Associate Professor/Assistant Professor/Lecturer in Digital Media Arts

Suzhou, China
Thursday, 21 October 2021
End of advertisement period
Friday, 31 December 2021
Contract Type
Fixed Term, Permanent
Full Time


DIGITAL MEDIA ARTS (Visual Effects/Animation and Arts)

DEPARTMENT: School of Film and Television Arts, Academy of Media and Creative Technology

ACADEMIC DISCIPLINE:  Visual Effects (VFX) and Special Effects/Animation and Arts

POSITION TITLE: Associate Professor/Assistant Professor/Lecturer

SALARY: The salary range for different positions is as follows: 

Lecturer: 23,150-25,594RMB (with the opportunity to go to 28,615RMB based on performance and evaluations)

Assistant Professor: 29,046-31,993RMB (with the opportunity to go to 35,588RMB based on performance and evaluations)

Associate Professor 36,127-38,967RMB (with the opportunity to go to 42,705RMB based on performance and evaluations)



JOB ID: 2262

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


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 almost 15,000 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). 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.

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 trainings in making creative content and arts, the School has been constantly developing a mix of practice, research, creativity and industry engagement with the cultural 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 and PhD programmes as well. 


Coordinate and deliver modules across a range of digital media arts, television production, and filmmaking subject areas

Prepare content and lesson plans for module delivery

Curriculum development

Manage media arts output of projects within the School, both within the curriculum and in extra-curricular activity approved by the School

Supervise and/or advise on creative projects

Contribute to the further development of the Department’s programmes

PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES: The successful applicants will have academic and/or industry experience directly related to Digital Media Arts, Visual Effects and/or Animation projects.  He/ she will be able to demonstrate practical knowledge and understanding of creative design processes. They will also be expected to teach fundamental modules on visual aesthetics and design, including visual communication, 2d/graphics design, and creative media authoring skills. In terms of advanced specialties, the person will be expected to have developed extended practices in visual effects/special effects, post-production, or motion media-related areas, e.g. animation, expressive motion graphics, visual storytelling, interactive media or other applications oriented to generating creative content.

We are open to applicants who present themselves with high relevance to these attributes. Specifically, the successful applicant will work around with the existing staff whose expertise are geared towards Media and Entertainment industry. We thus value highly the experience directly related to such industry. The available number of posts and their desired specialties are:

  • Visual Communication Design/Special Effects: 1
  • Motion Design/Animation: 1


Terminal degrees (PhD/MFA) in the relevant subject areas

Research (desirable) and teaching experience within a university environment

Proficient working knowledge of Digital Media Arts-related software, e.g. Adobe Creative Suite, Maya, Cinema 4D, After Effects, 3Ds Max, Nuke, Houdini, 2D/3D Multimedia Authoring Applications, Interactive Content Developing Tools


The ability to teach creative design processes for Digital Media Arts students.

Knowledge of film, TV or game special effects, modelling, motion capture skills and technology, etc. or animation.

Knowledge of design management and practical opportunities for aspiring motion designers.

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 willingness in developing practice-based research/applied research

Exhibition/show planning and execution


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 online. https://career15.sapsf.cn/sfcareer/jobreqcareer?jobId=2262&company=xjtlu

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.

For specific enquiries relating to the position, please email School Dean, Prof Evelyn Li-Chuan MAI at Evelyn.Mai@xjtlu.edu.cn. Informal enquiries may be addressed to HR Wenwen KE at Wenwen.Ke@xjtlu.edu.cn.

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