Assistant Professor (Lecturer) in Building Services Engineering

Ningbo - China
£36,261 to £48,677 per annum depending on qualifications and experience
Closing Date:
Saturday, 15 December 2018

The University of Nottingham Ningbo China (UNNC) was the first foreign university to open in China and is part of The University of Nottingham, which is ranked in the top 1% of all universities worldwide according to the QS World University Rankings 2013. 

Placed 7th in the UK for research power by the current national Research Assessment Exercise (RAE), Nottingham is a major research institution delivering work that is defined as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’. 

Described by The Times as “the nearest Britain has to a truly global university”, The University of Nottingham has invested continuously in its award-winning campuses in the UK, China and Malaysia, attracting talented staff and students from all over the world. 

UNNC delivers The University of Nottingham’s top-quality teaching and high-impact research from its base in Ningbo, Zhejiang province, China. Located less than two hours south of Shanghai by train, UNNC has more than 7,000 students and 700 staff from around 50 countries worldwide.

High-quality research and education 

Since opening our doors in 2004, we have established ourselves as one of China’s leading providers of international education, as well as an inspiring and stimulating place to work. 

Both academic and professional services staff are either seconded from The University of Nottingham in the UK or recruited to The University of Nottingham’s standards.

Our academics are expected to be effective teachers but are also given support to carry out high-impact research that is relevant to China's interests and needs. Research spans all faculties and disciplines and staff are encouraged to present their work at international conferences, while professional services staff at all levels benefit from career development support. 

The University’s working language is English and all our degree programmes, coursework materials and exams are in English. 

Our teaching is subject to the same quality assurance processes as The University of Nottingham and our students graduate with a Nottingham degree. High standards are maintained across the three campuses through continuous module assessment, internal audits and external examination. 

A global university in China 

By joining UNNC you be living in China at the height of its economic development, gaining a global prospective and experiencing an exciting new culture.

Our secure, green campus has clean, comfortable and secure accommodation for staff and a dedicated clinic with doctors and nurses on 24-hour call. A convenient on-campus high street has a range of shops, restaurants, an ATM and spaces for recreation, while shopping malls, entertainment facilities and other amenities are all within walking distance or a short bus or taxi ride from the campus. 

There are three established international schools in Ningbo and more are set to open to cater to the city’s growing international community.

Populated with more than seven million people, Ningbo offers the opportunity to feel at home among an array of international shopping outlets, restaurants, clubs and bars. It also provides the chance to embrace culture and tradition – bustling streets house markets selling a variety of antiques, textiles and delicious Ningbo cuisine.

Ranked 7th in Forbes’ (2012) list of the top cities for business in China, Ningbo’s import and export industry is one of the most important to the city and its businesses. The city is a mix of modern skyscrapers and traditional architecture, which complement stunning parkland and scenic spots. 

The city’s excellent transport links mean that Ningbo is easy to travel around and an ideal base from which to explore China and Asia. The city’s airport connects it to China’s major cities as well as some international destinations, such as Hong Kong, Macau and Taipei.

Centre of science and engineering excellence 

The Faculty of Science and Engineering is one of the newest Faculties at the University, but it is expected to become one of its biggest as The University of Nottingham Ningbo, China rolls out its detailed, long-term plans.  A 14,000m² building for science and engineering was recently opened. This is currently being equipped to enable the teaching and research to be conducted to the same high international level as the University of Nottingham in the UK.  

The University expects to triple its number of science and engineering students to over 3,000 within the next few years. The first crop of UNNC science and engineering students began to graduate in 2012 and Master of Science degrees will be offered in a range of subjects in the near future.  

Our science and engineering students reap the benefits of studying in an environment where conducting research that is relevant for modern business and industry is a priority. China’s ambitious development goals include plans to become known for scientific excellence and innovation and reducing the country’s enormous carbon footprint. The authorities have identified organisations like UNNC to help it achieve its national objectives. 

UNNC is committed to becoming a leading green university and is building on its research, teaching and operational excellence to achieve this. We are playing a major role in developing technologies that will have a significant impact in reducing carbon emissions. 

The University draws on the research expertise and experience at the University of Nottingham to deliver world-leading research and teaching in science and engineering here in Ningbo – a major industrial and manufacturing node for China and for the world. Our academic team includes scholars who have been responsible for important engineering patents. 

Further details

For further details see the websites of:

The University of Nottingham Ningbo China:  

The University of Nottingham:   

Informal enquiries may be addressed to: Dr. Ali Cheshmehzangi (, Head of Department of Architecture and Built Environment, Faculty of Science and Engineering and Director of CSET (Center for Sustainable Energy Technologies), University of Nottingham Ningbo, China. Please note that applications sent directly to this email address will not be accepted.

Please quote ref. 180445         Closing date: 15 December 2018

Please be advised that your references will be contacted prior to interview.

Interview will take place in Ningbo China.

To learn more about working and living in China, please visit:

“As the first Sino-foreign collaborative University, The University of Nottingham China (UNNC) has just passed its successful first decade with high-quality graduates, excellent teaching and a fast growing research portfolio. The University is located in Ningbo, one of the most vibrant and liveable coastal cities in China. You will find at UNNC a warm welcome and many exciting opportunities for professional and personal development.”

Professor Chris Rudd

Provost and Pro-Vice Chancellor
The University of Nottingham Ningbo China

University of Nottingham Ningbo China

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Ningbo, 315100,China

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