Lecturer/Associate Professor: Product Design, Visualization & Design Thinking

Xi'an Jiaotong - Liverpool University – Department of Industrial Design

The Department of Industrial Design at Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU) in Suzhou, China offers a position at Lecturer (in the British and Chinese sense) or Associate Professor level.

Applicants are able to teach design studios and have industry experience with product design. Ideally they received training at an Art Academy or Design School. They have expertise in two or more of the following areas: Product Design & Semantics, Prototyping & Visualization and Design Thinking. In addition to that they might have experience with innovative teaching and learning techniques for design education.

Ideally they will have, or expect shortly to receive, a PhD. However, also candidates with a MA and sufficient professional experience are welcome to apply in which case they may be appointed as a Professor of Practice. Candidates should be able to produce high quality research, which can be artistic or scientific in nature. Candidates for the position of Associate Professor should also be able to demonstrate an international profile in their fields and a successful record of project funding. 

Successful applicants might contribute to two to four of the following modules at the Department of Industrial Design: Design Expressions, Studio: Human Needs, Studio: Industry Collaboration, Design Communication, Product Semantics and Aesthetics, Creativity Methods & Theory, Design for Sustainability, Design Strategy & Ethics, Final Year Project.

The Department of Industrial Design

The Department of Industrial Design of XJTLU was established in 2013 and is growing rapidly. It focuses on human-centered product, systems designs that enable people to live desirable futures. The department educates creative industrial designers who understand China’s ongoing cultural, social, and economic transformation. The department offers an interdisciplinary and dynamic working environment that encourages initiative and leadership.

Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University

XJTLU is a young and independent university that offers dual UK (University of Liverpool) and Chinese Ministry of Education (XJTLU) accredited undergraduate degrees. It is known as the foremost Sino-Anglo university in China. XJTLU embraces a research-led vision and invests in research development and the expansion of PhD, Master’s, and international student numbers. Being an international university, all programs are delivered in English.


XJTLU is based in Suzhou, which is one of China’s main manufacturing bases for high-tech products. Suzhou Industrial Park (SIP) is an economic growth zone in which nearly one-fifth of the Fortune 500 top global companies are active. There are many opportunities for collaboration with these companies. Suzhou is also a famous tourist destination and provides an excellent quality of life. It is located in the Yangtze River Delta and is only 25 minutes away from Shanghai by train.


The salary range for the positions is 23,850 – 29,222 RMB/month (Lecturer), and 29,664 – 40,497 RMB/month (Associate Professor). 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 nationality, residence and personal circumstances.

To apply:

Please submit your application at: http://job.xjtlu.edu.cn (appropriate apply button in job listing). Upload your CV and cover letter (in English) and complete an Applicant Information form and Equal Opportunities Form. Please also send us a syllabus examples of a module you taught or developed.

The cover letter outlines your interest and includes a research and a teaching statement. In your research statement, please include the following topics: plans for developing your artistic or scientific research, benefits to your career from being located in China. In your teaching statement, please describe your vision of how to prepare students for the future, your experience with interdisciplinary collaboration, and philosophy teaching Chinese and international students.

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the positions have been filled. A first round of interviews is planned for January. (please quote reference 995369). Informal enquiries may be addressed to the Head of Department, Dr. Derrick Tate (d.tate@xjtlu.edu.cn).

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

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