Professor of Industrial Design

Ref: 3690

Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University


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Role Managed by:

Laura Stuart

Senior Research Associate

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Primary Practice Group: Higher Education and Research

Salary & Benefits: Competitive

Closing Date: 20/08/2018

Formal Interview Date: Early September

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Applications are invited for the appointment of a Professor within the Department of Industrial Design at Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU).

The Department of Industrial Design at Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University was established in 2013 and is growing rapidly. The Department focuses on user-centred products, services, and interactive design for society in response to the social, cultural, and technological context. It educates creative industrial designers who understand and will participate in China’s ongoing cultural, social, and economic transformation and offers an interdisciplinary and dynamic working environment that encourages initiative and leadership.

XJTLU is now seeking to appoint a Professor of Industrial Design. Taking the helm of research leadership within the Department, the incoming Professor will establish a clear research agenda that is well recognised at the international level, further strengthening the research strategy of the Department. They will support and strengthen current research interests in all areas related to urban planning and design, including Interactive Experience Design, Cultural Creative Design, Innovative Engineering Design, and Digital Manufacturing and Smart Devices. Additionally, the post-holder will develop further internal collaborations with related disciplines, such as Architecture, Computer Science, Digital Media Arts, Engineering, and Urban Planning and Design and will have a keen interest in mentoring and supporting other academics in their research endeavours. The University welcomes applications from candidates with cross-disciplinary expertise in areas cognizant to the Department.

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 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.

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. Both campuses are 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 (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 nearby Jinji Lake provides attractive views, by day and by night, and there is a variety of shopping facilities, international and local restaurants, entertainment hubs and nightlife. Suzhou is also home to four international schools.

Informal enquiries regarding the Professor of Industrial Design appointment should be directed to the University’s appointed advisors, Perrett Laver: online at, quoting reference number 3690, or by contacting  / +44 (0) 207 340 6229.

The deadline for applications for this position is Monday 20th August. Applications will be considered by the University at the end of August. Provisionally shortlisted candidates will be invited forward for a Skype interview with key University leaders, with a final shortlist invited to attend a campus visit in Suzhou. 

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