Lecturer/Associate Professor

Xi'an Jiaotong - Liverpool University - Department of Biological Sciences

Applications are invited for a position in the Department of Biological Sciences at Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University. The Department specialises in the molecular biosciences and currently has 16 academic staff and over 200 students. 

The successful applicant will have a PhD degree and should be able to demonstrate appropriate professional experience. Applicants should have some teaching experience and evidence of the ability to produce high quality research publications. Candidates for the position of Associate Professor should also have a strong track record in teaching and academic supervision, as well as an international research profile in their fields and a successful record of research funding. Candidates with teaching and research interests in cell biology or in structural biology are particularly encouraged to apply.

Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU) 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 over 9,000 students studying on campus, with a further 3,000 based at the University of Liverpool, UK. 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. 

The Department of Biological Sciences focuses on molecular bioscience and has recruited faculty from globally distinguished institutions working in this discipline. Although relatively new, the Department is already establishing a solid reputation, as indicated by the growing number of grant awards to its staff (e.g. from the National Natural Science Foundation of China) and national and international research collaborations (e.g. with Novartis and Unilever plc). It has state-of-the-art instrumentation housed in custom-built labs, and with excellent technical support. Staff also benefit from the fact that Suzhou is a biomedical ‘hot-spot’ – Cold Spring Harbor Asia (http://www.csh-asia.org/index.html) is located within walking distance, as is BioBay, a major national biotechnology hub with over 350 biotechnology companies (http://en.biobay.com.cn/main/index.asp). Current research areas in the Department include: bioinformatics, cancer, cell signalling; genomic instability, molecular microbiology; neuroscience, proteomics, transcription factors, and virology. The Department currently offers undergraduate degree programmes in biological sciences and in bioinformatics, and an M.Res. degree programme in Molecular Bioscience.

XJTLU is located in the Dushu Lake Science & Education Innovation District of Suzhou, and is 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. Suzhou is a major growth zone, including operations run by nearly one-fifth of the Fortune 500 top global companies. As one of the best economically performing cities in China, Suzhou’s GDP (USD $228.87 billion) is greater than Portugal’s. The broader Suzhou area encompasses the spirit of both old and new in China, with the historic waterways, UNESCO World Heritage classical gardens, and the I.M Pei-designed Suzhou Museum attracting millions of tourists annually. It offers an excellent quality of life with high environmental standards. The nearby Jinji Lake provides attractive views by day and by night, and there are a variety of shopping facilities, international and local restaurants, entertainment hubs and a great nightlife.  Suzhou is also home to four international schools.

The salary range for the Lecturer positions (equivalent to Assistant Professor in the US system) is 25,057 – 30,701 RMB/month (Lecturer), and 31,166 – 36,840 RMB/month for Associate Professor I positions. In addition, 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 where they have previously been domiciled and personal circumstances. 

To apply: please visit our website at http://job.xjtlu.edu.cn/ to submit an online application. You will be asked to upload your CV and cover letter (in English) outlining your interest in the position, and to complete Applicant Information and Equal Opportunities Forms. 

Applications should be received by 18 November 2016 (please quote reference 995060). Informal enquiries may be addressed to the Head of Department, Professor David O’Connor (Email: David.OConnor@xjtlu.edu.cn).

To learn more about working & living in China, please visit: www.jobs.ac.uk/careers-advice/country-profiles/china

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