Faculty Position in Tesol (Open Rank)

Xi'an Jiaotong - Liverpool University – Applied Linguistics

School: School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Position: Teaching Lecturer/Teaching Fellow/Senior Teaching Fellow

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 Applied Linguistics seeks a faculty member with a specialism in Applied Linguistics and TESOL to contribute to teaching the MA TESOL programme. The MA TESOL degree provides students with the opportunity to develop both a scholarly and practical understanding of the field of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). The successful candidate will be expected to deliver lectures and seminars in topics in Applied Linguistics and TESOL.

Further information on the School, University, and Suzhou may be found at the university website: http://www.xjtlu.edu.cn


The successful candidate will be expected to contribute to teaching on the MA in TESOL, which will include delivery of lectures and seminars. Candidates should have the ability to teach at least four of the following modules: Linguistics for Language Teachers, Methods in English Language Teaching, Principles of Course and Materials Design, Second Language Acquisition, Language Testing and Assessment, Speaking and Listening, and Research Methods. The candidate will be expected to carry out administrative duties related to teaching as required by the HoD.

Please note that this is a teaching-focused position. For a Teaching contract, the work breakdown is 80% teaching, 20% Service.



  • A PhD in Applied Linguistics or a related subject.
  • Experience of teaching TESOL or Applied Linguistics in a Higher Education setting


  • Experience with teaching different age groups and different contexts
  • Experience of teaching English language
  • Teaching experience at postgraduate level
  • Teacher training experience and/or language teacher management
  • Experience with technology-enhanced learning
  • A record of research in Applied Linguistics


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
  • Kids’ education allowance
  • Relocation allowance 

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 Lave
  • Paid Sick Leave
  • Marriage Lave
  • Paternity Leave
  • Parental leave 

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 our university website, by clicking 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 country of citizenship, and highest degree level
• Contact Details for Three References

Further information may be obtained from Dr Penelope Scott, Head of the Department of Applied Linguistics Email: penelope.scott@xjtlu.edu.cn 

For general enquiries relating to the position, please Email Mengdie.Sun@xjtlu.edu.cn 

Please quote the position and Job ID 3104 in your enquiry.