Lecturer/Assistant Professor/Associate Professor/Senior Associate Professor in Media and Communication Studies (Teaching & Research)

Xi'an Jiaotong - Liverpool University

University Overview

Located in Suzhou, China, Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU) is a young and dynamic university founded in 2006. 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. We now offer more than 100 degree programmes with English as the medium of instruction. XJTLU aims to become truly research-led and has committed significant resources into the development of research and the expansion of our master’s and PhD student numbers. The university has over 18,000 students and nearly 1,000 academic staff from more than 90 countries. For detailed information about the university, please visit www.xjtlu.edu.cn.

Department Overview

The rapidly growing Department of Media and Communication is part of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences.  Young and dynamic, the department is home to academic staff from over ten countries around the world. It delivers a popular BA Media and Communication Studies, which offers a rich selection of theoretical modules in journalism, digital media, film studies, cultural studies, and creative industries, as well as media production modules. The department also offers a popular MSc Media and Communication that contains two pathways: the practice-oriented Professional Communication pathway and the research-led Global Media and China pathway. In addition, staff recruit and supervise PhD students in their own research area. Collegial and vibrant, staff members are committed to research-led teaching and cutting-edge research. 

Responsibilities and Duties

We seek appointees with an active research agenda and an excellent teaching profile in media and communication studies, specialising in journalism, digital media, cultural creative industries, film studies, or cultural studies. We may give preference to those who demonstrate interest and ability in teaching and research in film studies. 

The appointees are expected to perform the following duties:

  • Publish high-quality research on media and communication or practice-based research leading to high-quality academic outputs, including in refereed journals
  • Coordinate and deliver courses in the department’s existing programs
  • Supervise the research or practice-based projects of undergraduate and postgraduate students
  • Advise undergraduate and postgraduate students
  • Provide service to the Department, School and University, and the wider scholarly community 

Positions and Compensation

The department currently welcomes applications from prospective colleagues at the following levels of experience:

Lecturer (280k-320k): The position of lecturer is open to candidates who have been recently awarded a PhD degree, who have less than two years of full-time academic work experience after receiving their PhD, and who aim to develop and are in the process of developing an international research profile. Candidates are expected to develop their teaching profile and expand their teaching experience. To this end, the department has co-teaching schemes in place that will pair lecturers with more experienced colleagues. Candidates should be willing to make an effective contribution to department admin.

Assistant professor (360-400k): The position of assistant professor is open to candidates with two years or more of full-time academic work experience after receiving their PhD degree. Candidates should be research-active, with initial success in building an internationally recognized research profile, as evidenced by peer-reviewed publications or grant income. Candidates should further be able to demonstrate experience in high-quality, effective teaching, and should ideally have experience in managing departmental affairs.

Associate professor (450-490k): The position of associate professor is open to experienced candidates that have developed an internationally recognized research profile, as evidenced, for example, by publication in international peer reviewed journals, research grant income, and supervision of doctoral students to completion. Candidates should also have a well-developed teaching profile, with evidence of external recognition and teaching innovation. Candidates should evidence leadership in departmental and university contexts.

Senior associate professor (540-580k): The position of senior associate professor is open to candidates with an internationally established and recognized research profile, demonstrating sustained output in leading international peer-reviewed journals, repeated research grant income, and regular supervision of doctoral students. Candidates should be experienced university teachers with a well-developed teaching portfolio, with evidence of external recognition and teaching innovation. Candidates should demonstrate extensive experience in leading the development of research and teaching strategy in departmental and university contexts.

In addition to the base pay advertised above, academic staff may be entitled to subsidies for accommodation, travel, and children’s education, medical insurance, and a one-time relocation allowance is provided. 


  • A certificate in learning and teaching in higher education 

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 online 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 

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 (2888) in your enquiry.