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Lecturer/ Associate Professor/ Professor in both Thermofluids and Vehicle Design and Analysis

Joint School of Southwest Jiaotong University - University of Leeds

(Full time, fixed term for four years) 

This role will provide you with the opportunity to be part of a new joint venture between South-West Jiaotong University (SWJTU) and the University of Leeds (UoL). These two universities have established a Joint School in Chengdu which will award dual degrees in Electronic and Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Civil Engineering with Transport and Computer Science. The programmes will be taught jointly 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. 

You will be expected to teach TWO modules, one on Thermofluids and one on Vehicle Design and Analysis in the fourth year of the degree programmes in the Joint School, located in Chengdu, China. 

Holding a PhD in Mechanical Engineering or a similar, appropriate discipline such as engineering, you will have excellent English language communication skills, and you will have the enthusiasm to teach at undergraduate level, with the potential to initiate, develop, and deliver high quality teaching, in English.  Experience of teaching Thermofluids or Vehicle Design and Analysis at undergraduate level is essential. You will also be able to demonstrate a flexible approach to work.

While this post is fixed term for four years at present, it is possible that the role may continue beyond this point. 

Your application, which will include a covering letter, a curriculum vitae and two letters of recommendation (including the name and contact details for your current/latest employer, whom will be contacted with your permission if you are offered the job), 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 decision to appoint at the level of Lecturer and your 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.

Location: Southwest Jiaotong University, Chengdu, China 

Closing Date: (TBD)

Interviews are expected to be held on (TBD) 

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 in 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. 

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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: 13th March 2019
Closes: 12th May 2019
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