Lecturer/Assistant Professor/Associate Professor

Xi'an Jiaotong - Liverpool University – School of Artificial Intelligence and Advanced Computing

DEPARTMENT: School of Artificial Intelligence and Advanced Computing    

ACADEMIC DISCIPLINE: Computer science, data science, artificial intelligence, networking and communication, systems engineering 

POSITION TITLE: Lecturer/Assistant Professor/Associate Professor depending on qualifications and experience 

LOCATION: Suzhou Industrial park campus & Taicang campus  

SALARY: Lecturer: 23,150-25,594RMB/month (with the opportunity to go to 28,615RMB/month based on future annual performance and evaluations after being in the post) 

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 the post) 

Associate Professor: 36,127-40,189RMB (with the opportunity to go to 42,705RMB based on future annual performance and evaluations after being in the post) 

POSITION OPEN DATE: Open until filled; however, applications received by 05 April 2021 at 12 pm (GMT +8) will be given first consideration 


JOB ID: 1781 



Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU) is China’s leading Joint Venture university. Founded in 2006, it now has almost 15,000 students in China; and another 3,500 in Liverpool completing degrees. It plans to grow to about 27,000 students by 2025. The strengths of the university are in Science and Technology, as well as some professional subjects, such as Architecture and Business. There are currently 865 academic staff, about half of whom are not citizens of the People’s Republic of China (PRC). The language of instruction, committees, and administrative work at XJTLU is English. 

XJTLU is located in the Higher Education Town of Suzhou Industrial Park (SIP), 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, including nearby Shanghai. SIP is a significant growth zone, including operations run by more than 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 been on the receiving end of both private and public investments into innovation and R&D. 


Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU) is building a new teaching site in Taicang city - XJTLU Entrepreneur College (Taicang campus), with the collaboration of the Taicang Municipal Government and industry partners, as part of its strategic priorities for the next ten years. The new Taicang campus will be a pioneer of, and an educational model for developing talent and industry leaders to meet local, national, and global challenges of the 4th Industrial Revolution, in a state-of-the-art campus. XJTLU Entrepreneur College (Taicang campus) is directed by a Leadership Team, which is comprised of the Taicang Principal, Taicang Associate Principal, Chief Operating Officer, School Deans and Director of Innovation Factories.   


The school is one of 6 industry-themed Schools in the XJTLU Entrepreneur College (Taicang campus), and there is the capacity to grow further within the college to a total of 10 schools. Common to each School is an Education, Research and Development Institute (“ERDI”) for teaching and university-business research collaboration, a professional services centre supporting daily activities of students, staff, and business partners, and a School Affiliated Company, which has been jointly established by XJTLU and the School’s industry partner for practical on-the-job learning and teaching. The governance and management of the School is through a School Council. The Dean of School oversees the School Management Team as well as contributing to the leadership of the Taicang campus.  

The School of Artificial Intelligence and Advanced Computing has been jointly developed by the University and one of its industry partner, Sugon, to deliver the industry-themed programme(s). The first undergraduate degree programme that the School launched in the Academic Year 2019/2020 was BEng Data Science and Big Data Technology.  

Sugon is a leading enterprise in the field of high-performance computing, server, storage, cloud computing, and big data in China. It is a national high-tech enterprise formed on the foundations of the significant scientific and technological achievements made under the National 863 Programme and with the strong support of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. For more information, please see https://www.sugon.com/en  


We are looking for future colleagues from candidates in Computer Science (AI) related fields with expertise in areas such as data science, artificial intelligence, machine learning, digital engagement, natural language processing, information management/retrieval, explainable AI, neural networks or knowledge engineering, as well as foundational topics in computer science, who can: 

  • engage actively with new educational models and embrace innovative, interactive, technology-enhanced learning, teaching, and assessment approaches;  
  • understand and have an entrepreneur and innovative spirit, in line with the ethos of the campus and college;  
  • deliver high-quality teaching to undergraduate and graduate students, as evidenced for example by peers, students and external examiners;  
  • supervise undergraduate students and postgraduate students;  
  • conduct high-quality research, evidenced by publications in leading journals; 
  • demonstrate an ability to develop and deliver research proposals and applications/bids for external funding; 
  • provide administrative service to the School, the University, and its stakeholders.  


The School of Artificial Intelligence and Advanced Computing is adopting a new higher education model based on the concept of Syntegrative Education (SE). SE is a new model that has been developed by the University to address future challenges from the 4th Industrial Revolution and is a core part of the University’s strategy for the next ten-year development that emphasises innovation and entrepreneurship. SE aims at training syntegrative leaders with Management skills, International perspective, Discipline-specific knowledge, and adaptability in Industry (MIDI). 

The position seeks individuals who will embrace these values and are passionate about undergraduate and graduate student engagement. The University seeks academic staff who can model the excitement of engagement, discovery, and creativity and who are committed to education as an integrated and transformational process. 


  • A PhD degree in computer science, data science, artificial intelligence, networking and communications, systems engineering or a closely aligned discipline; or be able to demonstrate an equivalent professional practice and engagement. 
  • Self-motivated for innovative teaching with knowledge of relevant developments in learning and teaching practices. 
  • Familiar with current developments in research with ability to identify appropriate research options, methods and theoretical perspectives.  Knowledge of best practice in research methodology. 
  • Highly developed communication and interpersonal skills enabling effective interaction internally and externally. 
  • Be willing to take further teaching training courses under the UK Professional Standards Framework (PSF). 
  • Fluency in English. 
  • Strong team-work spirit. 


  • A good track record of engagement with business and industry. 
  • University-level teaching experience.  
  • Appropriate research experience for the corresponding academic position.  
  • Experience in block teaching.  
  • An institutional builder and can work with wider disciplines across the Taicang campus.  
  • For non-Chinese applicants, two years, full time, same subject teaching in a college/university is required by the Chinese work permit policy. 


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 


Applications must be submitted in a single PDF file that includes 3 parts in the order of: 

  • A cover letter specifying your suitability for the role,including clear statements about a) your future research plans, b) teaching approach, and c) working with industry 
  • A current CV, country of citizenship, and highest degree level.
  • Contact details for three references (at least a reference from current or most recent employer. Preferably current employer *and* last employer).

For further information and an informal discussion, please contact Professor Angelos Stefanidis, Dean of School by email on Angelos.Stefanidis@xjtlu.edu.cn 

If you are unable to apply online, please contact the HR officer Ms. Xu 

Email: yiting.xu@xjtlu.edu.cn 

Applications should be received by the closing date stated above.