Faculty Position in Civil Engineering

Xi'an Jiaotong - Liverpool University – Department of Civil Engineering

School: Design School

Department: Department of Civil Engineering

Position: Faculty Positions in Civil Engineering [Open Rank, up to Professor]

Location: Suzhou, China

Contract Type: Fixed-term, renewable. 3rd contract is open-ended


In 2006 Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU) was created by the University of Liverpool and Xi’an Jiaotong University – a top ten university in China. Offering a unique international education experience, XJTLU brings together excellent research practice and expertise from both institutions and gives students the skills and knowledge they need to secure careers in a global marketplace. XJTLU now has over 25,000 enrolled students in both Suzhou and Liverpool in the UK, with plans to grow to about 28,000 students by 2025. There are currently about 2,000 staff, among which about 1,000 academic staff, with an almost even split between citizens of the People’s Republic of China and international passport holders. XJTLU offers our undergraduates and postgraduates over 100 programmes with a diverse spectrum of courses.

XJTLU is entering a new and exciting phase of its development as part of its strategic priorities for the next ten years. Adopting a new higher education model based on the concept of Syntegrative Education (SE), XJTLU is currently opening a new Entrepreneurial Education site in Taicang, part of wider Suzhou, where the Entrepreneur College (Taicang) is located. The Taicang site will be a pioneer of, and educational model for, the future campus in addressing challenges arising from the 4th Industrial Revolution. Other new initiatives include new working partnerships with Xi’an Jiaotong University, the continued development of the four new Academies, and exploration of further potential locations to develop the SE model.

With a focus on innovative learning and teaching, and research, XJTLU draws on the strengths of its parent universities, and plays a pivotal role in facilitating access to China for UK and other institutional partners. At same time, XJTLU is exploring future education by blending the educational theory, best practice and culture from west and east.

For detailed information about the university, please visit www.xjtlu.edu.cn.


The Department of Civil Engineering aims to provide professional academic training of JBM accredited degree courses, which focus on the core subjects of structures, hydraulics, geotechnics, materials, surveying and project management. The Department is continuously developing research areas in the sustainable development of Civil Engineering. The Department currently offers two BEng undergraduate degree programmes in Civil Engineering and Architectural Engineering and three MSc degree programmes in Civil Engineering, Sustainable Construction and Construction Management. The Department also operates a doctoral degree (Ph.D.) programme, where Ph.D. students are supervised by faculty members in their specialty areas. 

The department is a rapidly expanding department with a committed team of enthusiastic and collegiate staff. The Department welcomes applications in all areas of Civil Engineering in the open rank positions.


  • Lead the improvement and engage actively in the learning and teaching activities of civil engineering and related programmes;
  • Lead the further enhancement of research performance and outputs within the research subject area;
  • Participate in strategy development and implementation at the school and university level. Provide administrative contributions to the Department, School, and University;
  • Make a significant contribution to the continued enhancement of the University’s reputation within the subject area both regionally and internationally;
  • Show evidence of international recognition in the research subject area (such as leadership roles of international organisations, membership of editorial and advisory boards, award of prizes, and invitations to contribute at conferences);
  • Engage actively in and sustain research activities as evidenced at the international level, for example by publication in international peer-reviewed journals with high impact factor, strategic research collaboration and grant income, and supervision of doctoral students to completion;
  • Be responsible for the full engagement with the University’s strategies and policies relating to learning and teaching, as evidence for example by contributions to the management of learning and teaching within the Department, School, and/or University, initiation or significant development of a programme, curricula and/or assessment practices;
  • Normally have substantial learning and teaching experience or relevant learning and teaching qualification, for example, through completion of a recognised qualification in the practice of learning and teaching at the higher education level. A senior fellowship accreditation is preferred;
  • Deliver high quality and effective teaching, as evidenced for example by peers, students and external examiners; Demonstrate evidence of external recognition for excellent teaching and assessment;
  • Provide effective leadership within the departmental context


The candidate has to be a strong team player and self-motivated individual with good interpersonal and relationship-building skills and high standards of professionalism. The post holder should also have a good research record, an international research profile, promoting and delivering high quality teaching and research, and the skills to develop research links with external organisations. The post holder will be expected to enhance XJTLU’s excellence in research and teaching in the area of civil engineering. Applicants in all areas of Civil Engineering are encouraged to apply.

The applicant is required to:

  • Have a PhD degree and extensive experience in civil engineering or an appropriate field;
  • Appropriate research experience for the corresponding academic position;
  • Track record of successful peer reviewed research funding applications;
  • Have teaching experience in undergraduate and/or postgraduate courses;
  • Fluency in English.

The applicant is desired to:

  • A track record of both high quality and impact research and successful academic management;
  • Substantial learning and teaching experience in higher education, at both undergraduate and postgraduate programme levels;
  • Professional qualification and membership of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) or Institution of Structural Engineers (IstructE) or other equivalent Professional Engineer qualifications.


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.


  1. Clear career development path with annual review.
  2. Professional development trainings are provided.


SALARY: Competitive salary in the market


  1. Allowance: XJTLU provide various month/annual/one-off allowances as
    • Housing allowance
    • Travel allowance
    • Relocation allowance
    • Etc
  2. Commercial insurance: international insurance plans customized for XJTLU staff and family members. (details refer to the University Policy)
  3. Paid holidays:
    • Statutory Holidays (11 days)
    • Annual Leave (36 days)
    • Family Matters Leave
    • Paid Sick Leave
    • Marriage Leave
    • Paternity Leave
    • Parental Leave
    • Etc.

 4. Working visa and residence permit in China: XJTLU sponsors working visa and residence permit in China for the staff.


Please submit your application on XJTLU career website. Please click Apply button to access. Applications must be submitted in a single pdf file that includes three parts in the order of:

  • A cover letter
  • A current CV, including country of citizenship, and highest degree level
  • Contact Details for Three References

For specific enquiries relating to the position, please email Head of Department, Dr. Jun Xia at Jun.Xia@xjtlu.edu.cn. Informal enquiries may be addressed to HRBP for Design School, Ms. Xinyun Yang at Xinyun.Yang@xjtlu.edu.cn. Please quote the position and job ID in your enquiry.