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Associate Professor in Mechanical Engineering

Join a unique British University in China. The University of Nottingham Ningbo China (UNNC) was the first Sino-foreign university to open its doors in China. This award winning campus offering a UK style education has grown to establish a student body of over 9,000 in just 20 years. 

University of Nottingham Ningbo China, a pioneer in Sino-foreign tertiary education, is rapidly expanding.  It is looking for ambitious, talented academics with a passion for teaching as well as research flair to join its team of science and engineering experts. UNNC is part of the University of Nottingham s Global University, and offers unique teaching and research opportunities in a highly dynamic economy.

The Department of Mechanical, Materials and Manufacturing Engineering is an dynamic and fast growing department, to contribute your talent for the department further development. The department offers BEng (Hons) Product Design and Manufacture (2+2, 4+0) and BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering (2+2, 4+0) programmes which cover mechanics, dynamics, kinetics, thermodynamics, energy, fluids, materials, manufacture, ergonomics and design. The department has strong links with the corresponding departments in the UK and Malaysia campuses of the University of Nottingham. Its exceptionally close involvement with Chinese and international institutions and industries ensures a high quality teaching and research in the relevant professional fields.

About You

We seek to appoint an associate professor in mechanical engineering, preferably with the international experience of teaching in a higher education institution.

The person appointed will be expected to contribute to teaching and curriculum development for undergraduate and postgraduate programmes and to supervise undergraduate and masters dissertations. The person appointed will be expected to conduct original research in appropriate fields and play a lead role in collaborative research projects, leading to high quality publications and grant income. The person appointed will also be expected to assist with the administration of the Department of Mechanical, Materials and Manufacturing Engineering and the Faculty of Science and Engineering in general and thus contribute to the Department s growth in the field of Mechanical Engineering.

The person appointed must have a PhD degree in a relevant engineering discipline and excellent communication and presentation skills in English. Experience of supervising PhD and Master students and experience of teaching, tutorial or laboratory work at undergraduate and postgraduate level in an international English-speaking institution are preferable.

Your Remuneration, Benefits and Support

This is a permanent post that you will be offered a fixed term contract initially of 5 years with University of Nottingham Ningbo China with effect from August 2024 or as soon as thereafter. We are committed to providing competitive employment packages while supporting the wellbeing of our staff to help them reach their full potential. We offer international highly competitive salary package and you will have a range of benefits and entitlements, including accommodation allowance, insurances, schooling support, home flight, relocation & repatriation support, and paid annual leave. You will be offered a wider range of Chinese talent schemes application opportunities based on the eligibility of application.

How to Apply

Applicants are invited to submit their applications via the application link by 23:59 Beijing Time, 21 April 2024, which should include the following:

  • a cover letter

  • an up-to-date CV

  • a publication list

  • a statement of teaching philosophy giving evidence of teaching excellence

  • a research statement indicating your planned research activities as part of our department 

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Professor Xiaogang Yang, Head of Department of Mechanical, Material and Manufacturing Engineering, email ( Please note that applications sent directly to this email address will not be accepted. If you are unable to apply on-line, please contact Recruitment Team, email (

Review of Applications

The academic recruitment campaign will initially run from 11 March 2024 to 21 April 2024.  Review of applications is ongoing and shortlisted applicants will be invited for recruitment interviews. 

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