally two years or more of full-time academic work experience after receiving their PhD degree. The candidate should be research-active, with initial success in building an internationally recognized research profile as evidenced by peer-reviewed publications or grant income. The candidate should further be able to demonstrate experience in high-quality, effective teaching, and should ideally have experience in managing departmental affairs.

Associate professor: Thepositionof associate professor is open to experienced candidates that have developed an internationally recognized research profile, as evidenced, for example, by publication in international peer reviewed journals, research grant income, and supervision of doctoral students to completion. The candidate should also have a well-developed teaching profile, with evidence of external recognition and teaching innovation. The candidate should evidence leadership in departmental and university contexts.

Senior associate professor:Thepositionof senior associate professors is open to candidates with an internationally established and recognized research profile, demonstrating sustained output in leading international peer-reviewed journals, repeated research grant income, and regular supervision of doctoral students. The candidate should be experienced university teachers with a well-developed teaching portfolio, with evidence of external recognition and teaching innovation. The candidate should demonstrate extensive experience in leading the development of research and teaching strategy in departmental and university contexts.

In addition to the base pay advertised above, academic staff may be entitled to subsidies for accommodation, travel, and children’s education, medical insurance, and a one-time relocation allowance is provided. Overseas staff may receive a tax “holiday,” depending on nationality and personal circumstances.


The successful candidate will be active in teaching, research, and academic administration. You will be expected to coordinate and deliver modules across our degree programmes; to supervise undergraduate Final Year Projects and MA and PhD dissertations; to contribute to curriculum development; to undertake research and publish in your area of specialisation on both individual and group projects; and to participate in the administration and development of the Department of International Studies, the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, or the University. The candidate is usually expected to teach two modules per academic year, and some or all modules may be co-taught with colleagues.

While not exclusively seeking the applicant in the following areas, we may give preference to those who demonstrate interest in teaching in the following areas:

  • Introduction to International Relations and International Political Economy
  • Introduction to Political Science
  • International Communications
  • Global History

In terms of personal attributes, we seek the candidate with excellent oral and written communication skills and strong interpersonal skills and with a commitment to good departmental citizenship and teamwork.

We seek the candidate that are available at the start of semester 2 AY22/23 (February 2023) at the latest.


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 the candidate over 65 may be not eligible for a work visa in the P.R. China.


  • Clear career development path with annual review.
  • Professional development trainings are provided. 

    SALARY: Competitive


    1. Allowances include:

    • Housing allowance
    • Education allowance for dependent children
    • Travel allowance
    • Relocation allowance

    2. Commercial insurance: international insurance plans customized for XJTLU staff and family members ((details refer to the University Policy)

    3. Paid holidays, to include:

    • Statutory Holidays (11 days)
    • Annual Leave (36 days)
    • Family Matters Leave
    • Paid Sick Leave
    • Marriage Leave
    • Paternity Leave
    • Parental Leave
    • Bereavement Leave

    4.  Working visa and residence permit in China:

    • XJTLU will sponsor working visa and residence permit in China

    To Apply

    Please submit your application online, by clicking the ‘Apply’ button.

    Applications should include:

    • A cover letter in which you specify the position (rank) you wish to apply for and briefly address how you meet the requirements
    • A current CV, including country of citizenship, and highest degree level
    • Contact details for three references

    Applications should be received by the closing date stated above.

    For specific enquiries relating to the position, please email Head of the Department of International Studies, Alessandra Cappelletti, at Alessandra.Cap@xjtlu.edu.cn .

    Procedural enquiries may be addressed to HR at Mengdie.Sun@xjtlu.edu.cn . Please quote the position and job ID (3065) in your enquiry.

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