Faculty Positions in Industrial Design - AI-Driven Design and Creative Robotic

Suzhou, China
20 Nov 2023
07 Jan 2024
Fixed Term
Full Time

School: Design School

Department: Department of Industrial Design

Position: Faculty Positions in AI-Driven Design and Creative Robotic [Open-Rank]

Location: Suzhou, China

Salary: Salary and benefits packages are competitive and commensurate with rank and experience.

Position ID: 3595

Number of Opening: 2

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

Advertisement Closing Date: 7th January 2024 (early submission is encouraged)


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.


The Department of Industrial Design at Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University, established in 2013, trains future designers for the transformative eras of China and the world. Aligning with China's carbon neutrality goals, the Department positions itself at the forefront of tackling global challenges and leading the transition to a sustainable circular economy.

The Department is now entering an exciting new phase of development focused on "Emerging Design," strategically capturing cutting-edge advances and pioneering new approaches to revolutionize user experiences with technologies like AI, digital reality, new materials, and robotics. By building on our strengths while creatively reimagining the future, we aim to empower students' expertise and knowledge to drive positive global impact. Through expanded global partnerships, sharing of human-centered design best practices, and rigorous speculative and applied research, our vibrant ecosystem nurtures students to become creative problem-solvers equipped to excel in the market and help shape sustainable future lifestyles.

All our department’s programs are accredited by the internationally recognized Chartered Society of Designers, which is based in the UK. Join us as we prepare the next generation of design leaders ready to tackle humanity's greatest challenges.

For detailed information about the department, please visit https://www.xjtlu.edu.cn/en/study/departments/design-school/industrial-design


To further strengthen research and teaching aligned with the Emerging Design theme, the Department seeks to add talent and expertise in two key areas:

  1. AI-Driven Design: The ideal candidate will apply generative design methods and tools integrating digital fabrication technologies with artificial intelligence through open innovation. Research and application domains include, but are not limited to, AI-assisted design processes, AI-enhanced products and experiences, and critical design with AI. The successful candidate will develop innovative concepts, tools, and platforms intertwining creative design approaches with machine intelligence, potentially linking them to consumer applications.
  2. Creative Robotics: The ideal candidate will apply robotics technologies to develop innovative user experiences. Research and application domains include, but are not limited to, assistive technologies, exoskeletal design, physical prototyping and fabrication, and robotics for healthcare and wellbeing. The successful candidate will develop innovative concepts, tools, and platforms intertwining creative design approaches with robotics, potentially linking them to consumer applications.

While we welcome applications from relevant disciplines outside industrial design, we look for creative elements exhibited in your qualifications and experiences, suggesting potential to develop research initiatives that will advance design knowledge and applications. Ideal candidates should be experienced with or prepared for studio-based teaching activities, which involve intensive tutorials and hands-on creative project development.


  • Teach design studio and taught modules, including student academic mentoring.
  • Research through classic academic realm via research projects, innovations, and publication or via industrial practice. Publications at a level appropriate for the discipline and designation. Applications to external research funds.
  • Service to support the administrative side of the department, school and the university or extracurricular activities for students, staff, discipline.
  • Complete PG Certification unless already holding one teaching certification or similar
  • Participation in departmental activities and work culture.
  • Positions of administrative responsibility at departmental/cluster/school level.
  • Typical split of teaching: research: service is 40:40:20.


  • Successful applicants to the position of Lecturer/Assistant Professor should possess:
  • PhD in Industrial/Product Design/HCI/Engineering with 2 years of teaching experience
  • Master's degree in industrial/product design with a minimum of 5 years of experience in practice at the managerial level, or in education with active engagement in academic research
  • Fluent in English
  • Successful applicants to more senior ranks should also possess:
  • PhD in Industrial/Product Design/HCI/Engineering with a minimum of 7 years of academic experience and excellence in academic achievements
  • Master's degree in industrial/product design with a minimum of 10 years of experience demonstrating extensive senior executive experience equivalent to a Design Director role along with at least 2 years of education experience, or an established research profile evidenced by publication, PhD supervision, and successful grant funding
  • Fluent in English


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.


The university provides every new faculty members with Research Development Fund to encourage them to initiate research projects, and Research Engagement Fund provided to support their continuous research activities. 

The university will also support all faculty members to apply for national, province and city level programs. These programs aim to support excellent scientists, both Chinese and non-Chinese-citizen, to work and carry out research in China. 

Some of the programs are listed in the table below. Successful applications are based on the applicant’s educational background, academic/research field, research achievements, working experience, etc. The university will provide full support on the applications. 

Talent/Research Program - Fund

  • Outstanding Youth Science Foundation Project (Overseas)
    • RMB 1-3 Million
  • Innovation Leading Talent
    • up to RMB 2 Million
  • Outstanding  Leading Talent of International Discipline
    • 50% of Annual Package
  • Young Leading Talent of International Discipline
    • 50% of Annual Package


SALARY: Competitive salary in the market


  1. Allowance: XJTLU provide various month/annual/one-off allowances as
    • Housing allowance
    • Travel allowance
    • Kids’ 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 Lave
    • Paid Sick Leave
    • Marriage Lave
    • Paternity Leave
    • Parental leave
    • Etc.
  4. Working visa and residence permit in China: 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=3595&company=xjtlu. Applications must be submitted in a single pdf file that includes 3 parts in the order of:

  • A cover letter highlighting your interest in the specific post and explaining how your background and expertise are relevant
  • A current CV, including date of birth, country of citizenship, and highest degree level, contact details for three References 
  • Teaching and or project portfolio (it is also acceptable as an additional attachment)

For specific enquiries relating to the position, please email Head of Department, Dr. Cheng-Hung Lo at ChengHung.Lo@xjtlu.edu.cn. Informal enquiries may be addressed to HRBP for Design School, Ms. Xinyun Yang at Xinyun.Yang@xjtlu.edu.cn. Please quote the position and job ID in your enquiry.