Faculty Positions in Environmental Science

School: School of Science

Department: Health and Environmental Sciences

Position: Faculty Positions in Environmental Science

Location: Suzhou, China

Contract Type: Fixed-term, renewable. 3rd contract is open-ended


In 2006 Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU) was created by the University of Liverpool and Xi’an Jiaotong University – a top ten university in China. Offering a unique international education experience, XJTLU brings together excellent research practice and expertise from both institutions and gives students the skills and knowledge they need to secure careers in a global marketplace. XJTLU now has over 25,000 enrolled students in both Suzhou and Liverpool in the UK, with plans to grow to about 28,000 students by 2025. There are currently about 2,000 staff, among which about 1,000 academic staff, with an almost even split between citizens of the People’s Republic of China and international passport holders. XJTLU offers our undergraduates and postgraduates over 100 programmes with a diverse spectrum of courses.

XJTLU is entering a new and exciting phase of its development as part of its strategic priorities for the next ten years. Adopting a new higher education model based on the concept of Syntegrative Education (SE), XJTLU is currently opening a new Entrepreneurial Education site in Taicang, part of wider Suzhou, where the Entrepreneur College (Taicang) is located. The Taicang site will be a pioneer of, and educational model for, the future campus in addressing challenges arising from the 4th Industrial Revolution. Other new initiatives include new working partnerships with Xi’an Jiaotong University, the continued development of the four new Academies, and exploration of further potential locations to develop the SE model.

With a focus on innovative learning and teaching, and research, XJTLU draws on the strengths of its parent universities, and plays a pivotal role in facilitating access to China for UK and other institutional partners. At same time, XJTLU is exploring future education by blending the educational theory, best practice and culture from west and east.

For detailed information about the university, please visit www.xjtlu.edu.cn.


Through research, education and community engagement, the Health and Environmental Sciences Department at XJTLU seeks to discover, investigate, and solve complex environmental and health problems that affect humans in a rapidly changing urban and rural environments. The department  research and teaching emphasis areas are in ecology and environmental pollution with 21 academic staff positions, currently 1 open positions and 15 staff hired within the last 4 years.



Applications are invited for a position at either assistant or associate professor level in Environmental Science in the Department of Ecology and Health and Environmental Sciences at Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University.

The positions are 40% research, 40% teaching and 20% service. Initial appointment is on a 3-year contract and is equivalent to a tenure track position. Research expertise can be in any basic or applied area of environmental science. The successful appointees will teach courses in Environmental Science according to current and future Departmental needs. HES has current teaching needs in environmental chemistry.



The successful applicant is required to have a PhD or equivalent degree in Environmental Science or a related field relevant to environmental sciences and appropriate research and teaching experience to be appointed as Assistant/Associate Professor. English is the instruction language at XJTLU.


  • PhD or equivalent degree in Environmental Science, Ecology, Biology, Geography, Natural Resource Science, or a related field relevant to environmental sciences
  • Appropriate research experience to be appointed as assistant/associate Professor
  • Fluency in English
  • Teaching ability in environmental science or ecology


  • Postdoctoral experience
  • University level teaching experience 
  • Research interest in China
  • Teaching expertise in any area of ecology or environmental chemistry 


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.


  1. Clear career development path with annual review.
  2. Professional development trainings are provided.


SALARY: Competitive salary in the market


  1. Allowance: XJTLU provide various month/annual/one-off allowances as
    • Housing allowance
    • Travel allowance
    • Education allowance
    • Relocation allowance
    • Etc.
  2. Commercial insurance: international insurance plans customized for XJTLU staff and family members. (details refer to the University Policy)
  3. Paid holidays:
    • Statutory Holidays (11 days)
    • Annual Leave (36 days)
    • Family Matters Leave
    • Paid Sick Leave
    • Marriage Leave
    • Paternity Leave
    • Parental Leave
    • Etc.
  4. Working visa and residence permit in China:
  5. XJTLU sponsors working visa and residence permit in China for the staff.  


Please submit your application on our university website https://career15.sapsf.cn/sfcareer/jobreqcareer?jobId=1702&company=xjtlu

Applications must be submitted in a single pdf file that includes 5 parts in the order of:

  • A cover letter,
  • A current CV, including date of birth, country of citizenship, and highest degree level,
  • Brief 1-page research and teaching statements,
  • One, and only, sample publication,
  • Contact Details for Three References.

Applications should be received by the closing date stated above. Informal enquiries about the positions and the department may be addressed to Head of the Search Committee, Dr. Johannes Knops (Email: johannes.knops@xjtlu.edu.cn). Other informal HR enquiries may be addressed to the Recruiter at lidan.yang@xjtlu.edu.cn. Please quote the position and job ID in your enquiry.