EVS Associate Professor/Lecturer

Xi'an Jiaotong - Liverpool University – Department of Environmental Sciences

Applications are invited for the position in the Department of Environmental Science at Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University.

Successful applicants will have, or expect shortly to receive, a PhD, or be able to demonstrate appropriate professional experience. Applicants will have good 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 environmental engineering, environmental management, environmental impact assessment, GIS and remote sensing with applications in the domain of environmental science are particularly encouraged to apply.

The Department currently has 7 academic staff and 4 technical staff members. The language of instruction is English. Within the university, the Department of Environmental Science cultivates a learning environment that fosters independent, innovative and responsible fundamental and applied research. We recruit students from amongst the top 5% of high school students. The Department aims to provide its undergraduates with a thorough grounding in key disciplines including Biogeochemistry, Ecology, Environmental Chemistry and Pollution, Geomorphology, Geographic Information Systems, and Global Change Mitigation and Adaptation. Synergies with the international community entail that the Department also recruits international students, particularly at the PhD level, ensuring a diverse student body. The Department aims to establish an internationally-competitive reputation in specific areas of regional and/or global relevance. In addition to a BSc and PhD in Environmental Science, related degree programmes will be established in due course.

The Department of Environmental Science has dedicated facilities in the XJTLU Emerging Sciences Building, newly constructed in 2016. We have so far established 1,200 m2 of teaching and research labs equipped with major instrumentation such as ICP-MS, GC, GCMS, HPLC, Gamma Spectrometer, Scanning Electrochemical Microscope, and a full suite of equipment for analysis of basic environmental water, soil, and air quality parameters. Additionally we have specialized labs in areas of environmental ecology, environmental microbiology and molecular biology, and environmental imaging. Our base facilities are able to meet most research requirements in the areas of environmental chemistry, environmental biology and ecology and physical geography. Additional facilities such as an Outdoor Teaching and Research Space (including a greenhouse, small wetlands and other support), environmental growth chambers and a sediment-laden wind tunnel are currently in development, presently scheduled for completion over the next two years.

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. 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. 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.

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

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