Assistant/Associate Professor in Linguistics/Applied Linguistics

Suzhou, China
27 Sep 2021
End of advertisement period
01 Dec 2021
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

DEPARTMENT: Applied Linguistics

ACADEMIC DISCIPLINE: Linguistics/Applied Linguistics

POSITION TITLE: Assistant/Associate Professor (open rank)



Assistant Professor: 29,046-31,993RMB/month (with the opportunity to go to 35,588RMB/month based on future annual performance and evaluations after being in post)

Associate Professor: 36,127–38,967 RMB/month (with the opportunity to go to 42,705 RMB/month based on future annual performance and evaluations after being in post)

POSITION OPEN DATE: September 1st 2022


JOB ID: 2023

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

University Overview

Located in Suzhou, China, Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU) is a young, dynamic and EMI university founded in 2006, and is a unique collaborative institution and first joint-venture university in China to offer both UK (University of Liverpool) and Chinese (Ministry of Education) accredited undergraduate degrees for more than 100 programmes. XJTLU also aims to become truly research-led and has committed significant investment into research development and the expansion of master’s and PhD student numbers on campus. The university has over 18,000 students and nearly 1000 academic staff representing in excess of 90 nationalities. For detailed information about the university, please visit www.xjtlu.edu.cn

Department Overview

The Department of Applied Linguistics is a research-intensive environment with two MA programmes: the MA in TESOL and MA in Applied Linguistics (with a Specialisation in Multilingualism), and also contributes a Linguistics pathway on four UG programmes. We are also currently developing a Applied Linguistics Research Laboratory, for Psycholinguistic and Phonetic research.

The Department of Applied Linguistics seeks a dynamic and enthusiastic Assistant/Associate Professor with excellent research, teaching, and supervision qualifications who will contribute to the department’s research profile in one of the following areas: Corpus Linguistics, Sociolinguistics, Discourse Analysis, and/or Cognitive Linguistics. We welcome applications from candidates interested in interdisciplinarity and collaboration within the Department and School. Please see https://www.xjtlu.edu.cn/en/study/departments/academic-departments/department-of-applied-linguistics/ for details of our existing colleagues and research strengths.

Further information on the School, University, and Suzhou may be found at the university website: http://www.xjtlu.edu.cn

Responsibilities and Duties

The appointee will be expected to contribute to the department’s research profile and should have an excellent track record of publication in their research area, appropriate to their stage of career. An ability and willingness to contribute to or lead collaborative and interdisciplinary research projects would be a strong advantage.

In terms of teaching, the successful candidate must be able to contribute widely to the Undergraduate Programme, including in least three of the following: Introduction to Linguistics: Grammar, Introduction to Linguistics: Discourse, English as a Global Language, History of English, Sounds of English, Language and Society, Semantics and Pragmatics, and Language and Gender. A contribution to academic administration will also be expected. 


  • A Ph.D. degree or equivalent in Linguistics, Applied Linguistics, or a related discipline is essential.
  • A strong track record or high potential of research, appropriate to stage of career is essential.
  • Experience of teaching in a Higher Education environment is essential
  • Experience of teaching and supervision at the Postgraduate level is highly desirable
  • Experience of Technology Enhanced Learning is desirable.
  • Evidenced teaching excellence is desirable

Compensation Package

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.

Citizenship and Visa Regulations

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.

To Apply

Please send your application online.


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; Please also include information about courses taught
  • Contact Details for Three References

Applications should be received by the closing date stated above.

For specific enquiries relating to the position, please email Head of the Department of Applied Linguistics Dr Penelope Scott at penelope.scott@xjtlu.edu.cn. Informal enquiries may be addressed to HRBP Wenwen Ke at Wenwen.Ke@xjtlu.edu.cn.

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