Visiting Professor/Associate Professor/Assistant Professor at the School of Design


  • Location: Shenzhen - China
  • Salary: Not specified
  • Hours: Full Time
  • Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
  • Placed on: 1st October 2020
  • Expires: 30th November 2020
  • Job Ref: academic recruitment 2020

The School of Design 

The School of Design at the Southern University of Science and Technology (SUSTech) in Shenzhen is recruiting Professor/Associate Professor/Assistant Professor. Applicants with the following background are welcomed: product design, media art and technology, and man-machine interaction. The successful applicant in one program may be required to teach cognate subjects in other programs. The school has the following program: 

  • The Product Design program will address the structural optimization of products, make innovation in the ways of providing services, enhance the competitiveness of products, and improve the quality and efficiency of supply systems.  
  • Media Art and Technology will collaborate with well-known Internet-based media companies in Shenzhen in network gaming, animation, interface design, and digital media development.  
  • The Man-machine Interactive Design program will engage with artificial intelligence (AI), big data, intelligent wearable devices, augmented reality (AR), and virtual reality (VR).  

The education offered at the School of Design integrates research with learning with a strong interdisciplinary and industry focus and draws upon the strengths of SUSTech in advanced manufacturing, new materials and artificial intelligence. The teaching language at SUSTech is bilingual, either English or Putonghua. It is perfectly acceptable to use English in all lectures, assignments, exams.  

Roles and Responsibilities 

Visiting Faculty (teaching and research):  

Positions available: Professor / Associate Professor /Assistant Professor 

Appointments will be made for visiting faculty with track record of creative design practice and research. The appointment will be for five or ten months (one or two semesters).  

Primary roles and responsibilities of visiting faculty: 

  • Teach a design studio and an elective course each semester for the duration of the appointment; 
  • Deliver a research and/or design project that draws connections to capacities in Shenzhen;
  • Provides students with appropriate learning materials and expertise in assigned subjects; 
  • Evaluates students’ performance and provide effective feedback to guide student learning and success; 
  • Responsible for contributing to and maintaining an inclusive and collaborative environment; 
  • Deliver a public lecture and/or prepare an exhibition that communicates the research, teaching, and/or creative work conducted during the appointment at the school. 

Qualifications 

  • Research degree in a relevant discipline for which you are applying  
  • Experience in teaching in the discipline identified  
  • Experience in design practice if relevant 
  • Ability to read, write and converse in English  

Terms & Applications 

Applications should specify the position sought and address the roles and responsibilities described. Applicants should have an earned Ph.D. degree and demonstrated achievements in both research (including in practice) and teaching. SUSTech has identified entrepreneurship as one of the main directions of the university. Strong support will be provided to possible new initiatives and candidates with experience in entrepreneurship and the translation of research through design are invited to apply.  

SUSTech is committed to increase the diversity of its faculty and has a range of family-friendly policies in place. The university offers competitive salaries and fringe benefits including medical insurance, retirement and housing subsidy, which are among the best in China. Salary and rank will commensurate with qualifications and experience. More information can be found at http://talent.sustech.edu.cn/en  

We provide some of the best start-up packages in the sector to our faculty members, including doctoral studentship, postdoctoral fellowships, and start-up funding. 

Application Procedure 

To apply, please provide a cover letter identifying the program area for which you are applying, you primary area of research, curriculum vitae, and research and teaching statements, and forward them to designschool@sustech.edu.cn with the subject line “academic recruitment 2020”.   

The City and The University                                                                                

Established in 2012, the Southern University of Science and Technology (SUSTech) is a public institution funded by the municipal of Shenzhen, a special economic zone city in China. Shenzhen is a major city located in Southern China, situated immediately north to Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.  

As one of China's major gateways to the world, Shenzhen is the country's fastest-growing city in the past two decades and has been designated a UNESCO City of Design. As a State-level innovative city, the city is the high-tech and manufacturing hub of southern China, home to the world's third-busiest container port, and the fourth-busiest airport on the Chinese mainland. The city is home to more than 6,000 design firms accounting for 100,000 employees and is an important center for the development of intellectual property rights. About 40,000 patents are granted to Shenzhen enterprises annually, half of which are concerned with innovative designs.  

As a picturesque coastal city, Shenzhen is also a popular tourist destination and was named one of the world's 31 must-see tourist destinations in 2010 by The New York Times. Shenzhen ranks the 66th place on the 2017 Global City Competitiveness List, released by the National Academy of Economic Strategy, the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences and United Nations Habitat. By the end of 2016, there were around 20 million residents in Shenzhen. 

SUSTech is a pioneer in higher education reform in China. The mission of the University is to become a globally recognized research university which emphasizes academic excellence and promotes innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship. Set on five hundred acres of wooded landscape in the picturesque Nanshan (South Mountain) area, the campus offers an ideal environment for learning and research. 

The School of Design  

The School of Design has been established in 2020 as the first step toward establishment the Shenzhen Institute of Design and Innovation, an independent tertiary institution for research and learning in design. The School of Design, later the Institute, will contribute to the development of Shenzhen as a world-leading center for innovation and creative industries. The Institute is expected to grow over to comprise 800 students by 2024 towards a target of 5000 students, maintaining a student: staff ratio of 8:1. The curriculum will offer research-engaged design education in the fields of product design, fashion design, media art and technology, urban and interior design, man-machine interaction, and design strategy and management at undergraduate and graduate levels, including doctoral studies, that will be closely connected to industry. A well-equipped campus is being built for the Institute in Bao’an in the western section of Shenzhen and should be ready for use in 2024.  

Application Process

To apply to join our team, please click the apply link below and provide the following documents:

  • Curriculum vitae
  • PhD certificate
  • Five published articles (Within the last five years)
  • Executive summary of academic achievements & proposed research or work plan (1000 words)
  • Letter of recommendation and the names and email addresses of 3 referees (university professors)