Assistant/Associate Professor in Environmental Science

Xi'an Jiaotong - Liverpool University – Health and Environmental Sciences

DEPARTMENT: Health and Environmental Sciences 

ACADEMIC DISCIPLINE: Environmental Sciences 

POSITION TITLE: Assistant/Associate Professor in Environmental Science 



Assistant Professor: 29,046-31,993RMB/month (with the opportunity to go to 35,588RMB/month based on future annual performance and evaluations after being in post).  

Associate Professor: 36,127-38,967RMB (with the opportunity to go to 42,705RMB based on performance and evaluations). 

POSITION OPEN DATE: 4th January 2021 until filled 


JOB ID: 1702 

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


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. 

Through research, education and community engagement, the Health and Environmental Sciences Department at XJTLU seeks to discover, investigate, and solve complex environmental and health problems that affect humans in a rapidly changing urban and rural environments. The department currently has 18 academic staff members with expertise in public health, ecology, environmental pollution and offers globally competitive programs that focus on local Chinese and international aspects of Public Health and Environmental Science.  



Applications are invited for two positions at either assistant or associate professor level in Environmental Science in the Department of Health and Environmental Sciences at Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University.   

The positions are 40% research, 40% teaching and 20% service. Initial appointment is on a 3-year contract and is equivalent to a tenure track position. Research expertise can be in any basic or applied area of environmental science. The successful appointees will teach courses in Environmental Science or Public health according to current and future Departmental needs. HES has current teaching needs in aquatic ecology, microbiology, environmental pollution engineering & management, GIS & Remote sensing. 


The successful applicant is required to have a PhD or equivalent degree in Environmental Science or a related field relevant to environmental or public health sciences and appropriate research and teaching experience to be appointed as Assistant/Associate Professor. English is the instruction language at XJTLU. 


  • PhD or equivalent degree in Environmental Science, Ecology, Biology, Geography, Natural Resource Science, Public Health or a related field relevant to environmental sciences 
  • Appropriate research experience to be appointed as assistant/associate Professor 
  • Fluency in English 


  • Postdoctoral experience 
  • University level teaching experience  
  • Research interest in China 
  • Teaching expertise in aquatic ecology/microbiology/environmental pollution management/GIS/Remote sensing  


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 regards to obtaining work permits and visas.  Please be advised candidates over 65 may not be eligible for PRC work visa. 


Please submit your application online: 


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-page research and teaching statements 
  • One sample publication 
  • 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 Search Committee, Dr. Johannes Knops (Email: Johannes.knops@xjtlu.edu.cn. Other informal enquiries may be addressed to the Recruiter at Mengdie.Sun@xjtlu.edu.cn. Please quote the position and job ID in your enquiry.