Professor of Economics and Head of Economics Department

Suzhou, Jiangsu (CN)
02 Jul 2020
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17 Jul 2020
Contract Type
Full Time

DEPARTMENT: International Business School Suzhou

ACADEMIC DISCIPLINE: Economics Department

POSITION TITLE: Professor of Economics and Head of Economics Department

LOCATION: Suzhou campus

SALARY: The salary package is competitive and includes an administrative stipend for the position of Head of Department.

POSITION OPEN DATE: As soon as possible


JOB ID: 996103



Formed in 2006, Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU) is a joint venture of Xi’an Jiaotong University in China and the University of Liverpool in the UK. As an independent Sino-foreign cooperative university, XJTLU captures the essence of both of its prestigious parents and is the first and only of its kind approved by the Ministry of Education.

The language of instruction is English. Its undergraduate programmes are accredited in both China and the UK. XJTLU comprises of seven schools with over 15,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students. The university’s objective is to become a truly research-led institution and has recently committed significant investments into its research development and the expansion of its PhD programmes.


XJTLU is located in the Higher Education Town of Suzhou’s Industrial Park (SIP). Suzhou is a 2-hour drive west of Shanghai. The city is well-connected via nearby airports (Shanghai, Wuxi, and Hangzhou) to cities such as Hong Kong, Seoul, Tokyo, and Taipei, and via high-speed rail to most major cities in China.

Suzhou has a long history of being an educational center of China. And the Suzhou Industrial Park (SIP), with its abundance of research and development opportunities, is a regional hub of innovative change and home to over 120 of the Fortune 500 Companies. Greater Suzhou represents the fourth largest concentration of economic activity in China in terms of GDP, with a GDP per capita exceeding that of the UK.

Suzhou encompasses the spirit of both old and new in China, with the historic old town’s canals, UNESCO World Heritage Site gardens, and many museums 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. Suzhou has been ranked the 74th most livable city in the 2018 Global Livability Index.


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 by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) in 2016, and again, the youngest School to receive EQUIS accreditation in 2018.

The five departments of IBSS are the newly split Accounting and Finance, Economics, Intelligent Organizations and Marketing, and Strategic Management and Organizations with over 100 faculty members and more than 5,000 students from over 60 different countries. IBSS delivers a range of undergraduate, postgraduate, MBA, PhD and Executive Education programmes across a range of business disciplines.

Supporting its rapid expansion, IBSS now seeks to appoint a Head for the Economics Department to join the business school’s leadership team. This is an exciting opportunity for a senior academic and established researcher to become part of a young, fast-growing, and internationally recognized institution situated in the heart of one of China’s most innovative and entrepreneurial economic areas.

The Department of Economics hosts undergraduate programmes including BSc Economics & Finance and BSc Economics, whereas Master’s programmes include MSc Economics & Finance and MSc Business Analytics. The Department also runs a PhD programme in collaboration with the University of Liverpool Management School with a quickly growing number of doctoral students. The Economics Department is dynamic and research oriented, and despite its young age, recently ranked 10th in China on the Tilburg Ranking for economics research (research output, 2018). It also oversees the university-wide Research Institute for Economic Integration (RIEI), 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. In this context, even though the workload of faculty in IBSS is generally shared between teaching, research, and service, faculty members are expected to spend the majority of their time on research, followed by teaching, then service. 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 recognized 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.

Areas of responsibilities: (1) General leadership and management; (2) Academic leadership; (3) Managing people and resources. The Head of Department is responsible for the strategic planning of the department, and is to provide leadership, academic direction and oversight to the department. He/she will oversee the quality assurance process of teaching and assessment, provide faculty development guidance and assess performance criteria as well as direct the department’s external engagement. The Head of Department also assumes budgetary responsibilities.


The successful applicant is expected to have developed:

  • A motivational leadership style,
  • A solid wide range of managerial skills, and
  • Good interpersonal and communication skills.


The successful applicant is expected to have:

  • a PhD degree in Economics or a related field,
  • administrative experience, e.g., as Programme Director, Department Head, or Associate Dean,
  • at least ten years of teaching/research experience in higher education,
  • a significant record of academic publications in excellent international journals,
  • supervised PhD students to completion,
  • a successful record of research funding acquisition, and hold
  • the rank of Professor.


The successful applicant should preferably possess the following attributes:

  • Curriculum design and new programme development experience,
  • Teaching and/or research interest in Economics or related fields,
  • Engagement with professional community,
  • Experience as a leader/manager of an academic unit.


Members of Academic Staff receive generous subsidies for accommodation, travel, children’s education, and medical insurance. A relocation allowance is provided. Non-Chinese passport holders may qualify for multi-year income tax “holidays”, depending on nationality and tax residency.  


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 a work visa in the P.R. China.


Please send your application to AcademicPositions@xjtlu.edu.cn. In the subject line, please write the position title for which you are applying and quote the job ID number for reference.

Applications must be submitted in a single pdf file including: 

  • A cover letter,
  • A current CV, including date of birth, country of citizenship, and highest degree level, and
  • Three references with contact details.

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.