Teaching Fellowship: Practice Based

Suzhou, Jiangsu (CN)
Friday, 13 March 2020
End of advertisement period
Wednesday, 8 April 2020
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time


DEPARTMENT: School of Film and Television Arts
ACADEMIC DISCIPLINE: Practice-Based Project 
POSITION TITLE: Teaching Fellowship
SALARY: The salary range for the Teaching Fellowship positions is as follows:  
Teaching Fellow 3: 16,937-19,001RMB (with opportunity to 21,845RMB)
Teaching Fellow 4: 22,260- 24,610RMB (with opportunity to 27,514RMB)
POSITION OPEN DATE: 12th March 2020
3 Year

Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU) is a unique collaborative institution and the first joint-venture university in China to offer both UK (University of Liverpool) and Chinese (Ministry of Education) accredited undergraduate degrees for all programmes. Formed in 2006, the first cohort of students graduated in August 2010. The University now has over 10,000 students studying on campus. The language of instruction is English. XJTLU aims to become truly research-led, and has recently committed significant investment into research development and the expansion of PhD student numbers on campus. 

XJTLU is located in the Higher Education Town of Suzhou Industrial Park (SIP), 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.

Brief summary of the department:

The School of Film and Television Arts was built on the departmental strengths in communication and culture. With the addition of a film school and training in practical filmmaking and the creative arts, the School is developing a mix of practice, research, creativity and industry engagement with the film, television and creative industry sectors in China and internationally. The School currently offers programmes in Digital Media Arts, TV Production and Filmmaking at UG level.  Future plans include the establishment of postgraduate programmes and short course delivery.  


  • Assist in the coordination and delivery of practice-based modules across all SoFTA based programmes – these include undergraduate courses in Digital Media Arts, Film and Television production, Filmmaking and the Taicang based undergraduate programme, Arts Technology and Entertainment.  
  • Assist in the preparation of content and lesson plans for module delivery in English, the language of instruction at the university.
  • Assist in the assessment of practice-based modules
  • Deliver the practice-based elements of some modules; with an ability to deliver the entire module.
  • Candidates must have hands-on expertise within a production environment and be capable of teaching intermediate and advanced programme/filmmaking techniques. 
  • The ability to teach creative approaches to project work with an emphasis on drama and documentary production is a priority.
  • An interest in managing the output of projects within the School, both within the curriculum and in extra-curricular activity approved by the School.
  • Advise on creative projects, as necessary
  • Contribute to the further development of the School’s programme portfolio at UG/PG and short course level. 


The successful applicant will be able to demonstrate a high level of achievement in production project work in related areas such as location filming, post-production, as evidenced through a creative portfolio.  Ideally, the successful applicant is someone who still likes making film and TV content but is equally happy to help students make them.

Applicants will normally have teaching experience and evidence of involvement in high quality media production.  In addition, the successful appointee will be expected to participate in the administration and development of the School of Film and TV Arts.  They will therefore be a team player.


  • Hands-on experience of working in a fiction and documentary location environment.  
  • Extensive knowledge of current practice and related technological advances.
  • Candidates must be capable of teaching intermediate and advanced project techniques.  
  • Knowledge of current equipment and practices would be useful as the candidate will be involved in the establishment of new facilities in School of Film and Television Arts.
  • Relevant Masters degree or equivalent experience in the film and television industry.
  • Teaching experience within a university, college or film school environment would be an advantage.
  • Highly developed organisational skills: The ability to anticipate events, identify desirable outcomes and achieve goals within a specified timeframe.
  • High level of verbal and written communication skills
  • The ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with colleagues and work cooperatively in the School.

Experience or proven interest in the Chinese/Asian context is an advantage.
The ability to teach creative approaches to filmmaking and storytelling with an emphasis on fiction and documentary output

Members of Academic Staff are entitled to subsidies for accommodation, travel, and children’s educational, medical insurance, and a one-time relocation allowance is provided. Overseas staff may receive a tax “holiday,” depending on nationality and personal circumstances. 

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 55 may be not eligible for PRC work visa.

Please send your application to AcademicPositions@xjtlu.edu.cn. In the subject line write the Positon you are applying for and quote the job ID number for reference.

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

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

Applications should be received by the closing date stated above. 
Informal enquiries may be addressed to the Staff Management Team at AcademicPositions@xjtlu.edu.cn. Please quote the position and job ID in your enquiry.