Applications are invited for positions in the Department of Urban Planning and Design at Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University. The Department specialises in urban and environmental planning and design construction. It currently has 12 academic staff and over 100 students.
Successful applicants will have, or expect shortly to receive, a PhD or be able to demonstrate appropriate professional experience. Applicants should have good teaching experience and evidence of the ability to produce high quality research publications. Candidates for the position of Associate Professor should also have a strong track record in teaching and academic supervision, as well as an international research profile in their field and a successful record of research funding. Candidates with teaching and research interests in transportation planning, rural environment planning, and property development are particularly encouraged to apply. Experience in developing and managing Masters programmes would also be well regarded.
Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU) is a unique collaborative institution, the first and currently the only university in China to offer both UK (University of Liverpool) and Chinese (Ministry of Education) accredited undergraduate degrees. Formed in 2006, the first cohort of students graduated in August 2010. The University now has 6,000 students studying on campus. The language of instruction in Years 2 to 4 is English. XJTLU aims to become truly research-led, and has recently committed significant investment into research development and the expansion of PhD student numbers on campus.
The Department of Urban Planning and Design aims to provide quality professional planning education to accommodate the demands of the rapidly developing economy and urbanization of China. The Department currently offers an undergraduate degree programme in urban planning and design and plans to offer an MSc in Urban Planning.
XJTLU is located in the Higher Education Town of Suzhou Industrial Park (SIP), well-connected via nearby airports to cities such as Hong Kong, Seoul, Tokyo, and Taipei, and via high-speed rail to other major cities in China. SIP is a major growth zone, including operations run by nearly one-fifth of the Fortune 500 top global companies. Greater Suzhou is now the fourth largest concentration of economic activity in China in terms of GDP ($160 billion in 2011). The broader Suzhou area encompasses the spirit of both old and new in China, with the historic old town’s canals, UNESCO World Heritage Site gardens, and the I.M Pei-designed Suzhou Museum attracting millions of tourists annually. SIP offers an excellent quality of life with high environmental standards. The nearby Jinji Lake provides attractive views, by day and by night, and there are a variety of shopping facilities, international and local restaurants, entertainment hubs and a great nightlife. Suzhou is also home to four international schools.
The salary range for the positions is 22,932 – 28,098 RMB/month (Lecturer), and 28,523 – 38,939 RMB/month (Associate Professor). In addition, members of academic staff are entitled to accommodation and travel allowances, medical insurance, and relocation expenses. Overseas staff may receive a tax “holiday” of up to three years, depending on nationality and personal circumstances.
To apply: please visit our website at http://hr.xjtlu.edu.cn to submit an online application. You will be asked to upload your CV and cover letter (in English) outlining your interest in the position, and complete an Applicant Information form and Equal Opportunities Form.
Applications should be received by 25th January 2013 (please quote reference UPD1207). Informal enquiries may be addressed to the Head of Department, Dr Xiaonan Zhang (xiaonan.zhang@XJTLU.edu.cn).