Assistant Professor/Associate Professor/Senior Associate Professor/Professor in Finance

Xi'an Jiaotong - Liverpool University – Department of Finance

Position Overview:  

School: International Business School Suzhou (IBSS) 

Department: Department of Finance 

Position Title: Assistant Professor/Associate Professor/Senior Associate Professor/Professor 

Salary: Salary and benefits packages are competitive and commensurate with rank and experience. 

Position Open Date: 5th January 2021 

Advertise Closed Date: 30 April 2021 

Job ID: 1861 

Contract Type: 3-year contract (renewable) and 3rd contract is open-ended 

University Description: 

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. 

Department Description: 

International Business School Suzhou (IBSS) at Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University is growing in size and influence in pursuit of its vision to be a leading international business school. The school is based on strong principles of internationalism, innovation, inspiration and integrity, which together ensure that we have a positive impact on society through our teaching, research and business engagement. In that pursuit, IBSS became the youngest business school to be accredited from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) in 2016, and again, the youngest School to receive EQUIS accreditation in 2018. Receiving joint accreditation of AMBA and BGA in 2020, IBSS became the 103rd triple accredited business school in the world.  

IBSS currently has more than 100 academic staff and more than 5,000 students and is growing every year. As it continues to expand, IBSS now seeks to appoint further academic leaders and this, in turn, offers an exhilarating opportunity for academics from around the world to play a part in leading this unique institution’s academic growth.  

IBSS delivers a range of undergraduate, postgraduate, MBA, PhD and Executive Education programmes in the fields of Economics, Management, Accounting and Finance. BA Accounting programme has received professional accreditations from the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) and CPA Australia and the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW), and it is the first undergraduate programme in China to have obtained both 9 ACCA exemptions and 12 CIMA exemptions. MSc Professional Accounting programme has received professional accreditation from ICAEW with 12 ACA exemptions. MSc Investment Management programme has received professional recognition from the Certified Financial Analysts Institute (CFA). The Finance Department currently offers two MSc programmes (MSc Finance, MSc Investment Management). In addition, the MSc Multinational Finance is being resumed, and a new MSc Financial Technology and Innovation is being launched. 

Roles & Responsibilities:   

XJTLU is a research-led university and correspondingly, International Business School Suzhou is a research-led business school. In this context, even though the workload of faculty in IBSS is generally shared between teaching, research, and service, academic staffs are expected to spend the majority of their time on research, followed by teaching, then service. Research activities include the publication of research articles, attendance of international conferences, and applications for research funding. Research performance in the School is benchmarked on internationally recognised lists of journal quality such as the Academic Journal Guide (UK) – a.k.a. the ABS list – and the ABDC list (AUS). The target levels on those lists are ABS3/ABDC: A or above.  

While we are particularly interested in applicants with an interest or expertise in FinTech, we also welcome applicants with an expertise in corporate finance, asset pricing, financial econometrics, risk management, and other sub-fields.    

Personal Attributes: 

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

  • A good team player  
  • Good interpersonal and communication skills 
  • Hold a PhD degree in a field related to finance 
  • Have ideally two years of work experience in higher education after obtaining a PhD – as a teacher and/or researcher 
  • Have academic publications in good journals or a strong pipeline of promising research 

Successful applicants to more senior ranks are also expected to:  

  • Have ideally five years (AP) of work experience in higher education after obtaining a PhD – as a teacher and/or researcher
  • Have a proven record of academic publications in good journals (ABS3+/ABDC-A+), plus a strong pipeline of promising research 

Essential Qualification and Experiences: 

Successful applicants to the position of Assistant Professor should possess:  

  • Good research trainings 
  • Teaching experience in international classrooms 
  • Supervision experience at the undergraduate/postgraduate level 
  • Assessment of student work 

Successful applicants to more senior ranks should also possess:  

  • Module design and/or leadership experience 
  • Programme management experience or evidence of a significant service role 
  • Experience managing internal grants and applying for external funding 

Desirable Qualification and Experiences: 

Successful applicants to the position of Assistant Professor should preferably possess the following attributes:  

  • Curriculum design  
  • Teaching and/or research interest in Fin-tech and/or data science 
  • Engagement with academic/professional community  
  • Professional qualifications (CFA/FRM and other equivalent finance qualifications)   

Successful applicants to the position of Associate Professor/Senior Associate Professor should preferably possess the following attributes: 

  • Curriculum design  
  • Teaching and/or research interest in Fin-tech and/or data science 
  • Engagement with academic/professional community  
  • Professional qualifications (CFA/FRM and other equivalent finance qualifications) 
  • Experience securing/managing major external research grants 
  • PhD supervision experience and/or experience in designing/managing Fin-Tech related programmes 

Compensation Package: 

Members of Academic Staff receive generous subsidies for accommodation, travel, children’s education, and medical insurance. A relocation allowance is provided. Non-Chinese passport holders may qualify for multi-year income tax “holidays”, depending on nationality and tax residency. 

Citizenship and Visa Regulations: 

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 a work visa in the P.R. China. 

To Apply: 

Please submit your application on our university website, the apply link is https://career15.sapsf.cn/sfcareer/jobreqcareer?jobId=1861&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  

Informal enquiries may be addressed to the HR Recruiting Team at Xinyun.Yang@xjtlu.edu.cn. Please quote the position and job ID in your enquiry.