Assistant / Associate / Full Teaching Professor of Physics

Shanghai Jiao Tong University – University of Michigan-Shanghai Jiao Tong University Joint Institute

Position: Full-time, teaching only.

Contract: Multi-year, renewable.

About us: The UM-SJTU Joint Institute was established jointly by the University of Michigan and Shanghai Jiao Tong University in 2006 with the vision of being the first and foremost international engineering institute in China and one of the best in the world. The Joint Institute offers Bachelor's, Master's, and PhD programs in engineering, following the curriculum of the University of Michigan. All classes are taught exclusively in English. It has a top-tier faculty team and an extremely talented and motivated student body. Graduates are routinely placed at postgraduate schools of top universities around the world and recruited by multinational companies.

To find out more about UM-SJTU Joint Institute, please visit http://umji.sjtu.edu.cn.

About the position: The Joint Institute is looking for an instructor to teach undergraduate and graduate physics courses for engineering students. These may include a small number of laboratory-based courses. Depending on the applicant’s experience, a title of Assistant, Associate, or Full Teaching Professor is offered.

Responsibilities: Teaching responsibilities include delivering up to 6 classes per academic year, each requiring 3 to 4 academic hours of lectures and 2 hours of office hours per week based on a term length of 15 weeks. (These numbers will be slightly different for laboratory courses.)

The instructor will select and supervise student Teaching Assistants who will help with grading, conduct recitation classes, and perform other administrative duties.

Apart from teaching, the instructor is expected to participate in other institutional activities, including curriculum development, committee service, course evaluations, etc.

While the position does not entail any research responsibilities, such collaboration with engineering and physics faculty will be encouraged if desired.

Remuneration and Benefits: Depending on the applicant’s experience and skills, the base salary starts at 260,000 CNY per annum for Assistant Teaching Professors. In addition, a lump sum equal to 10% of the base salary is offered in lieu of pension and other social benefits. Comprehensive health insurance in China is provided, with optional coverage extending to the rest of the world and covering immediate family members. The Joint Institute will help new faculty apply for a transitional apartment provided by SJTU at a preferential rent. A financial housing benefit for rented apartments is also available.

Requirements: Applicants are expected to have a doctoral degree in physics or a related field and native-level English language skills. Substantial working experience after obtaining the doctoral degree, as a post-doctoral student or as an instructor, is normally required.

Experience in teaching undergraduate and/or graduate courses in physics is required, including (but not limited to) subjects such as classical mechanics, electricity and magnetism, and quantum mechanics.

Experience in the use of a computer algebra system and in conducting or supervising laboratory classes will be an advantage. Teaching experience or an additional background in mathematics or engineering is likewise an advantage.

A successful applicant will be passionate about teaching, willing to stay in Shanghai for a period of at least several years, and will consider a long-term commitment to teaching at the Joint Institute. In support, the position provides for a career title progression in the “Teaching Professor” track, analogous to that of research faculty, but without tenure.

Application Material:

  • Cover letter with details on background and qualifications.
  • Complete Curriculum Vitae.
  • Copy of degree certificates.
  • Names of three references.
  • Other supporting material.

Applications should be submitted by email to Ms Wendy Dai at ji-hr@sjtu.edu.cn. (Please indicate the position in the subject of the email.


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