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Associate Professor in Mechanical Engineering

Ningbo, China
RMB620,374 to RMB762,597 per annum depending on skills and experience
Closing date
27 Jun 2024

Department of Mechanical, Materials and Manufacturing Engineering

Faculty of Science and Engineering

Join a unique British University in China. The University of Nottingham Ningbo China (UNNC) was the first Sino-foreign university to open its doors in China. This award winning campus offering a UK style education has grown to establish a student body of over 9,000 in just 20 years. The University of Nottingham Ningbo China, a pioneer in Sino-foreign tertiary education, is rapidly expanding.  It is looking for ambitious, talented academics with a passion for teaching as well as research flair to join its team of science and engineering experts. UNNC is part of the University of Nottingham’s Global University, and offers unique teaching and research opportunities in a highly dynamic economy.

The Department of Mechanical, Materials and Manufacturing Engineering is an dynamic and fast growing department, to contribute your talent for the department further development. The department offers BEng (Hons) Product Design and Manufacture (2+2, 4+0) and BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering (2+2, 4+0) programmes which cover mechanics, dynamics, kinetics, thermodynamics, energy, fluids, materials, manufacture, ergonomics and design. The department has strong links with the corresponding departments in the UK and Malaysia campuses of the University of Nottingham. Its exceptionally close involvement with Chinese and international institutions and industries ensures a high quality teaching and research in the relevant professional fields.

We seek to appoint an associate professor in mechanical engineering, preferably with the international experience of teaching in a higher education institution. The person appointed will be expected to contribute to teaching and curriculum development for undergraduate and postgraduate programmes and to supervise undergraduate and masters dissertations. The successful candidate will be expected to conduct original research in appropriate fields and play a lead role in collaborative research projects, leading to high quality publications and grant income. The person appointed will also be expected to assist with the administration of the Department of Mechanical, Materials and Manufacturing Engineering and the Faculty of Science and Engineering in general and thus contribute to the Department’s growth in the field of Mechanical Engineering.

The candidate must have a PhD degree in a relevant engineering discipline and excellent communication and presentation skills in English. Experience of supervising PhD and Master students and experience of teaching, tutorial or laboratory work at undergraduate and postgraduate level in an international English-speaking institution are preferable.

Salary will be within the range of RMB620,374 to RMB762,597 per annum depending on skills and experience (salary progression beyond this scale is subject to performance).  In addition, an attractive package including employment support allowance, schooling support and insurance will be provided for international appointments.

The post will initially be offered on a fixed term contract with the University of Nottingham, Ningbo China for a period of five years starting from September 2024 or as soon as thereafter.. This contract may be extended on an indefinite basis by mutual agreement.

Full application shall include applicant’s cover letter, English CV, teaching statement, research statement and publication list. Late submission and incomplete application would not be considered for shortlisting.

Interviews will take place in Ningbo, China and likely interview dates are around July 2024, but they are subject to change. Interviews may be conducted online if candidates cannot travel to Ningbo to attend the in-person interviews.

For more details and/or to apply on-line please access:

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Professor Xiaogang Yang, Head of Department of Mechanical, Material and Manufacturing Engineering, email ( Please note that applications sent directly to this email address will not be accepted. If you are unable to apply on-line, please contact Recruitment Team, email (

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