Faculty position in Socio-Emotional Learning

Xi'an Jiaotong - Liverpool University – Learning Institute for Future Excellence (LIFE)

School: Academy of Future Education

Position: Assistant Professor (of Practice), Associate Professor (of Practice), Senior Associate Professor (of Practice)

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


Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU) was created in the year 2006, through a cooperation of 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 seeks to provide students with the skills and knowledge they require 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 around 2,000 staff, among which some 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 a diverse spectrum of over 100 programmes. 

XJTLU is entering a new and exciting phase of its development within the framework 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 (XEC) 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 Academy of Future Education (AoFE) of Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University is an educational innovation ecosystem that focuses on research, exploration, support and dissemination of philosophy and best practices for future education. The core mission of the Academy is to impact education innovation and reform in China and beyond through a variety of projects and programmes, based on fundamental approaches in educational innovation and systemic development designed to contribute to the future of education. The Academy supports individuals and institutions at all levels, including K-15 schools as well as vocational education and higher education institutions. 

The Academy is composed of four units, namely the Department of Educational Studies (EDS), Institute of Leadership & Education Advanced Development (ILEAD), Educational Development Unit (EDU) and the Learning Institute for Future Excellence (LIFE). 

Key projects of the Academy include: 

  • Master’s and doctoral degree programmes in the field of education;
  • Research projects on future education;
  • Education innovation community;
  • Professional development programmes for educational practitioners;
  • Student learning excellence support programmes;
  • Online–onsite hybrid learning environments and resources. 

Within this context of the AoFE, the Learning Institute for Future Excellence (LIFE) is a university-level platform dedicated to the holistic development of XJTLU students (both under- and post-graduate). This concept of holistic development goes beyond the traditional, cognitive perspective, and encompasses competencies in the fields of moral / ethical education, artistic development, AI literacy, research-led learning, entrepreneurship, global citizenship education (GCED) including inter-cultural communication skills, physical education and socio-emotional learning (SEL). Through this pluralistic lens, and offering learning opportunities in all these fields, the university aspires to give its students the chance to develop into fully rounded individuals with the ability to contribute to a better world in line with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and respond the challenges of the 21st century. In order to do so, LIFE cooperates and coordinates with partners across the university and beyond. 

To be able to offer programmes and develop expertise in all of its priority areas of activities, LIFE is now looking to recruit a faculty member in the field of socio-emotional learning (SEL)


  • Conduct pioneering research in the field of socio-emotional learning (SEL) with a view to becoming a leading expert in this field and the ability to advise university officials at all levels in this field.
  • In cooperation with colleagues across the university, develop, deliver and evaluate learning instances / programmes on SEL for students (both under- and post-graduate) with a view to strengthening their socio-emotional skills, including but not limited to:
    • Team-work, inter-personal communication and conflict resolution skills;
    • Self-awareness;
    • Emotional self-regulation and management;
    • Perseverance and resilience.
  • Support usual teaching obligations of LIFE, including the current flipped module for Year 1 students through tutorials and other teaching methods and methodologies.
  • Networking and liaison with partners from academia, other educational institutions including schools, think tanks, policy bodies and international organisations in order to socialise LIFE programmes and own expertise.
  • Promote the SEL initiatives / programmes and research on this to students and the wider community, for example, through presentations at events, workshops and (guest) lectures.
  • Assist in revising and enhancing existing curricula to incorporate SEL principles and methodologies at the university level.
  • Support projects and activities of LIFE according to the planning of the department and work with other team members actively and professionally.
  • Work closely with students to explore innovative practices for learning and teaching.
  • Supervise Master’s students for their thesis writing.
  • Provide academic advising to students.
  • Workload expectation: 40% Teaching, 40% Professional Practice, and 20% Service. 


  • Either a Doctoral degree in fields related to socio-emotional learning (SEL) or a Master’s degree in combination with experience of developing / supporting programmes pertaining to SEL.
  • Solid expertise in the field of educational research, preferably at the national and international levels.
  • Track record of educational research publications (articles, book chapters, reports), commensurate to the level of the appointment.
  • At least some international work experience, preferably in the context of an international organisation.
  • Strong conceptual grasp of the field of SEL and ideas on its implementation in a Chinese / international context.
  • Rich experience of working in teams and cooperating with stakeholders from different backgrounds, with preferably at least some supervisory experience.
  • Clear understanding and acknowledgement of the importance of student-centred and research-led learning.
  • Clear understanding of the characteristics and needs of Chinese and / or international students.
  • Passion for working with students by offering guidance and advice to ensure their well-being. 


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. 


  • Clear career development path with annual review.
  • Professional development training is provided. 


SALARY: Competitive salary in the market. 


1. Allowance: XJTLU provide various month / annual / one-off allowances, such as: 

  • Housing allowance
  • Travel allowance
  • Kids’ education allowance
  • Relocation allowance

2. Commercial insurance: international insurance plans customised for XJTLU staff and family members (for 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 

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


The university provides every new faculty member with Research Development Fund to encourage them to initiate research projects and Research Engagement Fund to support their continuous research activities. 

The university will also support all faculty members to apply for national, province and city level programmes. These programmes aim to support excellent scientists, both Chinese and none Chinese citizens, to work and carry out research in China. 

Some of the programmes are listed in the table below. Successful applications are based on the applicant’s educational background, academic / research field, research achievements, work experience, etc. The university will provide full support on the applications.

Talent/Research Program/Fund

  • 'Outstanding Youth Science Foundation Project (Overseas)'/ RMB 1-3 Million
  • 'Innovation Leading Talent'/ up to RMB 2 Million
  • 'Outstanding Leading Talent of International Discipline'/ 50% of Annual Package
  • 'Young Leading Talent of International Discipline'/ 50% of Annual Package 


Please submit your application via our university website. 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. 

For specific enquiries relating to the position, please email Acting Head of LIFE, Prof. Moritz Bilagher (Moritz.Bilagher@xjtlu.edu.cn). 

Informal enquiries may be addressed to HR at juan.chen@xjtlu.edu.cn.