XJTLU

Lecturer/Assistant Professor/Associate Professor/Senior Associate Professor, School of Robotics

Xi'an Jiaotong - Liverpool University – Entrepreneur College (Taicang)

SCHOOL OF ROBOTICS OVERVIEW:

The School of  Robotics is one of the seven industry-themed Schools in the XJTLU Entrepreneur College (Taicang). Each School consists of an Education, Research and Development Institute (ERDI) for teaching and research collaboration, a one-stop School Office providing professional services to support student administration and activities, members of staff, and industry partners, and an affiliated School Joint-Venture Company jointly established by XJTLU and the School’s partner for industry-embedded teaching, learning, practical, and other activities. The governance 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 Robotics is jointly developed by the University and an industry partner – Siasun, to deliver the industry-themed programme(s). The first degree programme that the School has launched for the Academic Year 2019/2020 is BEng Intelligent Robotics Engineering with Contemporary Entrepreneurship. 

Siasun is the international headquarter of Siasun Robot & Automation Co., Ltd. in Shanghai. It is committed to creating a leading-edge international, innovative and platform-based for the industry of robots. The main businesses of Saisun include intelligent robots, intelligent manufacturing, and industry incubating. For more information please see www.siasun-in.com/. 

RESPONSIBILITIES AND DUTIES:

We are looking for future colleagues from candidates in all the fields of electrical engineering, computer science, robotics systems, robotic engineering and mechanical engineering who can:

  • Understand and have an entrepreneur and innovative mindset, in line with the ethos of the 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.
  • Provide administrative service to the School, the University and its stakeholders.
  • Maintain a sustained record of successful PhD supervision.
  • Work collaboratively with relevant School(s), College and University entities to identify opportunities for meaningful and genuine partnership and successful impact-creation for research.
  • Conduct high-quality research, evidenced by publications in leading journals.
  • Maintain good, sustained, and successful research grants and consultancy contracts.
  • Create, develop and manage successful research partnerships with academic institutions, industry and external organisations.
  • Support innovative cross-disciplinary research and become an ambassador for the School for the promotion of cross-boundary research and teaching activities.
  • Engage actively with new educational models and embrace innovative, interactive, technology-enhanced learning, teaching, and assessment approaches; understand and have an entrepreneur and innovative mindset in line with College ethos.
  • Contribute to the school’s teaching development through mentoring and supporting early career academics (Associate Professor and above).
  • Any other appropriate tasks assigned by the University or College through the Dean of School.

PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES:

The School of Robotics is adopting a new higher education model based upon the concept of Syntegrative Education (SE). SE is a new model developed by the University to address an increasingly networked and complex future of work in the 4th Industrial Revolution. The model is core to the University’s strategy for its next ten-year development focusing on innovation and entrepreneurship. SE aims to train syntegrative leaders with Management skills, International perspective, Discipline-specific knowledge, and adaptability in Industry (MIDI).

The position will attract individuals embodying these SE values and are passionate in engaging in a future-focused co-learning ecosystem comprising students, academics, practitioners, university, industry, and community. The School seeks academic members who thrive by creating impact through authentic engagement, cross-boundary collaboration, collective learning and discovery, and action-oriented inquiries. These creative educators adopt a systems mindset and use their knowledge, skills, and experiences to co-design and deliver an enriching educational experience for students. They view education as an integrative and life-long transformative process.

ESSENTIAL QUALIFICATIONS/EXPERIENCE:

  • A doctoral research (normally PhD) degree in electrical and electronics, mechatronics, controls, or robotics engineering; computer science, artificial intelligence, computer vision, mobile robotics, machine learning, data science and analytics or a closely aligned discipline; or be able to demonstrate an equivalent professional practice and engagement.
  • Self-motivated for innovative teaching.
  • Clear understanding of the philosophy and concept of Syntegrative Education (SE).
  • Demonstrable past teaching/industry experiences or practices aligned with Syntegrative Education (SE).
  • Be willing to take further teaching training courses under the UK Professional Standards Framework (PSF).
  • Fluency in English.
  • Strong team-work spirit.

DESIRABLE QUALIFICATIONS/EXPERIENCE:

  • A good track record of engagement with business and industry.
  • University-level teaching experience.
  • Relevant industry experience.
  • Appropriate research experience for the corresponding academic position level.
  • Experience in block teaching.
  • An institutional builder, able to 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.

COMPENSATION PACKAGE:

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.

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 PRC work visa.

TO APPLY:

Please submit your applications online

Applications must be submitted in PDF format that includes 3 parts:

  • A cover letter (maximum one A4 page) articulating your suitability for the role
  • A current CV, including 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 Eng Hwa Yap, Dean of School by email on EngHwa.Yap@xjtlu.edu.cn 

If you are unable to apply on-line please contact the Human Resource Office through our HR Business Partner, Ms Yiting Xu at Yiting.Xu@xjtlu.edu.cn 

Applications should be received by the closing date stated above.