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PhD/GTA positions in Architecture

Applications are invited for three full-time PhD students / Graduate Teaching Assistants in the Department of Architecture at Xi’an Jiaotong – Liverpool University. The three positions are available on a competitive basis. Applicants should hold a Masters degree (MArch, MPhil, MSc or comparable) and be able to offer the ability to teach part time in the field of Architectural Design. Successful applicants will be expected to conduct self-motivated, high-quality research under joint supervision from faculty members at XJTLU and University of Liverpool, to organize and to participate in regular sharing and discussion meetings of the departmental research community, as well as to contribute to teaching at the XJTLU Architecture Department for six hours per week.  Positions are available in the following three research areas:

Post Number PhD/GTA/ARCH-11-01: Computer-Aided Architectural Design (CAAD): Research in this area may address, but is not limited to, digital design tools, generative design, parametric design, human computer interaction in design, and CAAD education.

Potential research areas: Interface Design for Architecture – tangible and augmented systems; Parametrics and innovative application in Architecture; CAAD education and e-Learning

Supervisors (University of Liverpool): Prof Andre Brown and Mike Knight

Post Number PhD/GTA/ARCH-11-02: Environmental Science: Research in this area may address, but is not limited to, alternative energy and architecture, low-carbon design, sustainability in construction, strategy and policy, and environmental science education.

Potential research areas: Integrated environmental design; Environmental performance prediction in buildings; Lighting design in Architecture

Supervisors (University of Liverpool): Prof Steve Sharples and or Dr David Carter

Post Number PhD/GTA/ARCH-11-03: Structural Design: Research in this area may address, but is not limited to, new structural materials, innovative structural design, interdisciplinary research in structural design, digital structural design and analysis, and structural design education.

Potential research areas: Optimisation of complex structural forms; Materials for the future; Contemporary structural design approaches and the architectural interface; Transformable and portable structures

Supervisors (University of Liverpool): Prof Andre Brown and or Dr Carolina Stevenson

Xi’an Jiaotong – Liverpool University (XJTLU) is a unique collaborative institution, the first and currently the only university in China to offer both UK and Chinese accredited undergraduate degrees. Formed in 2006, the first cohort of students graduated in August 2010. The university now has 4,000 students studying in ten academic departments. The language of instruction in years two to four 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. The new Department of Architecture will begin operating in summer 2011, with internationally accomplished faculty and a view to develop a strong postgraduate community and internationally competitive research programmes in the above-mentioned research areas.

XJTLU is located in the Higher Education Town of Suzhou Industrial Park (SIP), 80km from Shanghai and connected by high speed rail and road links. SIP is a major growth zone, with investment intensity amounting to 1.7 billion USD per sq km and operations run by nearly one-fifth of the Fortune 500 top global companies. The broader Suzhou area encompasses the spirit of both old and new in China, with the historic old town a major World Heritage Site. 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 positions are remunerated for three years at a rate covering tuition fees plus a stipend of 2,500 RMB per month. Supervision as well as resulting publications and theses will be in English language. Successful graduates will receive a PhD degree from the University of Liverpool.

To apply:
To apply: Applicants should submit a research proposal of about 1,000 to 1,500 words plus relevant references, outlining the intended research project in one of the above-mentioned research areas plus a CV, portfolio material (if applicable), and a PhD Applicant Information Form. If their native language is not English, proof of English language proficiency (an IELTS score of above 6.5 or comparable) is required. Further details can be found at

Applications should be received by 17th June 2011 (please quote the relevant post number). Informal enquiries may be addressed to Professor David Sadler (

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Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU) is a truly unique institution. It is the only international collaborative university in China with dual degree awarding powers, from the Chinese Ministry of Education and from the University of Liverpool. Founded in 2006 with an initial intake of just 164 students, the university has grown rapidly over the last five years. We now have 3,200 students on campus with a further 800 studying at Liverpool under a 2+2 articulation agreement.  The university is independent, but draws for guidance and experience upon its two parent universities, both of which are over one hundred years old and highly respected international pioneers.

After an initial foundation year which includes significant English language provision and training in the use of English for academic purposes, teaching and learning in the subsequent three years is all in the medium of English. We offer nineteen degree programmes, which are validated by the University of Liverpool. The student learning and teaching experience is enhanced through internal and external moderation of standards, and a thorough quality assurance process is in operation.

XJTLU aims to be a research-led university, in keeping with the spirit of its parents, Xi’an Jiaotong University and the University of Liverpool. We have recently committed significant investment to supporting the development of the research careers in China of newly-appointed staff, through the funding of start-up research projects and of doctoral students. Staff regularly apply for and receive external funding from a range of sources.

As part of an ambitious expansion agenda, there is a large scale campus development programme providing world-class laboratory and teaching facilities. We aim to have 10,000 students on campus by 2015.

We are now recruiting highly-qualified and motivated academic staff for the start of the academic year 2011/12. We already have a diverse and talented team of over one hundred and fifty academic staff, with twenty-plus nationalities. We aim to recruit sixty more staff in a variety of disciplines.

Working at XJTLU is challenging and rewarding in equal measure. Our students are highly talented. We expect high standards from them and from our staff alike.

I believe that XJTLU is at the forefront in the internationalization of higher education. If you have the motivation and ability to contribute to this goal, I invite you to submit an application for consideration.

Professor David Sadler, Vice President (Academic Affairs)

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