Professor and Head of Department, Chemistry

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Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University


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Role Managed by:

Caitlin Tickell

Research Associate

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Primary Practice Group: Higher Education and Research

Salary & Benefits: Competitive

Closing Date: 03/12/2018

Formal Interview Date: mid-February

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, and the University now has 10,000 students studying on campus. XJTLU aims to become truly research-led, and has recently committed significant investment into research development in science and technology, and the expansion of PhD student numbers on campus.

The University is now seeking to appoint a Professor in Chemistry who will also assume the role of Head of Department of Chemistry. The new head will be instrumental in ensuring the continued development of existing strengths across all current areas of Chemistry, and developing further internal collaborations with related disciplines, such as Engineering, Biology, and Environmental Sciences. The incoming post-holder will strengthen the Department’s broader research interests in the areas of Materials Chemistry and Sensors, Energy and Catalysis, and Biological and Medicinal Chemistry; as well as ensuring continued programme development that reflects both student needs and current market trends.

The University welcomes applications from candidates with cross-disciplinary expertise in areas cognizant to the Department; individuals with expertise in interdisciplinary research are particularly welcome to apply. The successful applicant will have a record of leadership and excellence in research, teaching, and learning at university-level in a relevant area of Chemistry, in addition to evidencing team-building and inter-personnel skills.

Applicants are expected to be able to teach in English; the language of instruction at the University. The successful appointee will be expected to teach, undertake research in their area of specialisation, and participate in the administration and development of XJTLU, as appropriate. The appointment of Head of Department is for an initial three-year term, with the possibility of extending this for a further term. The professorship will be a permanent position at the University.

XJTLU has two campuses: the original and well-established campus in the higher education town of Suzhou Industrial Park [SIP] and a new campus in nearby Taicang. The advertised position is based in the SIP which is a major growth zone, including operations run by nearly one-fifth of the Fortune 500 top global companies. Greater Suzhou (which includes Taicang) is now the fourth largest concentration of economic activity in China in terms of GDP, and the SIP has a higher GDP per capita than the UK. 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 deadline for applications for these positions is Monday 3rd December. Applications will be considered by the University in mid-December and shortlisted candidates will subsequently be invited to visit the University and attend formal interviews from mid-February 2019.