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Research Associate in Hydrology and Water Resources

Xi'an Jiaotong - Liverpool University - Urban & Environmental Studies University Research Centre

DEPARTMENT: Urban & Environmental Studies University Research Centre

ACADEMIC DISCIPLINE: Hydrology and Water Resources, Environmental Science

POSITION TITLE: Research Associate in Hydrology and Water Resources

LOCATION:  Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University, SUZHOU CAMPUS

SALARY:  Master: Annual salary of 80,000-120,000RMB plus benefits

Doctor: Annual salary of 140,000-170,000RMB plus benefits

POSITION OPEN DATE: August 1, 2019


JOB ID:  995859

CONTRACT TYPE:  2-year fixed-term contract with opportunity for renewal 


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 programme. 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. Environment, development and urban related research are important research areas of the Departments of Health & Environmental Sciences, Urban Planning & Design, Civil Engineering and China Studies at XJTLU. Recently a University Urban and Environmental Studies Research Centre was established, with Wujiang district of Suzhou funding. The center employs 8 Ms and PhD level research associates. The centre aims to become an internationally significant research centre focusing on environmental, economic, social, demographic, and health changes caused by development and urbanization at the local level in China. A current research project is on developing a hydrological model of the entire Wujiang district that will allow us to determine sources and solutions for water quality problems. This position will be a core researcher for this initiative.


This job belongs to Urban & Environmental Studies University Research Centre in Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University. Suitable working environment and sufficient scientific research funds will be provided.

The research associate is sought to support investigation on causes of water pollution in Wujiang district, Suzhou City, Jiangsu Province, China. And successful applicant will work and collaborate with other researchers focused on urban planning, GIS, agriculture etc.

Job duties include designing, conducting and analyzing field and laboratory experiments, collecting data, establishing basin hydrological model, coordinating research activities with a team of collaborators, supervising technicians, and writing manuscripts.


  • Strong scientific research ability
  • Ability to work in a collaborative environment
  • Good English writing and oral communication skills
  • Independent working ability 


  • Master degree or PhD in Hydrology or Water Resources or related field
  • Research project experience
  • Familiarity with water resource management, river and lake pollution control, river and lake water quality monitoring and or water ecosystem restoration 
  • Fluency in English
  • Preferred is fluency in Mandarin Chinese 


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 as one PDF file. In the subject line write the Position you are applying for and quote the job ID number for reference.

Applications must be submitted in a single pdf file that includes 5 parts in the order of: 

  • A cover letter
  • A current CV, including country of citizenship, and highest degree level
  • Brief 1-2 page research statement
  • One sample publication
  • Contact Details for Three References 

Applications should be received by the closing date stated above. Enquiries about the positions may be addressed to Xia Meng (Email:

Other 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: ¥80,000 to ¥170,000
£9,136 to £19,414 converted salary* plus benefits
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 14th August 2019
Closes: 31st October 2019
Job Ref: 995859
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