Assistant / Associate / Full Teaching Professor of Physics

Posted 4 years ago

Shanghai Jiao Tong University – UM-SJTU Joint Institute

Location: Shanghai                                   China Position: Full time, teaching only
Contract: multi-year, renewable                  Salary: From 330,000 CNY

About us: The UM-SJTU Joint Institute was established jointly by the University of Michigan and Shanghai Jiao Tong University in 2006 with the vision of being the first and foremost international engineering institute in China and one of the best in the world. The Joint Institute offers Bachelor, Master and PhD programs in engineering, following the curriculum of the University of Michigan. All classes are taught exclusively in English. It has a top-tier faculty team and an extremely talented and motivated student body. Graduates are routinely placed at postgraduate schools of top universities around the world and recruited by multinational companies.

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About the position: The Joint Institute is looking for an instructor to teach undergraduate and graduate physics courses for engineering students. These may include a small number of laboratory-based courses. Depending on the applicant’s experience, a title of Assistant, Associate or Full Teaching Professor is offered.

Responsibilities: Teaching responsibilities include delivering up to 6 classes per academic year, each requiring 3 to 4 academic hours of lectures and 2 hours of office hours per week based on a term length of 15 weeks. (These numbers will be slightly different for laboratory courses.)

The instructor will select and supervise student Teaching Assistants who will help with grading, conduct recitation classes and perform other administrative duties.

Apart from teaching, the instructor is expected to participate in other institutional activities, including curriculum development, committee service, course evaluations etc.

While the position does not entail any research responsibilities, such collaboration with engineering and physics faculty will be encouraged if desired.

Remuneration and Benefits: Depending on the applicant’s experience and skills, the base salary starts at 330,000 CNY per annum for Assistant Teaching Professors.  Chinese social security and standard fringe benefits as well as standard medical insurance is provided. The Joint Institute will help new faculty apply for a transitional apartment provided by SJTU at a preferential rent. A financial housing benefit for rented apartments is also available.

Requirements: Applicants are expected to have a doctoral degree in physics or a related field and native-level English language skills (native speakers are preferred). Working experience of two years or more after obtaining the doctoral degree, as a post-doctoral student or as an instructor, is normally required.

Experience in teaching undergraduate and/or graduate courses in physics is required, including (but not limited to) subjects such as classical mechanics, electricity and magnetism, and quantum mechanics.

Experience in the use of a computer algebra system and in conducting or supervising laboratory classes will be an advantage. Teaching experience or an additional background in mathematics or engineering is likewise an advantage.

A successful applicant will be passionate about teaching, willing to stay in Shanghai for a period of at least several years and will consider a long-term commitment to teaching at the Joint Institute. In support, the position provides for a career title progression in the “Teaching Professor” track, analogous to that of research faculty, but without tenure. An applicant’s living experience in China and/or personal connection to China will be an advantage.

Application Material:

  • Cover letter with details on background and qualifications
  • Complete Curriculum Vitae
  • Copy of degree certificates
  • Names of three references
  • Other supporting material

Applications should be submitted by email to Dr. Horst Harold Hohberger (, with CC to the JI’s HR department (

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