Professor of Industrial Design
Liverpool University Department of Engineering

DEPARTMENT: Industrial Design

ACADEMIC DISCIPLINE: Innovative Engineering Design, Interactive Experience Design, Digital Manufacturing and Wearable Devices, Cultural Creative Design, or other related disciples



SALARY: Commensurate with experience and includes a general allowance and benefits package  

POSITION OPEN DATE: Fall Semester 2019


JOB ID: 995837




Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU) is a unique collaborative institution and the first joint-venture university in China to offer both UK (University of Liverpool) and Chinese (Ministry of Education) accredited undergraduate degrees for all programmes. Formed in 2006, the first cohort of students graduated in August 2010. The University now has over 10,000 students studying on campus. The language of instruction 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.

XJTLU is located in the Higher Education Town of Suzhou Industrial Park (SIP). Suzhou has been ranked the 74th most liveable city in the 2018 Global Liveability Index. Additionally, it 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. 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, 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.       


XJTLU is now seeking to appoint a new Professor of Industrial Design. The new Professor will be instrumental in ensuring the continued development of existing strengths in any area of Industrial Design, and developing further internal collaborations with related disciplines, such as Architecture, Computer Science, Digital Media Arts, Engineering, and Urban Planning and Design.


The incoming Professor will strengthen the Department’s broader research interests in all areas related to urban planning and design, and in particular areas related to Interactive Experience Design, Cultural Creative Design, Innovative Engineering Design, and Digital Manufacturing and Smart Devices. The successful candidate will play an integral role in developing research outputs and strategies for the department and should have a keen interest in mentoring and supporting other academics in their research endeavours.


The incoming post-holder will bring along an exciting foresight of design and demonstrate the strategic plan to achieve it. He or she will contribute to the department through supporting current staff’s research strengths and developing further internal collaborations with related disciplines, such as Architecture, Computer Science, Digital Media Arts, Engineering, and Urban Planning and Design.


The University welcomes applications from candidates with cross-disciplinary expertise in areas cognizant to the Department. Preference will be given to applicants who can support sustained success in research activities, including quality publications, grants and awards.


The Department of Industrial Design of XJTLU 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. The department educates creative industrial designers who understand and will participate in China’s ongoing cultural, social and economic transformation. The department offers an interdisciplinary working environment that encourages initiative and leadership. 


The successful candidate will establish a clear research agenda that is well recognized at the international level to further strengthen the research strategy of the department, which focuses on the areas of Interactive Experience Design, Cultural Creative Design, Innovative Engineering Design, and Digital Manufacturing and Smart Devices. The Professor of Industrial Design will contribute to the department through supporting current staff research strengths and developing further internal collaborations with related disciplines, such as Architecture, Computer Science, Digital Media Arts, Engineering, and Urban Planning and Design.


The successful candidate will deliver high quality research as well as teaching. Candidates are expected to teach design studios and lecture courses in their area of specialization at undergraduate and graduate levels.  With the Professorship, the candidates will fulfil a senior role in research as well as contributing to programme development and management within the department and university. Any candidate appointed should have the ability and willingness to communicate in English in a cross-cultural environment. 


Suitable candidates for the Professorial role will be able to evidence:

  • PhD Degree in Industrial Design or a closely related field, or demonstrable appropriate professional standing, e.g. through industrial experience.
  • Teaching experience in tertiary education of ideally ten years or more in Industrial Design, Engineering Design, or Interaction Design; and experience supervising PhD students to completion.
  • International standing and profile within one or more fields of Industrial Design, as evidenced by high quality publications, grant income and citation and impact indices.
  • An excellent track record in teaching and curriculum development, and the ability to provide academic leadership.
  • Distinguished academic leadership at an international level.
  • Considerable leadership and management experience, including the effective management and use of resources.
  • An ability to act as a mentor for younger members of staff.
  • Willingness and ability to take on major leadership roles within the University, and to perform the role successfully as measured by performance indicators and university wide-evaluations.
  • An ability to contribute to the development and implementation of university strategies and policies. 


Candidates with interest and experience in one or more of the following areas are encouraged to apply: Computer Aided Design (CAD) and Visualization, VR/AR and Design, Digital Fabrication and 3D Printing, Management of Design Innovation, Cultural Heritage and Design, Artificial Intelligence and Design, or other areas related to industrial design. Preferably they have experience with developing and applying innovative teaching and learning techniques for design education.


Members of Academic Staff are entitled to subsidies for accommodation, travel, and children’s educational, medical insurance, and a one-time relocation allowance is provided. Overseas staff may receive a tax “holiday,” depending on nationality and personal circumstances.

Funding for research activities are available through University funding schemes.    


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 55 may be not eligible for PRC work visa.


Please send your application to In the subject line write the Positon you are applying for and quote the job ID number for reference. 

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
  • Contact Details for Three References 


Applications should be received by the closing date stated above.


Informal enquiries about procedure may be addressed to the Staff Management Team at Please quote the position and job ID in your enquiry.

More substantive issues may be addressed to the Vice President Academic Affairs, Prof David Goodman at

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