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

Xi'an Jiaotong - Liverpool University

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

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 to appoint one candidate (exact position title based on experience) with professional and practical experience and research interests in media and communication industries. 

The appointee is expected to perform the following duties:

  • Publish high-quality practice-based research leading to high-quality outputs in specialized journals/publications
  • Coordinate and deliver courses in the department’s existing programs
  • Supervise the research informed
  • 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

Essential qualifications/experiences

  • Strong record of teaching in higher education
  • Substantial professional experience in digital and multimedia production and at least an MA/MFA in media production or a related field
  • Advanced proficiency in media production equipment and software and a demonstrable knowledge of cutting-edge technology
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with colleagues in the Department, School and University. 


  • A certificate in learning and teaching in higher education
  • Experience in supervision of theory-informed practical projects at both undergraduate and postgraduate level.

Compensation Package

Range of Annual Base Pay:

  • l Lecturer: 280k-320k RMB
  • l Assistant Professor: 360k-400k RMB
  • l Associate Professor: 450k-490k 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. 

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 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 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 (2889) in your enquiry.