Associate Professor / Lecturer Industrial Design

Suzhou, Jiangsu (CN)
Apr 11, 2019
End of advertisement period
Jun 15, 2019
Contract Type
Full Time


DEPARTMENT: Industrial Design
POSITION TITLE: Associate Professor / Lecturer Industrial Design
SALARY: The salary ranges for the Lecturer positions (equivalent to Assistant Professor in the US system) is as follows:  
Lecturer 5: 27,115-29,866RMB (with the opportunity to go to 33,222RMB based on performance and evaluations)
Associate Professor: 33,726-36,377RMB (with the opportunity to go to 39,867RMB based on performance and evaluations)


JOB ID: 995572 
CONTRACT TYPE: Fixed term contract with opportunity for renewal 

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). 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 Department of Industrial Design of XJTLU was established in 2013 and is growing rapidly. It focuses on human-centered product design, interaction design and service design that enables people to live desirable futures. The department educates creative industrial designers who understand China’s ongoing cultural, social, and economic transformation. The Department offers globally competitive design programmes at both Undergraduate and Postgraduate levels, with a focus on educating designers in both a Chinese and international context. Research areas within the department include but are not limited to Design Methodologies, Interaction Design, Design for Additive Manufacturing, Design Anthropology, Ergonomics, and User-Centered Design. The department offers an interdisciplinary and dynamic working environment that encourages initiative and leadership.

The successful applicant will have a PhD degree in Industrial Design or related fields and/or be able to demonstrate significant professional experience. Applicants should have good teaching experience and evidence of the ability to produce high quality research publications. Applicants are expected to have good language skills in English, and be able to teach in English, the language of instruction at the university. The successful appointee will be expected to teach; to undertake research in their area of specialisation on both individual and group projects, and to be actively engaged in the publication of the results; and to participate in the administration and development of the department of Industrial Design. 

You will be expected to have a key role in teaching design thinking, processes and skills and be part of the industrial design team at undergraduate and postgraduate level. Alongside this, you will also be expected to carry out research and have a plan for publishing work in the field of your expertise. There will also be the opportunity to supervise PhD students. You will have an enthusiasm for creatively shaping the academic environment, promoting new ideas and initiatives to innovate both within the curriculum and the broader development of the Industrial Design department. You will be an excellent communicator, team player, inspiring teacher and colleague.

We are looking for a strong, visionary and creative individual to complement and work with our academic team particularly in the disciplines of Product, Interaction and Service Design. Ideally, you will have a strong academic and research profile but we will also consider practitioners who can demonstrate a solid academic research potential. 

A Master’s Degree in a relevant field.

Experience in the following design related areas: engineering, sustainability, ergonomics, smart textiles, human-computer interaction, mechatronics, material science, business engagement, design management and branding and visual communication.

A PhD in a relevant field. 

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.    

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