Ausschreibungen: Professor and Head, 2 Associate Professors, 3 Lecturer

at the Department of Architecture of Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University, Suzhou. Deadlines: 4. resp. 5 May 2017

Professor and Head of Department of Architectur

Applications are invited for the position at the Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU), Suzhou.

The Department of Architecture at XJTLU is an extremely successful and well respected department within a thriving University that is grown to be the Largest Joint Venture University in China. This is an exciting opportunity for the right individual to lead Architecture at XJTLU forward at an important time, given the growth of the University, the resources available, the location in the city of Suzhou, and the high quality of students and staff here.

The British professional body, the RIBA, has validated the undergraduate Bachelor (Part 1) degree, which has a total of around 325 students on campus for the final three years of the degree. The Master of Architectural Design degree now holds candidate status with the RIBA, and we would expect for it to be fully validated next year. At research level the Department has PhD students, the number of which is set to increase in the next year. Alongside this the research outputs, research income and research impact of the Department continues to grow, driven by a team of highly committed and energetic staff.

The staff of the Department bring with them experience both in in practice and research in more than twenty countries; the diversity of international make-up of the Department of Architecture at XJTLU is unique in China. It brings together traditions and opportunities from the East and the West, and seeks to provide the best of both perspectives in architectural and urban design, offering new views on the local context as well as on global issues.

Architecture at XJTLU also has a well-developed international network of contacts. This applies to student exchanges, staff collaboration on projects and research, and international workshops. Details of our recent international workshop, with photographs of the Department of Architecture, can be found here:

http://www.xjtlu.edu.cn/en/news/2017/03/exhibition-shows-results-of-international-architecture-workshop

We are now seeking to appoint a Professor and Head of Department to lead a department that has recently occupied a new purpose-built building on our South Campus, shared with the Department of Industrial design and with a strong architectural identity, that is furnished with excellent studios, equipped with contemporary workshops. The work of the school is supported by new teaching spaces, laboratory spaces, Design Research Centre and a materials library.

Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (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. The University now has 8,000 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), 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.

The salary for this post is negotiable. In addition to the core salary package, we provide accommodation and travel allowances, medical insurance, and relocation expenses.

Applications should be made online (http://hr.xjtlu.edu.cn/) and received by 4th May 2016.

Informal enquiries may be addressed to either:

For specific information about Architecture  - Professor Pierre Alain Croset, current Head of the Department of Architecture (Email: Pierre.Croset[at]xjtlu.edu.cn )

For more general information about the University and context - Professor Andre Brown, VP for Academic Affairs (Email: andre.brown[at]xjtlu.edu.cn).

 

Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU), Suzhou

Lecturer in Architectural Design 

Applications are invited for positions in the Department of Architecture at Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU).

The Department of Architecture is part of a young Sino-British university in the greater Shanghai area on a vibrant campus with state of the art facilities. Committed to excellence in education and research, the Department of Architecture at XJTLU has achieved significant milestones in the recent past and is experiencing a rise in attention and student numbers. In February 2015, the Bachelor programme received international validation from the Royal British Institute of Architects (RIBA), and in December 2016, the Master’s programme was awarded RIBA part 2 Candidate Course status. The department is seeking new members for its international faculty to support its high ambitions. Its mission is to create new models of architectural education, research and practice, firmly rooted in both East and West. The Department of Architecture nurtures a climate of open architectural discourse with a firmly established tolerance of views and positions, where risk taking and speculative experiments can flourish.

Applications are invited in all areas of architecture and architectural design. Experience or proven interest in the Chinese/Asian context is an advantage. Applications from candidates with specific experience in architectural education in the first two years of the Bachelor degree, demonstrating innovative skills and methods in early years design pedagogy, are welcome. Contributions to the administration of the department and the university are expected.

Successful applicants will have a PhD, or teaching experience in tertiary education of normally five years or more in the field of architectural design. Only exceptionally, if candidates provide evidence of an international profile, less than five years - but a minimum of three years - teaching experience in tertiary education will be accepted for candidates who do not hold a PhD. Candidates are expected to teach design studios and lecture courses at undergraduate and graduate level and ideally will have experience in curriculum development. Candidates are expected to develop a research agenda related, but not limited to, the research strategy of the department, which focuses on three areas: History, Theory and Heritage; Computational Design and Fabrication; and Urban Ecologies. The Department of Architecture is also interested to develop a “Research by Design” activity and pilot projects in the Design Research Centre.

The Department cultivates a learning environment that fosters independent, innovative and responsible designers with a thoughtful and imaginative approach to space making. We recruit students from amongst the top 5% of high school students. Synergy with the University of Liverpool leads the department to also recruit from overseas, ensuring a diverse student body. Our students benefit from the dynamic atmosphere of the department, due to its engagement with the vibrant architecture and construction context of Suzhou and the wider region, as well as its involvement in live projects, competitions, conferences, and other academic institutions and events. The Department also produces the first architecture web-magazine in English in China. (MPTF: http://www.masterplanningthefuture.org).

XJTLU is located in Suzhou, 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 SIP offers a high quality of life.

The salary range for the positions is 20,570 – 31,622 RMB /month. In addition, members of academic staff are entitled to accommodation and travel allowances, medical insurance, and relocation expenses. Overseas staff may receive a tax-free salary of up to three years, depending on nationality and personal circumstances.

To apply: please visit our website at http://job.xjtlu.edu.cn to submit an online application for the position ID995177. Here you will be asked to upload your CV and covering letter (in English) outlining your interest in the position, and complete an Applicant Information Form and Equal Opportunities Form.

Informal enquiries may be addressed to the Head of the Department of Architecture, Pierre-Alain Croset (pierre.croset[at]xjtlu.edu.cn).

Applications should be received by 5th May 2017.

 

Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU), Suzhou

Associate Professor / Associate Professor for Practice in Architectural Design

Applications are invited for positions in the Department of Architecture at Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU). The Department of Architecture is part of a young Sino-British university in the greater Shanghai area on a vibrant campus with state of the art facilities. Committed to excellence in education and research, the Department of Architecture at XJTLU has achieved significant milestones in the recent past and is experiencing a rise in attention and student numbers. In February 2015, the Bachelor programme received international validation from the Royal British Institute of Architects (RIBA), and in December 2016, the Master’s programme was awarded RIBA part 2 Candidate Course status. The department is seeking new members for its international faculty to support its high ambitions. Its mission is to create new models of architectural education, research and practice, firmly rooted in both East and West. The Department of Architecture nurtures a climate of open architectural discourse with a firmly established tolerance of views and positions, where risk taking and speculative experiments can flourish.

Applications are invited in all areas of architecture and architectural design. Experience or proven interest in the Chinese/Asian context is an advantage. Applications from candidates with specific experience in architectural education in the first two years of the Bachelor degree, demonstrating innovative skills and methods in early years design pedagogy, are welcome. Contributions to the administration of the department and the university are expected.

Successful applicants for the position of Associate Professor will have a PhD, and a teaching experience in tertiary education of six years or more in the field of architectural design. The candidates should additionally to their significant record of research publications in the field, also have a strong track record in teaching, academic supervision and administration, as well as an international research profile in their field and a successful record of research funding acquisition. Experience of supervising PhD students with a successful completion would be an additional skill to be positively evaluated.

For the position of Associate Professor for Practice, the PhD is not mandatory, but it is in any case necessary to demonstrate a teaching experience in tertiary education of six years or more in the field of architectural design. As a substitute to the record of research publications, the expertise in the Practice of Architectural Design has to be demonstrated by a rich portfolio of design activity as an independent architect, or as an expert designer in a design company, in relation with the strategic planning of the Department of Architecture to develop a “Research by Design” activity and pilot projects in the Design Research Centre.

Candidates are expected to teach design studios and lecture courses at undergraduate and graduate level and ideally will have experience in curriculum development. Candidates are expected to develop a research agenda related, but not limited to, the research strategy of the department, which focuses on three areas: History, Theory and Heritage; Computational Design and Fabrication; and Urban Ecologies.

The Department cultivates a learning environment that fosters independent, innovative and responsible designers with a thoughtful and imaginative approach to space making. We recruit students from amongst the top 5% of high school students. Synergy with the University of Liverpool leads the department to also recruit from overseas, ensuring a diverse student body. Our students benefit from the dynamic atmosphere of the department, due to its engagement with the vibrant architecture and construction context of Suzhou and the wider region, as well as its involvement in live projects, competitions, conferences, and other academic institutions and events. The Department also produces the first architecture web-magazine in English in China. (MPTF: http://www.masterplanningthefuture.org).

XJTLU is located in Suzhou, 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 SIP offers a high quality of life.

The salary range for the positions is 32,101 – 43,823 RMB /month. In addition, members of academic staff are entitled to accommodation and travel allowances, medical insurance, and relocation expenses. Overseas staff may receive a tax-free salary of up to three years, depending on nationality and personal circumstances.

To apply: please visit our website at http://job.xjtlu.edu.cn to submit an online application for the position ID995178. Here you will be asked to upload your CV and covering letter (in English) outlining your interest in the position, and complete an Applicant Information Form and Equal Opportunities Form. Informal enquiries may be addressed to the Head of the Department of Architecture, Pierre-Alain Croset (pierre.croset@[at]jtlu.edu.cn).

Applications should be received by 5th May 2017.

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