Associate Professor in Educational Management

Xi'an Jiaotong - Liverpool University – Academy of Future Education, Department of Educational Studies


Associate Professor: 36,127 – 38,967 RMB/month (with the opportunity to go to 42,705 RMB/month based on future annual performance and evaluations after being in post)

CONTRACT TYPE:    Fixed-Term/3-year contract, renewable. 3rd contract is open-ended.


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 more than 100 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 nearly 1000 academic staff representing in excess of 90 nationalities. For detailed information about the university, please visit www.xjtlu.edu.cn

The Academy of Future Education of Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University is an educational innovation ecosystem that focuses on research, exploration, support, and dissemination of philosophy and best practices for future education. The core mission of the Academy is to impact education innovation and reform in China and beyond through a variety of projects and programmes, based on fundamental approaches in educational innovation and systemic development designed to contribute to the future of education. The Academy supports individuals and institutions at all levels, including all the K-15 schools as well as vocational education and higher education institutions.

Four units make up the Academy, namely the Department of Educational Studies (EDS), Institute of Leadership & Education Advanced Development (ILEAD), and Educational Development Unit (EDU). Key projects of the Academy include the following programmes:

  • Master’s and doctoral degree programmes in education
  • Research projects on future education
  • Education innovation community
  • Professional development programmes for educational practitioners
  • Student learning excellence support programmes
  • Online-onsite hybrid learning environment and resources


Applications are invited for the Associate Professor position in the disciplinary topic of education management at the Department of Educational Studies, Academy of Future Education at Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University, a joint venture established in 2006 by the University of Liverpool, UK and Xi’an Jiaotong University, China.

The Department of Educational Studies is looking for future colleagues from candidates in all the fields of life-long education and professional development; student-centered education and educational experience; technology-enhanced education; education management and leadership, and other relevant fields who can:

  • Embrace innovative, interactive, student-centered learning, teaching, and assessment approaches. 
  • Understand and have an innovative spirit and transformational approach in education, in line with the ethos of XJTLU and the Academy of Future Education.  
  • Deliver high-quality teaching to graduate students, have a track record in teaching and evaluation as examples.
  • Supervise postgraduate students in thesis and dissertation.
  • Conduct high-quality research and be able to evidence the ability or potential to produce high-quality research publications.
  • Provide administrative services as expected at all levels to the School, the University, and its stakeholders, and support extra-curricular activities for students, staff, and discipline as expected. 
  • Demonstrate appropriate professional experience.
  • Perform all other duties assigned by the supervisor or manager. 


  • Applicants with a terminal degree (e.g., Ph.D., EdD) from a wide range of areas, including life-long education and professional development; student-centered education and educational experience; technology-enhanced education; education management and leadership, or other relevant areas, are welcome.
  • Fluent in English and the ability to effectively deliver postgraduate-level modules in English as a Medium of Instruction (EMI) context, particularly on master's degree programmes.
  • Experience in successful supervision of doctoral students in education or closely relevant field.
  • Proficient in working in a diverse and dynamic environment where cross-team or cross-department collaboration is encouraged. 


  • An international collaborative research profile in life-long education and professional development; student-centred education and educational experience; technology-enhanced education; education management and leadership or related areas and a successful record of research funding are preferred.
  • A research focus and teaching experiences on future education are desirable.
  • Strong track record in teaching and academic supervision.
  • Rich administrative and leadership experiences at schools or university contexts are desirable.
  • Strong connections with scholars and practitioners in the field and taking a leadership role at professional associations nationally and/or internationally.
  • A strong track record in designing and operating education programmes, executive coaching, and management consulting for educational institutions and practitioners are also desirable. 


Members of Academic Staff are entitled to subsidies for accommodation, travel, and children’s education, 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 be comply with the regulations with the provincial government. These regulations stipulate who is eligible for legal employment with regard to obtaining work permits and visas.


Please send your application online. 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. 

For specific enquiries relating to the position, please email the Director of XIPU Institution at rong.wang@xjtlu.edu.cn. Informal enquiries may be addressed to HR at mingyu.yuan@xjtlu.edu.cn.