Assistant / Associate Professor / Senior Associate Professor in Linguistics

Suzhou, China
26 Jul 2022
End of advertisement period
22 Aug 2022
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

DEPARTMENT: Applied Linguistics


POSITION TITLE: Assistant/Associate Professor/Senior Associate Professor (open rank)


POSITION OPEN DATE: January 7th 2023


JOB ID: 2709

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


Join the Department of Applied Linguistics, within the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at China’s leading Joint Venture university. 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


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), which also contributes a Linguistics pathway on four UG programmes. We are also currently developing an Applied Linguistics Research Laboratory, for Psycholinguistic and Phonetic research, with eye tracking technology.

Linguistics at XJTLU is a rapidly expanding area. We are seeking a dynamic and enthusiastic Assistant/Associate/Senior Professor with excellent research, teaching, and supervision qualifications who will contribute to the department’s research profile. The research area is left open, but applicants who can complement our existing strengths are particularly welcome. 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, which include Sociolinguistics, Multilingualism, Discourse Analysis, Corpus Linguistics, Cognitive Linguistics, and Psycholinguistics.


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, an ability to develop a module in Forensic Linguistics, and to teach Language of the Law would be an advantage. The successful candidate must also be able to contribute widely to the Undergraduate Programme, including in least two 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, Syntax, Language of the Law, and Language and Gender. A contribution to academic administration will also be expected.

Staff typically teach 1-1.5module(s) per semester, depending on student numbers. The typical contact hours are around 6 hours per week.

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


  • A Ph.D. degree or equivalent in 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.


Members of Compensation Package

Range of Annual Base Pay:

Assistant Professor: 360k-400k RMB
Associate Professor: 450k-490k RMB
Senior Associate Professor: 540k-580k 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.

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 65 may be not eligible for a work visa in the P.R. China.


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 that explains how you fulfil the criteria specified in this job description
  • A current CV, including date of birth, country of citizenship, and highest degree level
  • Contact Details for three references

Please note that it is not necessary to apply for both this position and the position in Applied Linguistics/TESOL — please submit your application only for the position for which you are the best fit.

Applications should be received by the closing date stated above.

For specific enquiries relating to the position, please email DrPenelope Scott, Head of the Department of Applied Linguistics (Email: penelope.scott@xjtlu.edu.cn). Informal enquiries may be addressed to HR at Mengdie.Sun@xjtlu.edu.cn. Please quote the position and job ID (2709) in your enquiry.

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