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Lecturer /Associate Professor /Professor in Computer Science

Joint School of Southwest Jiaotong University - University of Leeds

(Full time, fixed term for four years)

The SWJTU-Leeds Joint School is a new joint venture between Southwest Jiaotong University (SWJTU) and the University of Leeds (UoL). The Joint School in Chengdu will award dual degrees in Computer Science, Electronic and Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and in Civil Engineering with Transport. The programmes are jointly taught in English by existing staff from SWJTU, UoL and others recruited directly for the Joint School, employed by SWJTU. The Joint School is committed to outstanding teaching and research across the natural sciences, engineering and technology.

The Joint School invites applications for the position of Lecturer/Associate professor/Professor in Computer Science. 

The field of this position addresses Robotics, Machine Learning, and Artificial Intelligence. 

The successful applicant may be appointed to a Lecturer /Associate professor /Professor, depending on his or her qualifications and career stage. The initial duration of this appointment is four years. It is possible to continue beyond this point. 

The appointee will teach in the above mentioned areas,in the Joint School, located in Chengdu, China. Holding a PhD in Computer Science or similar, the appointee shall have excellent English language communication skills, and enthusiasm to teach at undergraduate level, with the potential to initiate, develop, and deliver high quality teaching, in English.  Experience of teaching at undergraduate level is essential. High-level qualifications in scientific research are expected along with the capability to carry out research-based teaching. 

The appointee will also be expected to engage actively in research in relevant areas. The research activities will be based in but not restricted to the School of Information Science and Technology. It is possible to have an adjunct professorship dependent on the capacity of the appointee. 

The application should, include a covering letter, a curriculum vitae and two letters of recommendation (including the name and contact details of the current/latest employer), and must reach SWJTU by the closing date of the advertised post at  

Salary: Competitive salary – 250,000-300,000rmb for the post of Lecturers
Competitive salary – 300,000-400,000rmb for the post of Associate professor/Professor

Informal enquiries can be made to Ms Xia Xia, Secretary in the Joint School of Southwest Jiaotong University - University of Leeds, email: and telephone: 0086-28-66367509. 

The level of appointment and the associated salary, will be made dependent on the ability to demonstrate levels of teaching, research and leadership. Please see the person specification for further details.


Research-related enquiries can be made to Dr Huanlai Xing, School of Information Science and Technology, Southwest Jiaotong University, email:  

Location: Southwest Jiaotong University, Chengdu, China 

Closing Date: (TBD)

Interviews are expected to be held on (TBD)

Job Description 

Responsible to: Southwest Jiaotong University 

Reports to: Programme deputy director

Job Summary 

Main purpose of the job: Teaching and Research. To give lectures, laboratory classes, and other teaching activities as needed for the SWJTU-Leeds Joint School. To conduct high-quality research in Computer Science within the context of the Joint School. 

Main Duties and Responsibilities 


Teaching and research mainly in the areas of but not restrict to: Robotics, Machine Learning, and Artificial Intelligence.

For appointment as a Lecturer: to support labs and development of curriculum, to supervise undergraduate individual projects. To carry out high quality research, to publish results of research and to bid for research funding. 

For appointment as an Associate Professor: to support labs and development of curriculum, to supervise undergraduate individual projects, to win research funding, to carry out high quality research and publish results of research and supervise postgraduate theses

For appointment as a Professor: to support labs and development of curriculum, to supervise undergraduate individual projects, to win research funding to carry out high quality research and publish results of research and supervise postgraduate theses, and to provide academic leadership through international cooperation, planning and development of disciplines.  

Person Specification 

Essential: Experience in teaching in an English language environment. Research experience in an appropriate specialist area. 

Desirable: Teamwork, Working experience in a multi-cultural environment, Experience in international cooperation 

Further information about the Joint School 

University of Leeds – Southwest Jiaotong University Joint School 

The University of Leeds and Southwest Jiaotong University have excellent reputations in delivering the highest-quality teaching and research across the breadth of engineering. 

The Joint School brings together the expertise of these two leading institutions to provide high achieving students in China with the opportunity to benefit from an outstanding education and an exceptional student experience. 

The following undergraduate degree programmes will be offered by the Joint School for entry from September 2016: 

  • BEng Electronic and Electrical Engineering
  • BEng Mechanical Engineering
  • BSc Computer Science
  • BEng in Civil and Transport Engineering 

Research is at the heart of the Joint School’s learning and teaching. This is reflected in the content of the lectures and seminars, with students learning about the latest developments within their chosen subject. 

Each programme will equip students with the necessary skills to succeed within industry, including; design, problem solving, engineering ethics, numeracy and analysis skills, together with ‘transferable skills’, such as communication and team working. 

Each student will benefit from the integrated style of learning and teaching. Laboratory classes and project work provide the opportunity to be hands-on, gaining valuable experience in investigating and applying material from lectures to real-life situations. 

Students will be taught by highly respected academics that are experts in their fields. One third of teaching will be delivered by academics from the University of Leeds, typically carried out in short intensive blocks, with the remaining two thirds of the programme delivered by academic staff from Southwest Jiaotong University and the Joint School. 

The University of Leeds will oversee the delivery of the programme, ensuring students at the Joint School benefit from an exceptional student experience that is similar to the experience of a student at the University of Leeds.

Programme structure

During the first year of study, students will undertake modules in English, Mathematics and Physics, giving a foundation that allows students to progress to the second year of their programme. Students will be taught in English throughout the length of the degree and will follow the syllabus of the corresponding course taught at the University of Leeds. 

Students undertaking the dual programme have the option to study four years at the Joint School or two years at the Joint School followed by two years at the University of Leeds or three years at the Joint School followed by one year at the University of Leeds. Whichever option students decide upon, graduates will still gain a degree from the University of Leeds and a degree from Southwest Jiaotong University. 

Computer Science Department in Southwest Jiaotong University (SWJTU) 

Supported by its strong research capacities, SWJTU CS devotes to hundreds of research and development projects, including the National Program on Key Basic Research Project (also called 973 Program), National High-tech R&D Program (also called 863 Program), National Science and Technology Major Project and National Natural Science Foundation. With the help of diverse faculty and abundant teaching resources, SWJTU CS achieves remarkable results in cultivating competitive discipline leaders and becomes a high-level talents incubator in key specialties covering Computer Science & Technology, Software Engineering, Communications Engineering, Automation, and Internet of Things Engineering. SWJTU CS boasts valuable hardware sources, such as national-level laboratories, research institutions and innovation centers. It also possesses the strength to host academic competitions at national-level and provincial and ministerial-level and to develop joint cultivation and exchange programs. An increasing amount of high-quality papers have been published in top journals/conferences in the field of computer science, for example, IEEE TKDE, IEEE TEVC, IEEE TVT, IEEE TPDS, ACM MM, ACM SIGKDD, etc. In addition, according to Essential Science Indicators (ESI), SWJTU CS entered top 1% in 2016 for the first time. 

Location: Chengdu - China
Salary: ¥250,000 to ¥400,000
£27,915.50 to £44,664.80 converted salary*
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 22nd October 2018
Expires: 22nd December 2018
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