Head of Department

Xi'an Jiaotong - Liverpool University - Department of International Relations

Applications are invited for the founding positon as initial Head of Department in the new Department of International Relations, Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University [XJTLU], Suzhou.

The focus of the new Department of International Relations will be on China’s international relations, and specifically the social and economic interactions between the Jiangnan Region of China and the rest of the world, both inbound and outbound. The department will offer a BA in International Relations from both the University of Liverpool and XJTLU, and plans to offer a MA in China’s International Relations, and a PhD in International Relations. In addition to undertaking research projects on China’s international relations, the Department will also produce advice on interactions between the Jiangnan Region and the rest of the world to society and government.

The successful applicant will have a record of leadership and excellence in research, teaching and learning at university-level in a relevant area of International Relations. Preference will be given to expertise on China’s international relations. Candidates must have a PhD, appropriate publications and professional experience for their stage of career development and demonstrated team-building and inter-personnel skills.

Applicants are expected to be able to teach in English, the language of instruction at the university. The successful appointee will be expected to teach; to undertake research in their area of specialisation; and to participate in the administration and development of XJTLU. Appointment as Head of Department is for an initial three years, with one further appointment for three years possible.

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 has 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, and the SIP has a higher GDP per capita than the UK. 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.

Salary is by negotiation.

Applications should be made online (http://job.xjtlu.edu.cn) and received by 31 July 2017.

Informal enquiries may be addressed to David Goodman, Head, Humanities and Social Sciences  (Email: david.goodman@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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