Associate Professor / Lecturer - Digital Media Arts

Suzhou, Jiangsu (CN)
09 Oct 2019
End of advertisement period
15 Nov 2019
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time


DEPARTMENT: School of Film and Television Arts

ACADEMIC DISCIPLINE: Moving Image: Digital Media Arts (Motion Design / Creative Design)

POSITION TITLE: Associate Professor / Lecturer


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 future annual performance and evaluations after being in post)

Associate Professor: 33,726-36,377RMB (with the opportunity to go to 39,867RMB based on future annual performance and evaluations after being in post)

POSITION OPEN DATE: 11th October 2019


JOB ID: 995956



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 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 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 the motion design and 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


The successful applicant will have industry experience directly related to Motion Design, Digital Media Arts, Web Design and/or Interactive design projects.  He/ she will be able to demonstrate practical knowledge and understanding of creative design processes.

In terms of advanced specialties, the person will be expected to have developed extended practices in motion media-related areas, e.g. expressive motion graphics, visual storytelling, interactive media or other applications oriented to creative content creation.

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 Film and Entertainment industry. We thus value highly the experience directly related to such industry.

They will be expected to teach fundamental modules on visual aesthetics and design, including visual communcation, 2d/graphics design and creative media authouring skills.


The candidate is expected to have any one of the following qualifications:

PhD or MFA, in the relevant subject disciplines

Relevant Master degree with substantial experience in the film and entertainment industry

Relevant Master degree with substantial teaching experience within a university, college or film/design school environment

Proficient working knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite is essential.


The ability to teach creative design processes for Moving Image students.

Knowledge of relevant experience in Interactive platforms such as VR, AR.

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

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 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.