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Faculty Position in Artificial Intelligence and Advanced Computing

Xi'an Jiaotong - Liverpool University - School of Artificial Intelligence and Advanced Computing (AIAC)

Location: Suzhou - China
Salary: Competitive salary commensurate with experience
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 9th April 2024
Expires: 8th June 2024
Job Ref: 1781

ACADEMIC DISCIPLINE: Artificial Intelligence, Computer Science, Data Science

CAMPUS: Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University [XJTLU], Entrepreneur College (Taicang) Campus

CONTRACT TYPE: Full-time; Fixed-Term/3-year contract, renewable. The 3rd contract is open-ended. 

University Overview

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 around 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.

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 the UK and other institutional partners. At the same time, XJTLU is exploring future education by blending the educational theory, best practices and culture from the West and East.

For detailed information about the university, please visit

Entrepreneur College (Taicang) Overview

In 2019, the XJTLU Entrepreneur College (Taicang) was launched as a pioneer of and an educational model for the future university and campus in developing talents and leaders to meet local, national, and global challenges arising from the 4th Industrial Revolution.

Developed in collaboration with the Taicang Municipal Government and industry partners, the XJTLU Entrepreneur College (Taicang) moved to the university’s newly opened award-winning Taicang campus within Greater Suzhou in September 2022. As a result, there are opportunities at all levels for innovative academics in the fields represented by several different schools and education platforms.

For detailed information about the XJTLU Entrepreneur College (Taicang), please visit: 

AIAC School Overview

The School AI and Advanced Computing (AIAC) is one of 7 industry-themed Schools in the XJTLU Entrepreneur College (Taicang). Common to each School is an Education, Research and Development Institute (“ERDI”) for teaching and university-business research collaboration, a professional services centre supporting the daily activities of students, staff, and business partners, and a School Affiliated Company, which has been jointly established by XJTLU and the School’s industry partner for practical on-the-job learning and teaching.

AIAC has been developed with the direct involvement of leading businesses at the forefront of AI and computing developments. As a result, the School has a robust business development strategy linked to the AI industry’s technological and research developments. Our industry-led research is underpinned by our entrepreneurial ethos that is central to the School’s activities. Academic staff work closely with our industrial partners, developing academic programmes and research projects that focus on applied AI solutions and commercialisation opportunities.

Our student-centred teaching ensures students are at the heart of everything we do. Our degree programmes offer a solid grounding in the foundations of the discipline, immerse students in entrepreneurialism and technology through industry practices, and ensure students are fully prepared for their career development.

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Responsibilities and Duties

We are looking for future colleagues in all fields of Computer Science, Data Science, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Deep Learning, Computer Vision, Natural Language Processing, Biocomputation, Neural Networks, Generative Artificial Intelligence, or Mathematical Modelling who can:

  • Conduct high-quality research, evidenced by publications in leading journals, and attract industry and government research funding by offering significant research impact.
  • Deliver high-quality teaching to undergraduate and graduate students, as evidenced, for example, by peers, students and external examiners.
  • Engage actively with new educational models and embrace innovative, interactive, technology-enhanced learning, teaching, and assessment approaches.
  • Understand and have an entrepreneurial and innovative spirit in line with the ethos of the campus and college.
  • Ensure that the school and curriculum design delivers an inclusive learning experience, as evidenced through student satisfaction, personal development and positive degree outcomes, and work with industry partners to achieve this.
  • Any other work-related tasks assigned by the Dean or Director of ERDI. 

Essential Qualifications/Experience

  • A PhD in Computer Science, Data Science, Artificial Intelligence, and, ideally, a PgCert HE or equivalent.
  • Ideally, a few years of teaching/research experience at a university or equivalent after completion of PhD degree.
  • PhD supervision capacity.
  • Strong publications record in an area of expertise.
  • Evidence of success in applying for or obtaining government/industry research funding.
  • Self-motivated for innovative teaching with knowledge of relevant learning and teaching practice developments.
  • Highly developed communication and interpersonal skills, enabling effective interaction internally and externally.
  • Fluency in English.
  • Strong teamwork spirit.

More Senior Ranks are Expected Also to Show:

  • Currently supervising or previously supervised PhD students to completion.
  • A significant record of high-quality academic publications.
  • Several successful external research grant awards.
  • Research impact and industry collaboration experience.

Desirable Qualifications/Experience for all Ranks: 

  • A record of academic publications in excellent international journals.
  • Experience in PhD supervision.
  • A successful record of research funding acquisition.
  • Professional memberships such as BCS, IET, ACM, IEE and HEA.
  • Knowledge/experience in international higher education. 


SALARY: Competitive salary commensurate with experience.


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

  • Housing allowance
  • Travel allowance
  • Education allowance
  • Relocation allowance 

2. Commercial insurance: International insurance plans customised 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/Maternity Leave
  • Parental Leave 

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


Please submit your applications online

Applications must be submitted in a single PDF file that includes 3 parts in the following order:

  • A cover letter specifying your suitability for the role
  • A current CV, including country of citizenship, and highest degree level
  • Contact details for three references (at least a reference from current or most recent employer. Preferably current employer *and* last employer) 

For further information and an informal discussion, please get in touch with Professor Angelos Stefanidis, Dean of School, by email at

For informal inquiries, please contact the Human Resources Office.


Applications should be received by the closing date stated above. 

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