Professor and Head of Environmental Sciences

Suzhou, Jiangsu (CN)
Very competitive salary and research funding.
September 26 2017
Professor and Head of Environmental Sciences ZR1
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Professor and Head of Environmental Science, Suzhou, China

Our client is the largest international joint venture university in China. Strategically located in the Science and Education Innovation District of Suzhou Industrial Park, home to one-fifth of the world’s Fortune 500 companies, giving them unrivalled business connections and opportunities for industry collaboration in one of the most vibrant centres of business activity worldwide.

Established with an intake of just 160 students, and less than 200 staff, now in their 10-year anniversary, and already recognised globally in world rankings, they number nearly 10,000 students and over 1,000 staff coming from 50 different countries, and will be growing to 17,000 students and over 1,600 staff. 

Being a game changer in the field of Higher Education in China, and with their vision to become a research-led international university recognised internationally for their unique features in learning and teaching, research, social service, and education management; they are seeking a Professor and Head of Environmental Science to develop the Department of Environmental Science into a centre of excellence in China and a department with a global reputation.

Within the university, the Department of Environmental Science cultivates a learning environment that fosters independent, innovative and responsible fundamental and applied research, recruiting students from amongst the top 5% of high school students. The Department provides its undergraduates with a thorough grounding in key disciplines including Biogeochemistry, Ecology, Environmental Chemistry and Pollution, Geomorphology, Geographic Information Systems, and Global Change Mitigation and Adaptation. The Department also recruits international students, particularly at the PhD level, ensuring a diverse student body, aiming to establish an internationally-competitive reputation in specific areas of regional and global relevance. In addition to a BSc and PhD in Environmental Science, related degree programmes will also be established.

As the Head of Environmental Science, you will plan and deliver the Department’s strategic aims and objectives, overseeing all aspects including teaching and learning, and research. In addition to the stewardship of institutional capacity building, as the Head of Department, you will actively engage internally and externally to increase the impact of the Department.

To be successful in this role, you should be a senior academic with good international standing who is either at Professoriate level or meeting the criteria for appointment to Professor.  You must have strong organizational skills, prior management experience with fiscal responsibility, and the ability to achieve buy-in and nurture a collaborative academic culture within a highly-diversified staff, whilst providing strong leadership; and with a demonstrable successful track record.  You should have the ability to build networks with external stakeholders and a prior record of funding acquisition from a variety of sources, ranging from major funders of fundamental research to the private sector.

As the Head of Environmental Science, you need a strong sense of professional ethics and experience with research-led teaching and a strong interest to assist the Department in integration of research-led teaching into the curriculum.  You should have status as an active researcher, with preference in one of the Department’s integrated focus areas:

•       Biogeochemistry / Environmental Chemistry

•       Ecology, subdomains Aquatic, Invertebrate, Plant, and Soil Ecology

•       Physical Geography, subdomains in Geomorphology

You need flexibility, energy, commitment to collaboration, and have an enthusiasm for the pace, dynamism and global ambition which characterises a research led university.  

In return you will work in a truly international institution that is at the forefront of the latest research in the world, with dedicated facilities newly constructed in 2016, with 1,200 m2 of teaching and research labs equipped with major instrumentation such as ICP-MS, GC, GCMS, HPLC, Gamma Spectrometer, Scanning Electrochemical Microscope, and a full suite of equipment for analysis of basic environmental water, soil, and air quality parameters. Additionally, with specialist labs in areas of environmental ecology, environmental microbiology and molecular biology, and environmental imaging. The facilities meet most research requirements in the areas of environmental chemistry, environmental biology and ecology and physical geography. Additional facilities such as an Outdoor Teaching and Research Space, environmental growth chambers and a sediment-laden wind tunnel are currently in development, to be completed over the next two years.

You will receive an extremely competitive salary package.

If you have the above, please send your CV in word version to or visit, to apply directly, and / or follow us on Wechat, username: JobsInEducation.

Initial interviews will be carried out either face-to-face in Shanghai or via skype with Education Recruitment Experts, with successful candidates having a secondary interview with our client's HR Director, Vice President of Academic Affairs and Vice President of Administration.  The final interview comprises a four-person face-to-face panel with one HRD, two VPs and the Executive President on location in Suzhou. 

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