Language Lecturer in Chinese (Suzhou, Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University) (Suzhou, Jiangsu, China)

INSTITUTION: Xi’an Jiaotong- Liverpool University
SCHOOL: School of Languages
DEPARTMENT: Chinese Division of Modern Languages Centre
ACADEMIC DISCIPLINE: Chinese Language Teaching
POSITION TITLE: Faculty in Chinese
LOCATION: Suzhou, Jiangsu, China
JOB ID:3163
CONTRACT TYPE: Fixed-Term, renewable. 3rd contract is open-ended

Located in Suzhou, China, Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU) is a young, dynamic and EMI university founded in 2006, and is a unique collaborative institution and first joint-venture university in China to offer both UK (University of Liverpool) and Chinese (Ministry of Education) accredited undergraduate degrees for more than 100 programmes. XJTLU also aims to become truly research-led and has committed significant investment into research development and the expansion of master’s and PhD student numbers on campus. The university has over 18,000 students and nearly 1000 academic staff representing in excess of 90 nationalities. For detailed information about the university, please visit

The School of Languages is a growing, dynamic and international centre, currently with over 200 full-time teaching staff from twelve different countries. We are involved in the teaching of English for Academic Purposes (EAP), and Modern Languages (currently Chinese, Spanish, and Japanese). Both the centre and the wider university have a strong commitment to the professional development of School of Languages teaching staff. At the university level, new staff are enrolled free-of-charge on a University of Liverpool postgraduate certificate programme, completion of which leads to fellowship of the UK Higher Education Academy (HEA). The School of Languages also holds regular professional development events and training days. While the School of Languages is a teaching centre, with no specific research remit, some funding is available for staff to present at conferences that are relevant to the work of the centre, provided that this does not interfere with teaching duties.

Applications are invited for Chinese language teaching positions in the School of Languages at Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU). Candidates are sought as soon thereafter as possible. Interviews will be conducted on an ongoing basis.

There will be opportunities for Chinese language lecturer to be involved in a range of different types of delivery, such as:
Credit-bearing Chinese content modules for degree students majoring in China Studies and Teaching Chinese as an International Language., i.e. Modern Chinese, Teaching Chinese as an International Language.
Credit-bearing Chinese language modules from beginners to CEFR B2+ level, and Chinese language modules for Specific Purposes, i.e. Business Chinese.
Non-credit bearing Chinese courses, i.e. Practical Chinese Courses, staff Chinese, summer school.
Engaging with Continuing Support Chinese language and cultural activities.

There will also be the opportunity for a member of the Chinese teaching team to take on a managerial role with responsibility for the coordination and leadership of the Chinese teaching programmes. Additionally, there are opportunities for all staff to develop their careers by taking on wider managerial and administrative roles, as well as by contributing to both School of Language and university-level committees. All managerial, administrative and committee roles are appointed to on a fixed-term basis, thus providing all staff members with a range of options to take on responsibilities in areas that interest them.

Successful applicants should be educated to Master’s degree level in a relevant area (e.g. Teaching Chinese as an International Language), and should have at least two years of post-master’s relevant teaching experience, preferably at university level. Additionally, applicants should have a good standard of written and spoken English, as this is the working language of the university. Familiarity with more than one language proficiency standard such as CEFR/HSK/ACTFL is a plus.

We are particularly interested in receiving applications from candidates who can demonstrate a dynamic, current and innovative engagement in one or more of the following areas: technology enhanced language learning and assessment design; content (CLIL) and language integrated learning; Chinese for specific purposes (Business, Academic, etc.); communicative and task-based methodologies and project-based language learning.

Employment at Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University is regulated by Chinese Labour Laws, and must comply with the regulations of the provincial government. These regulations stipulate who is eligible for legal employment with regard to obtaining work permits and visas. Please be advised candidates over 60 may be not eligible for a work visa in the P.R. China.

1. Clear career development path with annual review.
2. Professional development trainings are provided.

SALARY: Competitive salary in the market
1.Allowance: XJTLU provide various month/annual/one-off allowances as
Housing allowance
Travel allowance
Kids’ education allowance
Relocation allowance
2.Commercial insurance: international insurance plans customized 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 Leave
Parental Leave
4. Working visa and residence permit in China:
XJTLU sponsors working visa and residence permit in China for the staff.

Please submit your application on our university website:

Applications must be submitted in a single pdf file that includes 3 parts in the order of:
• A cover letter
• A current CV, including date of birth, country of citizenship, and highest degree level
• Three References
Please note that no CV sent by email will be taken into consideration.

For specific enquiries relating to the position, please email Head of Chinese Division at Please quote the position and job ID in your enquiry. For specific enquiries relating to online application, please email HRBP at