Faculty Position in Media and Communication Studies of HSS (Teaching & Research)

;, China

Updated: 4 months ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 25 Jun 2023

Xi'an Jiaotong - Liverpool University – Humanities and Social Sciences: Media and Communication


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, among whom 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 is not only a pioneer, but also an 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 the same time, XJTLU is exploring future education by blending the internationally recognized educational theory, best practice and culture with those of China.

About the department

The fast growing Department of Media and Communication is part of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences. Collegial and dynamic, the department is home to academic staff from over ten countries around the world. XJTLU is a research-led university. In this context, faculty members are all research active, fully committed to research-led teaching and cutting-edge research: high quality publications, attendance of international conferences, and applications for research funding. The department delivers a popular BA Media and Communication Studies, which offers media production modules in addition to a rich selection of theoretical modules in journalism, digital media, film studies, cultural studies, and creative industries. The department also offers an MSc Media and Communication program that contains two pathways: the practice-oriented Professional Communication pathway and the research-led Global Media and China pathway. In addition, staff recruit and supervise PhD students in their own research area. 


We seek the appointee with an active research agenda and an excellent teaching profile in media and communication studies, specializing in journalism, digital media, cultural creative industries, screen studies with a priority on film studies, or cultural studies. 

The appointee is expected to perform the following duties:

  • Publish high-quality research on media and communication or practice-based research leading to high-quality academic outputs, including in refereed journals
  • Coordinate and deliver courses in the department’s existing programs
  • Supervise the research projects of undergraduate, postgraduate and PhD students
  • Advise students of all levels
  • Provide service to the Department, School and University, and the wider scholarly community 


The department currently welcomes applications from prospective colleagues at one of the following levels of experience: 

Lecturer: Open to candidates who have been recently awarded a PhD degree, who have less than two years of full-time academic work experience after receiving their PhD, and who aim to develop and are in the process of developing an international research profile. Candidates are 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 colleagues. Candidates should be willing to make an effective contribution to department admin. 

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

Associate professor: 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. Candidates should also have a well-developed teaching profile, with evidence of external recognition and teaching innovation. Candidates should have strong evidence of leadership in departmental and university contexts. 

Senior associate professor: 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. Candidates should be experienced university teachers with a well-developed teaching portfolio, with evidence of external recognition and teaching innovation. Candidates should demonstrate extensive experience in leading the development of research and teaching strategy in departmental and university contexts.

Desirable Qualifications/Experience

  • A certificate in learning and teaching in higher education
  • Engagement with professional community
  • The attitude and ability to engage in continuous professional development 


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 not be eligible for a work visa in the P.R. China.


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

    SALARY: Competitive salary in the market


    1. Allowance: XJTLU provide various month/annual/one-off allowances as

    • Housing allowance
    • Travel allowance
    • Kids’ education allowance
    • Relocation allowance
    • Etc. 

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

    3. Paid holidays:

    • Statutory Holidays (11 days)
    • Annual Leave (36 days)
    • Family Matters Lave
    • Paid Sick Leave
    • Marriage Leave
    • Paternity Leave
    • Parental leave
    • Etc.

     4. Working visa and residence permit in China:

    XJTLU sponsors working visa and residence permit in China for the staff.


    Please submit your applications onlinevia the 'Apply' button above.

    Job ID: 3179

    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 

    For general enquiries, please email Head of Department of Media and Communication, Prof. Xiaoling Zhang at Xiaoling.Zhang@xjtlu.edu.cn . Informal enquiries may be addressed to the HR Recruiting Team at Wenyu.Pu@xjtlu.edu.cn . Please quote the position and job ID in your enquiry.

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