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Xi'an Jiaotong - Liverpool University - Department of Chemistry

DEPARTMENT: Chemistry  

ACADEMIC DISCIPLINE: Novel Materials, Sensors, Energy and Catalysis, Biological and Medical Chemistry, or other related disciples



SALARY: Commensurate with experience and includes a general allowance and benefits package  

POSITION OPEN DATE: Fall Semester 2019


JOB ID: 995836 



Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU) is a unique collaborative institution and the first joint-venture university in China to offer both UK (University of Liverpool) and Chinese (Ministry of Education) accredited undergraduate degrees for all programmes. 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). Suzhou has been ranked the 74th most liveable city in the 2018 Global Liveability Index. Additionally, it is 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.       

XJTLU is now seeking to appoint a new Professor who will be instrumental in ensuring the continued development of the Department’s research strengths in Chemistry.

The incoming Professor will strengthen the Department’s broader research interests in the areas of Materials Chemistry and Sensors, Energy and Catalysis, and Biological and Medicinal Chemistry, and ensure continued programme development that reflects both student needs and current market trends.

The University welcomes applications from candidates with cross-disciplinary expertise in areas cognizant to the Department. Individuals with expertise in interdisciplinary research are particularly welcome to apply.

The Department of Chemistry is a department which has moved extremely fast and achieved significant milestones in a very short amount of time. The Department enjoys state-of-the-art research and teaching facilities and equipment, which have been crucial to the development and growth of the Department.

The Department delivers both undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in Applied and Advanced Chemical Studies, and its undergraduate degrees are accredited by the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC), counting XJTLU among the first Sino-Foreign institutions to achieve this distinction.


The position of Professor is crucial to the effective operation of the Chemistry Department. This position performs a key leadership role at international level, with full engagement with the University’s strategies and policies. This position also carries with it the expectation for the successful candidate to further enhance the University’s reputation with the subject of Chemistry.

This Professorial appointment will also be focused on developing research activities and practices within the department. There are three main responsibilities for this post: teaching, research, and administration.


Suitable candidates for the Professorial role will be able to evidence:

  • PhD Degree in Chemistry or a closely related field, or demonstrable appropriate professional standing, e.g. through industrial experience.
  • International standing and profile within Chemistry, as evidenced by high quality publications, grant income and citation and impact indices.
  • An excellent track record in teaching and curriculum development, and the ability to provide academic leadership.
  • Distinguished academic leadership at an international level.
  • Considerable leadership and management experience, including the effective management and use of resources.
  • An ability to act as a mentor for younger members of staff.
  • Willingness and ability to take on major leadership roles within the University, and to perform the role successfully as measured by performance indicators and university wide-evaluation.
  • An ability to contribute to the development and implementation of University strategies and policies.


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.

Funding for research activities are available through University funding schemes.   


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

More substantive issues may be addressed to the Vice President Academic Affairs, Prof David Goodman at

Location: Suzhou - China
Salary: Commensurate with experience and includes a general allowance and benefits package.
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 12th July 2019
Expires: 11th August 2019
Job Ref: 995836
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