Lecturer/Associate Professor in China Studies (Chinese Politics)


DEPARTMENT: China Studies
ACADEMIC DISCIPLINE: China Studies (Chinese Politics)
POSITION TITLE: Lecturer/Associate Professor 
SALARY: 27,115-33,726 RMB per month 
POSITION OPEN DATE: 1 February 2020

JOB ID: 995768 

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 Department of China Studies at XJTLU teaches and researches about China's history and culture, society and politics, economy and business development. It has academic programmes that are open to both Chinese and international students - teaching is in English and no prior knowledge is required. The department also has an active outreach educational programme for staff at XJTLU and in the wider community. The Department offers a BA and an MA in China Studies, and PhD programs, as well as a one-year Diploma in China Studies for visiting international students. Its staff come from all over the world, and all are bilingual. All staff research and publish in their own discipline, as well as in the field of China studies. 

The Department seeks to appoint one lecturer/associate professor in Chinese Politics. The successful appointee will be expected to coordinate and deliver modules in Chinese politics; to supervise Master’s and PhD students; to contribute to the Department’s curriculum development; to undertake research in his/her area of specialisation on both individual and group projects, and to be actively engaged in the publication of the research; and to participate in the administration and development of the department of China Studies and the University.

The successful applicant will have a PhD in relevant fields and be able to demonstrate appropriate 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 both English and Chinese, and be able to teach in English, the language of instruction at the university. 


  • A PhD in relevant fields.
  • Good teaching experience in relevant subjects within a university (For non-Chinese nationals, two-year full-time teaching experience in higher education is required by the Chinese work permit policy).
  • Ability to teach in English.
  • Evidence of the ability to produce high quality research publications.
  • Good language skills in both English and Chinese.
  • The ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships and work cooperatively with colleagues at the Department and the University. 


  • Strong track record in teaching and academic supervision.
  • Strong track record in an international research profile in the field. 
  • A successful record of research funding.
  • Highly developed organisational and administrative skills.

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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