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Head of Division and Senior Associate Professor, Communication Studies

Xi'an Jiaotong - Liverpool University - School of Film and Television Arts

SALARY: 40,471 – 46,041 RMB/month.


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 over 10,000 students studying on campus. The language of instruction is English. 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, and the SIP has a higher GDP per capita than the UK. 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.

The JC-School of Film and Television Arts was built on the departmental strengths in communication and culture. With the addition of a film school and training in practical filmmaking and the creative arts, the School is developing a mix of practice, analysis, research, creativity and industry engagement with the film, television and creative industry sectors in China and internationally. 


The position of Senior Associate Professor will have strategic and budgetary responsibilities to develop and manage the inner-school division of Communication Studies. Working with the Dean of School and senior lecturing staff the position holder will consult both externally and internally to modify existing programmes and modules in line with the School’s strategic plan. The post holder will also be responsible for senior administration responsibilities and membership of university committees.  


The successful candidate should have relevant expertise within the area of communication studies, media studies or cultural studies and have a strong background and teaching record in a number of areas such as contemporary media theories, public relations and advertising, media management, and empirical research methods. Familiarity with Chinese culture is an advantage. The School seeks a scholar who has a strong publication record. 


  • The successful candidate must have a PhD degree in communication studies or a relevant field (e.g. media or cultural studies, social sciences).
  • Proven academic leadership
  • Evidence of high quality, internationally recognised publications or other relevant outputs in research or leading edge practice
  • Evidence of a leadership and development role in high quality teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate level
  • Strategic thinker
  • Thorough understanding of University management systems and the wider higher education environment


  • In depth knowledge of specialism to enable the development of new knowledge, innovation and understanding in the field
  • Strong record in attracting research and/ or scholarship funding or other income generation.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Able to communicate complex and conceptual ideas to a range of groups
  • Evidence of a positive contribution to the administration and general life and work of an academic institution.


Members of Academic Staff are entitled to subsidies for accommodation, travel, and children’s educational, medical insurance, and a one-time relocation allowance is provided. Overseas staff may receive a tax “holiday,” depending on nationality and personal circumstances. 


Employment at Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University is regulated by Chinese Labour Laws, and must comply with the regulations of the provincial government. These regulations stipulate who is eligible for legal employment with regard to obtaining work permits and visas. Please be advised candidates over 55 may be not eligible for PRC work visa.


Please send your application to In the subject line write the Positon you are applying for and quote the job ID number for reference.

Applications must be submitted in a single pdf file that includes 3 parts in the order of: 

  • A cover letter
  • A current CV, including date of birth, country of citizenship, and highest degree level
  • Contact Details for Three References 

Applications should be received by the closing date stated above.

Informal enquiries may be addressed to the Staff Management Team at Please quote the position and job ID in your enquiry.

Location: Suzhou - China
Salary: ¥485,652 to ¥552,492
£54,228.87 to £61,692.36 converted salary*
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 30th November 2018
Closes: 11th January 2019
Job Ref: 995685
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