Lecturer/Assistant Professor/Associate Professor in Linguistics

;, China

Updated: 7 months ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 15 Jun 2023

Xi'an Jiaotong - Liverpool University – Applied Linguistics

School: Humanities and Social Sciences

Contract Type: Fixed-term, renewable, 3rd contract open-ended 


Join the Department of Applied Linguistics, within the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at China’s leading Joint Venture university. 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 more than 100 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 nearly 1000 academic staff representing in excess of 90 nationalities. For detailed information about the university, please visit www.xjtlu.edu.cn  


The Department of Applied Linguistics is a research-intensive environment with two MA programmes: the MA in TESOL and MA in Applied Linguistics (with a Specialisation in Multilingualism), which also contributes a Linguistics pathway on four UG programmes. We also have a Language and Cognition Research Laboratory, for Psycholinguistic and Phonetic research, with eye tracking technology. 

Linguistics at XJTLU is a rapidly expanding area. We are seeking a dynamic and enthusiastic Lecturer/Assistant Professor/Associate Professor (Teaching and Research Track) with excellent research, teaching, and supervision qualifications who will contribute to the department’s research profile. The research area is left open, but applicants who can complement our existing strengths are particularly welcome. These include: 

  • Sociolinguistics
  • Multilingualism
  • Discourse Analysis
  • Corpus Linguistics
  • Cognitive Linguistics
  • Psycholinguistics
  • TESOL 

We welcome applications from candidates interested in interdisciplinarity and collaboration within the Department and School. Please see https://www.xjtlu.edu.cn/en/study/departments/academic-departments/department-of-applied-linguistics/ for further details of our existing colleagues and research strengths. 


The appointee will be expected to contribute to the department’s research profile and should have an excellent track record of publication in their research area, appropriate to their stage of career. An ability and willingness to contribute to or lead collaborative and interdisciplinary research projects would be a strong advantage. 

In terms of teaching, the successful candidate must be able to contribute widely to the Undergraduate or PG curricula, including at least three from the following (either PG or UG) 

UG: Introduction to Linguistics: Grammar, Introduction to Linguistics: Discourse, English as a Global Language, History of English, Sounds of English, Language and Society, Semantics and Pragmatics, Syntax, Psycholinguistics, and Language and Gender. 

PG: Introduction to Multilingualism, Multilingualism in Society, Linguistics for Language Teachers, Methods in English Language Teaching, Principles of Course and Materials Design, Second Language Acquisition, Language Testing and Assessment, Speaking and Listening, and Research Methods. MA Dissertation (TESOL or MA Applied Linguistics). 

In addition, the ability to contribute a new module in Forensic Linguistics would be an advantage. 

Staff typically teach 1-1.5 module(s) per semester, depending on student numbers. The typical contact hours are around 6 hours per week. A contribution to academic administration will also be expected.  

Further information on the School, University, and Suzhou may be found at the university website: http://www.xjtlu.edu.cn  


  • A Ph.D. degree or equivalent in Linguistics, or a related discipline is essential.
  • A strong track record or high potential of research, appropriate to stage of career is essential.
  • Experience of teaching in a Higher Education environment is essential
  • Experience of teaching and supervision at the Postgraduate level is highly desirable
  • Experience of Technology Enhanced Learning is desirable.
  • Experience of a sigificant academic service role is necessary for Associate Professor appointments
  • Experience of significant curriculum development is necessary for Associate Professor appointments
  • Experience of gaining research funding is necessary for Associate Professor appointments 


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

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 Leave
  • Paid Sick Leave
  • Marriage Leave
  • Paternity Leave
  • Parental leave

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


Please submit your applications online, by clicking the 'Apply' button.

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 Applied Linguistics, Dr. Penelope Scott at Penelope.Scott@xjtlu.edu.cn.

    In formal 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.

    View or Apply

    Similar Positions