Associate Professor/Lecturer
in Physical Geography or Geomorphology

Qualification & Responsibility

Applications are invited for an Associate Professor/Lecturer's position in the Department of Environmental Science at Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU). The XJTLU Department of Environmental Science is part of a young Sino-British university in Suzhou, China, on a vibrant campus located near Shanghai. Committed to excellence in education and research, the Department has achieved significant milestones recently in establishing a dual (China, UK) accredited BSc programme and a PhD programme conferring degrees from the University of Liverpool. The Department is seeking new members for its international faculty to support its high ambitions. Candidates are required to have a background in any field relating to physical geography. The successful candidate should be able to teach introductory level physical geography and geomorphology and to potentially teach or contribute to instruction in one or more of the following: intermediate to advanced level GIS, remote sensing, and topics relating to geography and climate change, including the use and analysis of proxy data. Applicants must possess a PhD and either have strong potential to develop or to demonstrate appropriate professional experience in teaching and research.

The successful candidate will be teaching lecture-based classes in Environmental Science at the undergraduate level, supervising PhD students, and participating actively in related tutorials, seminars and lab and field exercises in the framework of a multidisciplinary approach to Environmental Science. The candidate is expected to develop a research agenda with relevant publications and research output, in collaboration with other Departments of XJTLU, with other Chinese universities, and with the University of Liverpool. Liaisons with the local, regional and international industries, with professional Environmental Science practitioners, and with international academic researchers are welcome. Contributions to the administration of the department and the university are expected.

Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU) is a unique collaborative institution, the first university in China to offer both UK and Chinese accredited undergraduate degrees. Formed in 2006, the first cohort of students graduated in August 2010. The University now has 8,000 students studying on campus. The language of instruction is English. The Department of Environmental Science cultivates a learning environment that fosters independent, innovative and responsible fundamental and applied research. We recruit students from amongst the top 5% of high school students. The Department aims to provide its undergraduates with a thorough grounding in key disciplines including Biogeochemistry, Ecology, Environmental Chemistry and Pollution, Geomorphology, Geographic Information Systems, and Global Change Mitigation and Adaptation. Synergies with the international community entail that the Department also recruits international students, particularly at the PhD level, ensuring a diverse student body. The department aims to establish an internationally-competitive reputation in specific areas of regional and/or global relevance. In addition to a BSc and PhD in Environmental Science, related degree programmes will be established in due course. For research, specialist equipment that we currently have that particularly relates to geographical research includes capabilities in basic geochemical analysis and water quality analysis, particle size and surface area determination, gamma ray spectrometry, scanning electron microscopy, x-ray diffraction and field x-ray fluorescence. There are microscopy facilities suitable for palaeoecological analysis (e.g. pollen, diatoms, forams). Our department is currently scheduled to install a sediment-laden wind tunnel facility in 2018/2019, which will be the only such facility in the southeast region of China. Further information about the Department of Environmental Science may be found at

XJTLU is located in Suzhou, China, whose classical gardens are recognized as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The city boasts one of China's flagship development projects, the Suzhou Industrial Park (SIP), within which the University and more than 100 Fortune 500 companies operate. The broader Suzhou area encompasses the spirit of both old and new in China; greater Suzhou is now the fourth largest concentration of economic activity in China in terms of GDP, and economically SIP offers a high quality of life. Suzhou is 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.

The salary range for the position is 17,919 - 32,101 RMB/month. An initial contract of up to three years will be offered, contingent on successful review following a period of probation. 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, residence and personal circumstances.

To apply

All applicants should apply using the HR online application system ( Please click the "Apply" button below and register a user account. After registration, you will be asked to upload your CV, submit a covering letter (in English) outlining your interest in the position, and complete the online Basic Information, Referees and Equal Opportunities forms. If you are experiencing difficulties using our HR online application system, please contact:

Applications should be received by 3 July, 2017 (please quote reference ENV 995204). Informal enquiries may be addressed to the Acting Head of the Department, Dr. Mona Wells (Email:

published: 07 June 2017     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.