PHT Associate Professor/Lecturer in Health and Society

Xi'an Jiaotong - Liverpool University - Department of Public Health

Applications are invited for the position of Lecturer (L3 to L5) in Health and Society in the Department of Public Health at Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU). The successful candidate is expected to deliver undergraduate modules in the related fields of health and society and global health. Applicants must be able to start immediately. Applicants must hold a doctoral degree in public health, health sociology, development or related fields and are expected to have records of scholarship, funded research, teaching and advising, and service in the area of public health. Information about the Department of Public Health may be found at 

Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University is a unique collaborative institution, the first and currently the only university in China to offer both UK (University of Liverpool) and Chinese (Ministry of Education) accredited undergraduate degrees. Formed in 2006, the first cohort of students graduated in August 2010. The University now has close to 10,000 students studying on campus. The language of instruction is English. XJTLU aims to become truly research-led, and has recently committed significant investment into research development and the expansion of PhD student numbers on campus. 

XJTLU is located in the Higher Education Town of Suzhou Industrial Park (SIP), well-connected via nearby airports to cities such as Hong Kong, Seoul, Tokyo, and Taipei, and via high-speed rail to other major cities in China. SIP is a major growth zone, including operations run by nearly one-fifth of the Fortune 500 top global companies. Greater Suzhou is now the fourth largest concentration of economic activity in China in terms of GDP ($195 billion in 2012). The broader Suzhou area encompasses the spirit of both old and new in China, with the historic old town’s canals, UNESCO World Heritage Site gardens, and the I.M Pei-designed Suzhou Museum attracting millions of tourists annually. SIP offers an excellent quality of life with high environmental standards. The nearby Jinji Lake provides attractive views, by day and by night, and there is a variety of shopping facilities, international and local restaurants, entertainment hubs and nightlife. Suzhou is also home to four international schools. 

An initial contract of up to three years will be offered, contingent on successful review following a period of probation. Members of academic staff are entitled to accommodation and travel allowances, medical insurance, and relocation expenses. Overseas staff may receive a tax “holiday” of up to three years, depending on nationality, residence and personal circumstances. 

To Apply
Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis via our website Informal enquiries may be addressed to the Head of the Department, Dr Elmer Villanueva (Email: 

Main Responsibility and Accountability
The position is accountable to the Head of the Department of Public Health. 


  1. Develop, deliver and evaluate teaching modules in health and society, and global health.
  2. Attract and successfully supervise postgraduate students working in the field of public health. 


  1. Initiate, lead and conduct collaborative research projects with academic colleagues, community and industry partners.
  2. Produce high quality publications within the field of public health.
  3. Secure external research funding and promote research excellence.
  4. Disseminate research results at domestic and international seminars, workshops and conferences. 


  1. Participate in the setting of strategic directions in the Department of Public Health.
  2. Exercise a high degree of personal professional autonomy and act as an expert resource in health and society, and global health. 

Position Qualification Requirement

Skills and Knowledge 


  • A record of achievement in higher education and scholarship.
  • A record of effective teaching experience in the undergraduate and postgraduate levels.
  • A record of research publications.
  • Excellent communication skills, a commitment to the importance of scholarship and diversity, a spirit of entrepreneurship and an understanding of the role of the university in the world.
  • Familiarity with the new teaching media and visual communication 


  • Ability to work effectively with a diverse group of colleagues and students.
  • Ability to work flexibly, without close supervision and meet deadlines 

Qualifications and Experience 


An earned doctorate from an accredited institute in a discipline related to public health.