Professor in Economics

Suzhou, Jiangsu (CN)
Jul 10, 2020
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Jul 31, 2020
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

DEPARTMENT: International Business School Suzhou (IBSS)




SALARY: Professor: 48,114 RMB/month (with the opportunity to go to 53,229 RMB/month based on future annual performance and evaluations after being in post)



JOB ID: 996132

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


The University

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 is research-led and has committed significant investment into research development. Only twelve years after its launch, the University has already climbed to the 79th position in China on the QS ranking (out of about 3,000 Universities in the country) and is quickly emerging as a model higher education institution in China.                    

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.

International Business School Suzhou

International Business School Suzhou (IBSS) at Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University is growing in size and influence in pursuit of its vision to be a leading international business school. The school is based on strong principles of internationalism, innovation, inspiration and integrity, which together ensure that we have a positive impact on society through our teaching, research and business engagement. In that pursuit, IBSS became the youngest business school to be accredited from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) in 2016, and again, the youngest School to receive EQUIS accreditation in 2018.

IBSS currently has more than 100 academic staff and more than 5,000 students and is growing every year. As it continues to expand, IBSS now seeks to appoint further academic leaders and this, in turn, offers an exhilarating opportunity for academics from around the world to play a part in leading this unique institution’s academic growth.

IBSS delivers a range of undergraduate, postgraduate, MBA, PhD and Executive Education programmes in the fields of Economics, Management, Accounting and Finance. Undergraduate programmes in Economics include both the widely popular BSc in Economics and BSc in Economics & Finance, whereas Master’s programmes include MSc in Economics & Finance and MSc in Business Analytics. The Economics Department in IBSS initiated the university-wide Research Institute for Economic Integration (RIEI), which is a platform for research focused on the integration between and within Asian economies, Europe and the Pacific. In addition, the Department also has a strong focus on behavioural economics and hosts the IBSS Experimental Economics Lab as well as the IBSS Biometrics Lab.


XJTLU is a research-led university and correspondingly, International Business School Suzhou is a research-led business school. In this context, even though the workload of faculty in IBSS is generally shared between teaching, research, and service, Professors are expected to greatly contribute to the research activity of the School. Research activities include the publication of research articles, attendance of international conferences, and applications for research funding.

Research performance in the School is benchmarked on internationally recognised lists of journal quality such as the Academic Journal Guide (UK) – a.k.a. the ABS list – and the ABDC list (AUS). The target levels on those lists are ABS3/ABDC: A or above.

In addition, Professors are also expected to hold leadership roles (service) with the Department, School, or the University, using their experience and expertise to represent the Economics Department and the Business School.

In terms of teaching, all faculty within the Department are required to teach and Professors should be willing and able to teaching at all levels, including undergraduate, masters, PhD, and executive education.


Successful applicants to the position of Professor are expected to:

  • Hold a PhD degree in a field related to economics.
  • Have a strong record of academic publications in good journals based on the benchmarks listed above. Note that Professors should have experience publishing at the level of ABS4/ABDCA*
  • Have successfully obtained and managed grants and funding (external to the home institution).
  • Have experience supervising PhD students to completion
  • Have actively contributed to the development of an academic unit through significant and sustained service roles


Successful applicants should have experience with:

  • Creating new modules/courses in the broader field of economics
  • Managing programmes
  • Experience teaching international classrooms

In the present round of recruitment, all fields of economics (including adjacent ones) will be given full consideration.


Successful applicants should preferably possess the following attributes:

  • Adaptability
  • Affinity with cross-cultural settings
  • Full command of the English language for teaching purposes


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. Generous, multi-year income ‘tax holiday’ may apply to non-Chinese passport holders, 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 65 may be not eligible for PRC work visa.


Please send your application to AcademicPositions@xjtlu.edu.cn. In the subject line write the Position 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.