Associate Professor/Assistant Professor/Lecturer - Digital Media Arts

Xi'an Jiaotong - Liverpool University – School of Film and Television Arts, Academy of Media and Creative Technology

ACADEMIC DISCIPLINE: Visual Effects (VFX) and Special Effects/Animation and Arts

SALARY: The salary range for different positions is as follows:  

Lecturer: 24,076-26,618RMB (with the opportunity to go to 29,759RMB based on performance and evaluations)

Assistant Professor: 30,207-33,273RMB (with the opportunity to go to 37,011RMB based on performance and evaluations)

Associate Professor 37,573-40,526RMB (with the opportunity to go to 44,413RMB based on performance and evaluations)

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

University Overview

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

Department Overview

The School of Film and Television Arts was built on the departmental strengths in communication and culture. With the addition of trainings in making creative content and arts, the School has been constantly developing a mix of practice, research, creativity and industry engagement with the cultural and creative industry sectors in China and internationally. The School currently offers programmes in Digital Media Arts, TV Production and Filmmaking at UG level.  Future plans include the establishment of postgraduate and PhD programmes as well.  

Responsibilities and Duties

  • Coordinate and deliver modules across a range of digital media arts, television production, and filmmaking subject areas
  • Prepare content and lesson plans for module delivery
  • Curriculum development
  • Manage media arts output of projects within the School, both within the curriculum and in extra-curricular activity approved by the School
  • Supervise and/or advise on creative projects
  • Contribute to the further development of the Department’s programmes 

Personal Attributes

The successful applicants will have academic and/or industry experience directly related to Digital Media Arts, Visual Effects and/or Animation projects.  He/ she will be able to demonstrate practical knowledge and understanding of creative design processes. They will also be expected to teach fundamental modules on visual aesthetics and design, including visual communication, 2d/graphics design, and creative media authoring skills. In terms of advanced specialties, the person will be expected to have developed extended practices in visual effects/special effects, post-production, or motion media-related areas, e.g. animation, expressive motion graphics, visual storytelling, interactive media or other applications oriented to generating creative content. 

We are open to applicants who present themselves with high relevance to these attributes. Specifically, the successful applicant will work around with the existing staff whose expertise are geared towards Media and Entertainment industry. We thus value highly the experience directly related to such industry. The available number of posts and their desired specialties are:

  • Visual Communication Design/Special Effects: 1
  • Motion Design/Animation: 1

Essential Qualifications/Experiences

  • Terminal degrees (PhD/MFA) in the relevant subject areas
  • Research (desirable) and teaching experience within a university environment
  • Proficient working knowledge of Digital Media Arts-related software, e.g. Adobe Creative Suite, Maya, Cinema 4D, After Effects, 3Ds Max, Nuke, Houdini, 2D/3D Multimedia Authoring Applications, Interactive Content Developing Tools

Desirable Qualifications/Experience

  • The ability to teach creative design processes for Digital Media Arts students.
  • Knowledge of film, TV or game special effects, modelling, motion capture skills and technology, etc. or animation. 
  • Knowledge of design management and practical opportunities for aspiring motion designers. 
  • Highly developed organisational skills: The ability to anticipate events, identify desirable outcomes and achieve goals within a specified timeframe.
  • High level of verbal and written communication skills.
  • The ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with colleagues and work cooperatively in the School.
  • Experience or willingness in developing practice-based research/applied research
  • Exhibition/show planning and execution

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 55 may be not eligible for PRC work visa.

To Apply

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 School Dean, Prof Evelyn Li-Chuan MAI at Evelyn.Mai@xjtlu.edu.cn. 

Informal enquiries may be addressed to HR Wenyu PU at Wenyu.Pu@xjtlu.edu.cn.