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Associate Professor

Xi'an Jiaotong - Liverpool University - Computer Science and Software Engineering

DEPARTMENT: Computer Science and Software Engineering

ACADEMIC DISCIPLINE: Computer Science and Software Engineering

POSITION TITLE: Associate Professor

LOCATION: Suzhou Campus

SALARY: Salary is based on experience and qualification.

The scales for salary are: 

  • Associate Professor: 33,726-36,377RMB/month (with the opportunity to go to 39,867RMB/month based on future annual performance and evaluations during tenure).

POSITION OPEN DATE: 10 November 2019

ADVERTISEMENT CLOSING DATE: 31 December 2019 (early submission of applications is encouraged)

JOB ID:  996018



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 15,000 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.

CSSE aims to provide our students with a solid theoretical foundation which is coupled with strong emphasis on practical applications and implications. Our academic members are actively engaged in research of international quality. The Department has been successful in attracting funding from local, provincial, national and international funding agencies. It currently offers two undergraduate programmes: (1) BEng Computer Science and Technology, and (2) BSc Information and Computing Science, and contributes significantly to four further undergraduate programmes: (1) BSc Information Management and Information Systems, (2) BEng Digital Multimedia Technology, (3) Digital Media Arts, and (4) BSc Bioinformatics. Its postgraduate provision includes: (1) MSc Applied Informatics, (2) MRes Computer Science, (3) MSc Financial Computing, and (4) MSc Social Computing. The Department currently has approximately 1000 undergraduate, 100 masters and 30 PhD students in our Suzhou campus.


Applications are invited for Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering (CSSE) at Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU). The successful applicant will have expertise for teaching and research in financial computing, social computing, big data and artificial intelligence, and human-computer interaction as well as general areas of computer science (e.g. programming, databases, networking, operating systems and IT project management). Applicants will have extensive teaching experience, have published high quality papers in their area of expertise, have been successful in obtaining research grants, and have substantial experience in the supervision of research students. The successful candidate, in addition to teaching typically two modules/courses per year (i.e. one per semester), will provide leadership in curriculum development and enhancing our research profile at the international level. They are expected to assume administrative responsibilities based on their experience.


  • Self-motivated and being able to motivate others
  • Strong leadership and interpersonal skills
  • Strong team player
  • Proactive and flexible but with good respect for deadlines
  • Able to work in an environment where diversity and inclusiveness is appreciated


  • A PhD in computer science or a closely aligned area and PG Cert HE or equivalent;
  • Ideally 7 years of teaching/research experience at a university or equivalent;
  • PhD supervision capacity;
  • Strong publications record in an area of expertise;
  • Evidence of success in obtaining research grants;
  • Fluency in English.


  • Professional memberships such as BCS, IET, ACM, IEE and HEA;
  • Strong knowledge / experience in international higher education.


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 Position 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 country of citizenship, and highest degree level
  • Contact details for 3 referees

Applications should be received by the closing date stated above.

Informal enquiries about the positions and the department may be addressed to Head of the Department, Dr Hai-Ning Liang at

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: ¥33,726 to ¥36,377
£3,851.51 to £4,154.25 converted salary* per month
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 15th November 2019
Closes: 31st December 2019
Job Ref: 996018
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