XJTLU

Assistant/Associate/Senior Associate/Professor of Finance

Xi'an Jiaotong - Liverpool University – International Business School Suzhou (IBSS)

University Overview

Located in Suzhou, China, Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU) is a young, dynamic and EMI university founded in 2006. It 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 

School and 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 by 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 world’s 103rd triple accredited business school.

The five departments of IBSS are Accounting, Economics, Finance, Intelligent Operations and Marketing, and Strategic Management and Organizations with over 130 faculty members and more than 5,000 students from over 60 different countries. IBSS delivers a range of undergraduate, postgraduate, MBA, PhD and Executive Education programmes across all major business disciplines.

The Finance Department becomes an independent academic unit at the beginning of the 2020/21 academic year, as a result of splitting the original Department of Accounting and Finance. At present, the Finance Department has a team of 25 academic staff, publishing in high-quality international journals in finance and other business fileds and also maintaining a balance of academic research and professional engagement. All of our finance faculty members are PhD holders and some are affiliated with professional accounting and finance bodies such as the Certified Financial Analysts Institute (CFA) and CPA Australia. Members of the Department teach a spectrum of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in Accounting, Finance, Economics, Management, Marketing, Financial Mathematics, and Financial Computing, etc. The Finance Department currently offers two MSc programmes (MSc Finance, MSc Investment Management). The MSc Investment Management programme has received professional recognition from the Certified Financial Analysts Institute. In addition, a new MSc FinTech is being launched, and the MSc Multinational Finance is being resumed.

Roles & Responsibilities

Supporting its rapid expansion, IBSS now seeks to appoint new faculty to join the Finance Department. This is an exciting opportunity for finance academics to become part of a young, fast-growing, and internationally recognized institution situated in the heart of one of China’s most innovative and entrepreneurial economic areas.


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, entrepreneurial finance, financial data science,  financial econometrics, fixed income, risk management, behavioral finance, market microstructure, and other sub-fields.

IBSS offers a truly research-conducive environment, a low teaching load, and a range of research support opportunities. Research activities include the publication of research articles, the development of external grant applications, and the presentation of scholarly work at international conferences. Research performance in the School is benchmarked on internationally recognized 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.

Essential Qualifications/Experience

Successful applicants to the position of Assistant/Associate Professor are expected to have:

  • A PhD degree in Finance or a related field,
  • Teaching experience in higher education,
  • A proven record of academic publications in good journals, or alternatively, for early-career academics, a strong pipeline of promising research.

Successful applicants to more senior professorial ranks are expected to also show:

  • A significant record of high-quality academic publications,
  • A number of external research grants awards,
  • Experience in PhD supervision.

Desirable Qualifications/Experience

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

  • Curriculum design and programme development experience,
  • Teaching and/or research interest in finance, FinTech and/or data science
  • Engagement with professional community,
  • Professional qualifications (CFA/FRM and other equivalent finance qualifications).

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 link is via the apply button. Applications must be submitted in a single pdf file that includes 3 parts in the order of:

  • A cover letter 
  • A current CV, including date of birth, country of citizenship, and highest degree level
  • Contact Details for Three References 

For specific enquiries relating to the position, please email Head of Department, Prof.Stephen Gong at Stephen.Gong@xjtlu.edu.cn. Informal enquiries may be addressed to HRBP of IBSS Ms. Ye Lan at Ye.Lan@xjtlu.edu.cn. Please quote the position and job ID in your enquiry.