Assistant/Associate Professor in Media and Communication Studies - Practice Oriented

Xi'an Jiaotong - Liverpool University – Department of Media and Communication

ACADEMIC DISCIPLINE: Media and Communication Studies

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

University Overview

Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU) is a unique collaborative institution and the first joint-venture university in China to offer both UK (University of Liverpool) and Chinese (Ministry of Education) accredited undergraduate degrees for all programmes. Formed in 2006, the first cohort of students graduated in August 2010. The University now has almost 15,000 students studying on campus. The language of instruction is English. XJTLU aims to become truly research-led, and has recently committed significant investment into research development and the expansion of PhD student numbers on campus.

XJTLU is located in the Higher Education Town of Suzhou Industrial Park (SIP). Suzhou has been ranked the 74th most liveable city in the 2018 Global Liveability Index. Additionally, it is 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. SIP is a major growth zone, including operations run by nearly 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 a higher GDP per capita than the UK. The broader Suzhou area encompasses the spirit of both old and new in China, with the historic old town’s canals, UNESCO World Heritage Site gardens, and the I.M. Pei-designed Suzhou Museum attracting millions of tourists annually. SIP offers an excellent quality of life with high environmental standards. The nearby Jinji Lake provides attractive views, by day and by night, and there is a variety of shopping facilities, international and local restaurants, entertainment hubs and nightlife. Suzhou is also home to four international schools.

Department Overview

The rapidly growing department is part of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences.  Young and vibrant, the department is home to faculty from many countries around the world. It delivers a very popular BA Media and Communication Studies program, and a newly revised MA Media and Communication program to include two tracks - the practice-oriented Professional Communication track and the more theory-informed Global Media and China track. Faculty are encouraged to recruit and supervise PhD students. We welcome interested colleagues to apply and join our research-informed practice-based team in teaching and research.

Responsibilities and Duties

  • Publish high quality theory-informed practice-based research
  • Coordinate and deliver courses in the department’s existing programs.
  • Supervise practical and/or research projects of under- and postgraduate students.
  • Advise under- and postgraduate students.
  • Provide service to the Department, School and University, and the wider scholarly community.

Personal Attributes

We seek an appointee (exact title based on experience) with professional and practical experience and research interests in media and communication industries. Applicants who can contribute to the department’s existing research and practice strengths are especially encouraged to apply.

Essential Qualifications/Experiences

  • Strong record of teaching in higher education
  • Substantial professional experience in digital media design with at least an MA/MFA in digital arts, digital media design, multimedia, or a related field
  • Well versed with Adobe Creative Suite, 2D and 3D animation, video production, and motion graphics.
  • Advanced proficiency in creative software and demonstrable knowledge of cutting-edge technology
  • Experience in supervision of practical and research-based projects at both undergraduate and postgraduate level.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with colleagues in the Department, School and University. 


  • A completed PhD in Art and Design, Media (or a related field)
  • Practice-based research leading to high-quality outputs in specialized journals/publications
  • Evidence of theory-informed creative work
  • A certificate in learning and teaching in higher education. 

Compensation Package

Range of Annual Base Pay:

Assistant Professor: 360k-400k RMB

Associate Professor: 450k-490k RMB

Senior Associate Professor: 540k-580k RMB

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.

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 not be eligible for PRC work visa.

To Apply

Please send your application online. Please click the above 'Apply' button to access. 

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 Prof Xiaoling Zhang Head of the Department of Media and Communication at xiaoling.zhang@xjtlu.edu.cn. Informal enquiries may be addressed to HR at Wenyu.Pu@xjtlu.edu.cn . Please quote the position and job ID (2518) in your enquiry.