Associate Professor / Assistant Professor in Urban Planning and Design

Suzhou, China
23 Aug 2022
End of advertisement period
10 Oct 2022
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

School: Design School

Department: Department of Urban Planning and Design

Academic Discipline: Urban Planning and Design

Position Title: Associate Professor/Assistant Professor in Urban Planning and Design

Location: Suzhou Campus

Annual Basic Salary:

Associate Professor: 450,000-490,000 RMB
Assistant Professor: 360,000-400,000 RMB

Position Open Date: 23rd August 2022

Advertisement Closing Date: 10th October 2022

Job ID: 2895

Contract Type: Full-time (Fixed-Term/3-year contract, renewable. 3rd contract is open-ended) 

University Description

Located in Suzhou, China, Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU) is a young, dynamic and EMI university founded in 2006. XJTLU is a unique collaborative institution and one of the first joint-venture universities in China to offer both UK (University of Liverpool) and Chinese (Ministry of Education) accredited undergraduate degrees for more than 100 programmes. XJTLU aims to become truly research-led and has committed significant investment into research development and the expansion of masters 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 Urban Planning and Design sets out to offer a globally competitive, professional planning and urban design programme unique in its focus on both local Chinese and international planning and urban design policy and practice. Research areas include urbanisation and urban regeneration in China, heritage and landscape conservation, local identity, migration and regional restructuring, smart cities, and participatory systems of planning.

Responsibilities and Duties

The Department seeks to appoint multiple positions at the levels of Associate Professor or Assistant Professor in Urban Planning and Design to join our academic staff. The successful applicants will bring together interdisciplinary expertise in urban planning and design to advance future programmes and collaborations within Design School and maintain an active pedagogic profile in the field of urban planning and design.

All academic staff within the Department are required to teach and should be willing and able to undertake teaching at all levels, including undergraduate, masters, and PhD. The workload of academic staff in the Department is generally shared between teaching, research, and service. Senior positions are expected to contribute to the research activity of the Department greatly. Research activities include the publication of research articles, the development of external research collaboration, and applications for research funding.

In the present round of recruitment, all fields of urban planning and design will be given full consideration. The successful applicants will be dedicated to enhancing interdisciplinary education and contributing to multiple subject areas in urban planning and design.

However, applicants in the following fields are especially welcome:

  • Urban design studios at all levels
  • Planning in the UK
  • Chinese planning law and governance

Personal Attributes

Applicants should have good teaching experience and evidence to produce high-quality research publications. Applicants are expected to have good language skills in English and be able to teach in English, the language of instruction at the university. The successful appointee will be expected to teach; undertake research in their area of specialisation on both individual and group projects; be actively engaged in the publication of the results; and, participate in the administration and development of the Department of Urban Planning and Design.

Essential Qualifications/Experiences

Successful applicants to the position of Associate Professor are expected to:

  • Hold a PhD degree in a field related to urban planning and design.
  • Have a strong record of academic publications in internationally-recognised journals
  • Have successfully obtained and managed grants and funding (external to the home institution).
  • Have experience supervising PhD students to completion
  • Have relevant experience in curriculum development
  • Have had experience delivering effective teaching to a high standard.

Successful applicants to the position of Assistant Professor are expected to:

  • Hold a PhD degree in a field related to urban planning and design.
  • Have a record of academic publications in internationally-recognised journals
  • Have successfully obtained and managed grants and funding
  • Have had experience delivering effective teaching to a high standard.

Desirable Qualifications/Experience

Successful applicants should preferably have experience with:

  • International and Chinese urban planning and design practice
  • Contributing to the development of an academic unit through significant service roles
  • Managing academic programmes
  • Experience teaching international classrooms
  • Recognised professional qualification and accreditation (such as MRTPI)

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 on XJTLU career website, the link is


Applications must be submitted that includes three 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 Head of Department, Prof. Joon Sik Kim at joon.kim@xjtlu.edu.cn. Informal enquiries may be addressed to HRBP of Design School Ms. Xinyun Yang at Xinyun.Yang@xjtlu.edu.cn. Please quote the position and job ID in your enquiry.

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