Research Fellow in Theoretical Physics

Xi'an Jiaotong - Liverpool University – Physics

DEPARTMENT: Physics    

ACADEMIC DISCIPLINE: Theoretical Physics

POSITION TITLE: Research Fellow

LOCATION: Suzhou Campus

SALARY: Based on experience and evaluations

POSITION OPEN DATE: 1st May 2021 until filled


JOB ID: 1914

CONTRACT TYPE: 2 year fixed term


Located in Suzhou, China, Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU) is a young, dynamic and EMI university founded in 2006, and is a unique collaborative institution and first joint-venture university in China to offer both UK (University of Liverpool) and Chinese (Ministry of Education) accredited undergraduate degrees for 103 programmes. XJTLU also aims to become truly research-led and has committed significant investment into research development and the expansion of master’s and PhD student numbers on campus. The university has over 18,000 students and more than 920 academic staff representing in excess of 90 nationalities. 

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 Physics is part of the School of Science at XJTLU. Research within the Department of Physics seeks to explore and explain fundamental aspects of the world we live in, from the smallest subatomic particles to the Universe as a whole. Ongoing research projects at the department can be broadly classified within the following research areas: particle physics, quantum gravity, nanotechnology, condensed matter physics, neuroscience, dynamical systems, theoretical physics, and astrophysics.


The main responsibility involves conducting research in theoretical physics, in collaboration with Dr. Niels Gresnigt, with an emphasis on publishing results. Limited teaching and admin duties may be assigned to the candidate as required by the department.


Interest and aptitude in theoretical physics. Competent communicator. Enthusiastic and motivated.


  • PhD in Physics, Mathematics, or closely related field
  • Background in Theoretical or Computational Physics, or closely related field
  • Fluent in English


  • Coding experience
  • Strong publication record


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 use the following link to submit your application.


A complete application package must include the following items:

  • Cover letter
  • C.V.
  • Evidence of teaching effectiveness (if applicable)
  • Job market paper or representative publications/working papers
  • Contact information for three references

For questions or inquiries about the position, please contact Dr. Niels Gresnigt at niels.gresnigt@xjtlu.edu.cn.

For general enquiries, please email the Recruiting Team at Mengdie.Sun@xjtlu.edu.cn. Please quote the position and job ID in your enquiry.