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Lecturer/Associate Professor in Civil Engineering (Hydraulics and Hydrology)

Xi'an Jiaotong - Liverpool University

DEPARTMENT: Civil Engineering


POSITION TITLE: Lecturer/Associate Professor in Civil Engineering (Hydraulics and Hydrology)

LOCATION: Suzhou Campus


Lecturer 5: 27,115-29,866RMB (with the opportunity to go to 33,222RMB based on future annual performance and evaluations after being in post)

Associate Professor: 33,726-36,377RMB (with the opportunity to go to 39,867RMB based on future annual performance and evaluations after being in post)



JOB ID: 995915



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 almost 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.

The Department of Civil Engineering aims to provide professional academic training of JBM accredited degree courses, which focus on the core subjects of structures, hydraulics, geotechnics, materials, surveying and project management. The Department is continuously developing research areas in the sustainable development of Civil Engineering. The Department currently offers two BEng undergraduate degree programme in Civil Engineering and Architectural Engineering and two MSc degree programmes in Civil Engineering and Sustainable Construction. The Department also operates a doctoral degree (Ph.D.) programme, where Ph.D. students are supervised by faculty members in their specialty areas.

The Department welcomes applications in the areas of Hydraulics, Hydrology and Environmental Engineering for the positions of Lecturer/Associate Professor.


General Responsibility

  1. Engage actively in the learning and teaching activities of civil engineering and related programmes;
  2. Contribute to the further enhancement of research performance and outputs;
  3. Provide administrative contributions to the department and University.

Main Responsibility and Accountability


  1. Engage actively in research activities as evidenced for example by publication, grant income, and supervision of doctoral students;
  2. Deliver high quality and effective teaching, as evidenced for example by peers, students and external examiners;
  3. Contribute to the management of departmental activities.

Associate Professor

  1. Engage actively in and sustain research activities as evidenced for example by publication in international peer reviewed journals, research grant income, and supervision of doctoral students to completion;
  2. Show evidence of international recognition in the research subject area (such as membership of editorial and advisory boards, award of prizes, and invitations to contribute at conferences);
  3. Provide research leadership within the Department;
  4. Be responsible for the implementation of aspects of University strategy relating to learning and teaching, as evidence for example by contributions to the management of learning and teaching within the Department and/or University, and significant development of curricula and/or assessment practices;
  5. Demonstrate evidence of external recognition for teaching and assessment;
  6. Normally have substantial learning and teaching experience or relevant learning and teaching qualification for example through completion of a recognised qualification in the practice of learning and teaching at higher education level;
  7. Deliver high quality and effective teaching, as evidenced for example by peers, students and external examiners;
  8. Provide effective Leadership within the departmental context.


The candidate has to be a strong team player and self-motivated individual with good interpersonal and relationship building skills and high standards of professionalism. The post holder should also have a good research record, an international research profile, promoting and delivering high quality teaching and research as well as the skills to develop research links with external organisations. The post holder will be expected to enhance XJTLU’s excellence in research and teaching in the area of civil engineering.


  • The candidate will have a PhD degree and experience in civil engineering or an appropriate field;
  • Appropriate research experience for the corresponding academic position;
  • Fluency in English.


  • Postdoctoral experience;
  • University level teaching experience;
  • The post holder should normally have professional qualification and membership of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) or Institution of Structural Engineers (IstructE) or equivalent.


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 65 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 Three References

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. Konstantinos Papadikis 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: ¥27,115 to ¥36,377
£3,096.53 to £4,154.25 converted salary*
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 20th December 2019
Closes: 15th February 2020
Job Ref: 995915
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