Associate Professor / Assistant Professor in Cultural and Creative Industries

DEPARTMENT: Academy of Film and Creative Technology

ACADEMIC DISCIPLINE: Cultural and Creative Industry Studies, Creative Economics, Marketing and Branding, Ethics and Policy, Intellect Property, Film and Media Producing and Management, Cultural Heritage and Tourism

POSITION TITLE: Associate Professor/Assistant Professor

POSITION OPEN DATE: 5th March, 2022


JOB ID: 2626

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


Located in Suzhou, within the Yangtze Delta area, China, Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU) is a young, dynamic and English Medium Instruction university founded in 2006. It 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 more than 100 programmes. XJTLU has ambitious aims to become a world-class research-led institution, 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, and plans to grow to about 25,000 students by 2025.

XJTLU’s initial and main campus is located in the Higher Education Town of Suzhou Industrial Park (SIP), well-connected via nearby airports to cities such as Hong Kong, Seoul, Tokyo, and Taipei, and via high-speed rails to other major cities in China, including nearby Shanghai. Greater Suzhou is now the fourth largest concentration of economic activity in China in terms of GDP.

XJTLU is finalising the building of a new teaching, research and entrepreneurial campus in Taicang, part of Greater Suzhou. Opening in September 2022, Industry-themed schools and entrepreneurial degrees have been established through collaboration with the Taicang Municipal Government and industry partners, and will be a central pillar of the university strategic priorities for the next ten years.

Brief Summary of Academy of Film and Creative Technology:

The newly created Academy, launched on 22nd May 2021, is the result of bringing together the two existing schools of Cultural Technology, and Film and TV Arts, under one academic roof. Uniquely within XJTLU, the Academy is multi-locational, providing cross-site opportunities for students, staff, industry and society.

Building on the core values of the university, the Academy brings together the areas of media, creativity and technology within the context of society to establish an international cultural ecosystem, driven by knowledge generation to advance industry and shape future society. The Academy is located in both the SIP campus, through the School of Film and TV Arts; and on the new campus in Taicang as part of the new Entrepreneur College, through the School for Cultural Technology. There are also ambitious plans to develop further educational, research and creative technology facilities in both Yangzhou, Jiangsu Province, and the Great Bay Area.

AFCT offers both undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes through its schools, non-degree short term professional training programmes, research and knowledge transfer services, and establishes partnerships and interacts with industries and society.


  1. Coordinate and deliver modules across cultural, creative and content industries in the producing, management, economics, entrepreneurships, policy and ethics areas. 
  2. Prepare content and lesson plans for module 
  3. Publish research, exhibit projects, or curate exhibitions in the areas 
  4. Develop curriculum for new programme
  5. Manage the film or creative productions or projects within the Programme/Academy or with industry partners, both within the curriculum and in extra-curricular activity approved by the Programme/Academy
  6. Supervise and/or advise on creative projects and research
  7. Contribute to the further development of the School’s programmes 
  8. Provide services and at least 10 office hours for academic counselling; attending Programme/School/Academy meetings, committees; organizing events, etc.  
  9. Complete works assigned by line manager/or Academy leaders 

PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES: The successful applicants will have academic and/or industry experience directly related to planning, curating, producing, enterprising and management in cultural and creative industries, including film, TV, online media, games, animation, immersive media, cultural tourism, cultural heritage, museum, gallery, event and exhibition, etc.  He/ she will be able to demonstrate knowledge, practical skills and understanding of cultural and creative industries with research or project outcomes. They will also be expected to teach modules on Introduction to Cultural and Creative Industries, Cultural Economics, Cultural and Media Policies, Audience Reception and Perception, Cultural Entrepreneurship, Visual Culture, Marketing and Branding for Cultural and Creative Industries, Intellectual Properties, etc.

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 from different schools under Academy whose expertise are geared towards Cultural, Creative and Entertainment industries. We thus value highly the experience directly related to such industries. The available number of the posts is 3.


Terminal degrees (PhD/MFA) in the relevant subject areas

Research and teaching experience within a university environment

Proficient working knowledge and experiences in the various areas of cultural and creative industries.


The ability to teach various areas of cultural and creative industries as described above.

Knowledge and skills of cultural and creative industries, including film, TV and stream media producing, and specialised in production management, marketing, branding, distribution, etc. Experiences in film, media and game producer, manager, operator, marketer, etc.

Knowledge of cultural tourism, heritage, policy, ethics, entrepreneurship, economics, etc.

High level of verbal and written communication skills.

The ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with colleagues and work cooperatively in the Programme/School/Academy.

Experience or willingness in developing practice-based research/applied research.

Abilities in Exhibition/show planning and curation.


Range of Annual Base Pay:

Assistant Professor: 360k-400k RMB
Associate Professor: 450k-490k RMB

Members of Academic Staff are entitled to subsidies for accommodation, travel, and children’s education, 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 submit your application


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.

For specific enquiries relating to the position, please email Associate Dean, Academy of Film and Creative Technology, Prof Evelyn Li-Chuan MAI at Evelyn.Mai@xjtlu.edu.cn.

Informal enquiries may be addressed to HR Wenyu PU at Wenyu.Pu@xjtlu.edu.cn.