UPD Associate Professor/Senior Associate Professor

Xi'an Jiaotong - Liverpool University – Department of Urban Planning and Design

DEPARTMENT: Department of Urban Planning and Design  

ACADEMIC DISCIPLINE: Urban Planning and Design  

POSITION TITLE: UPD Associate Professor/Senior Associate Professor 

LOCATION: Suzhou Campus 


Associate Professor: 34,738 – 37,469 RMB/month (with the opportunity to go to 41,063 RMB/month based on future annual performance and evaluations after being in post) 

Senior Associate Professor: 41,686 – 44,174 RMB/month (with the opportunity to go to 47,422 RMB/month based on future annual performance and evaluations after being in post) 



JOB ID: 995652 

CONTRACT TYPE: Full-time (3-year contract, renewable. 3rd contract is open-ended)  


Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU) is a unique collaborative institution, the first and currently the only university in China to offer both UK (University of Liverpool) and Chinese (Ministry of Education) accredited undergraduate degrees. 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), 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 Urban Planning and Design sets out to offer a globally competitive, professional planning and urban design programme unique in its focus on both local Chinese and international planning and urban design policy and practice. Research areas include urbanisation and urban regeneration in China, heritage and landscape conservation, local identity, migration and regional restructuring, smart cities, and participatory systems of planning. 


The Department seeks to appoint an associate professor (or senior associate professor) in Urban Planning and Design Planning. The successful applicant will bring together interdisciplinary expertise in urban planing and design to advance future programmes and collaborations within Design School, and maintain an active research profile in the field of urban planning and design.  

In terms of teaching, all academic staff within the Department are required to teach, and Associate Professors should be willing and able to teaching at all levels, including undergraduate, masters, and PhD. 

The workload of academic staff in the Department is generally shared between teaching, research, and service, Associate Professors are expected to greatly contribute to the research activity of the Department. Research activities include the publication of research articles, the development of external research collaboration, and applications for research funding.  


Applicants should have good teaching experience and evidence of the ability to produce high quality research publications. Applicants are expected to have good language skills in English, and be able to teach in English, the language of instruction at the university. The successful appointee will be expected to teach; to undertake research in their area of specialisation on both individual and group projects, and to be actively engaged in the publication of the results; and to participate in the administration and development of the Department of Urban Planning and Design.  


Successful applicants to the position of Associate Professor are expected to:  

  • Hold a PhD degree in a field related to urban planning and design.  
  • Have a strong record of academic publications in internationally-recognised journals 
  • Have successfully obtained and managed grants and funding (external to the home institution). 
  • Have experience supervising PhD students to completion 

Successful applicants to the position of Senior Associate Professors are expected to:  

  • Hold a PhD degree in a field related to urban planning and design.  
  • Have a strong record of academic publications in internationally-recognised journals 
  • Have successfully obtained and managed grants and funding (external to the home institution). 
  • Have experience supervising PhD students to completion 
  • Have held service roles in higher education 


Successful applicants should preferably have experience with:  

  • International and/or Chinese urban planning practice 
  • Contributing to the development of an academic unit through significant service roles 
  • Creating new modules/courses in the broader field of urban planning and design 
  • Managing programmes  
  • Experience teaching international classrooms 

In the present round of recruitment, all fields of urban planning and design will be given full consideration. However, applicants in the following fields are especially welcome:  

  • Rural planning 
  • Chinese planning practice 
  • Urban analytics 


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 AcademicPositions@xtjlu.edu.cn. 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 statement about teaching experience in higher education; research experience, publications to date, and a research plan; and any evidence of administrative and managerial competence 
  • 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 may be addressed to the Staff Management Team at AcademicPositions@xjtlu.edu.cn. Please quote the position and job ID in your enquiry.