Assistant Professor in Applied Mathematics

Xi'an Jiaotong - Liverpool University – Department of Applied Mathematics

DEPARTMENT: Department of Applied Mathematics 

ACADEMIC DISCIPLINE: Applied Mathematics 

POSITION TITLE: Assistant Professor 


SALARY: Lecturer 5: 27,929-30,762RMB/month (with the opportunity to go to 34,219RMB/month based on future annual performance and evaluations after being in post) 

POSITION OPEN DATE: August 1, 2020 


JOB ID: 1675 

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 has over 18,000 students and more than 920 academic staff representing in excess of 90 nationalities. 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 Applied Mathematics invites applications for the position of Assistant Professor. Our international department has 20 academic staff actively engaged in research in mathematics and its applications. We seek individuals with a PhD in mathematics or a closely aligned discipline who will make a strong contribution to the research output of the department.  The department is currently looking to expand its research groups in differential equations, optimisation and numerical analysis and so preference will be given to specialists in these areas.  

Successful candidates will show commitment to a high standard of teaching at all levels. The department is involved in the delivery of three four-year undergraduate programmes in applied mathematics, financial mathematics and actuarial science. We also provide service teaching for other programmes within the university. At the postgraduate level, we offer a master’s programme in financial mathematics and PhD programme in mathematical sciences. A new master’s programme in applied mathematics is starting in September 2021.  


We are looking for future colleagues who can 

  • Conduct high-quality research, leading to publications in top journals. 
  • Actively attract external research funding. 
  • Supervise PhD students and undergraduate students. 
  • Teach undergraduate and postgraduate students in English. 
  • Contribute to the functioning of the department and school. 


We are looking for future colleagues able to collaborate with others, with an active attitude for research, passionate about mathematics and able to conduct their academic duties in English. 


  • A PhD in Mathematics or Applied Mathematics. 
  • Ideally two years of full time postdoctoral experience with demonstrable teaching experience. 
  • International experience in higher education. 


  • Experience in conducting research supported by national level research funds. 
  • Experience in academic programme design and development. 
  • Experience conducting students’ projects supervision. 


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 submit your applications online, https://career15.sapsf.cn/career?career_company=xjtlu  

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/Dean of Department, you could find the information from our job application webpage. 

Informal enquiries  please contact the Recruiter from Human Resource Office at Mengdie.Sun@xjtlu.edu.cn