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Assistant/Associate/Full Professor in Computer Science (Tenure Track Equivalent)

Ningbo – China
Competitive Salary
Closing Date:
Wednesday, 9 May 2018

Opportunities at the University of Nottingham in Ningbo China

Interview Date: To be confirmed

University of Nottingham Ningbo China (UNNC) is an overseas campus of the University of Nottingham in the United Kingdom. We are 84th in the world rankings and in the top 1% of Universities in the latest (2018) QS World University Rankings.

In Ningbo we accommodate over 7,800 students from more than 70 different countries and regions.

Key facts about the Ningbo provision

  • All our degree programmes are taught in English
  • We have over 750 international students from more than 70 different countries and regions worldwide.
  • We are 9th in the UK for research power (REF 2014)
  • We were awarded Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) Golden Award in 2017
  • We gained first place in the 2017 Times Higher Education Leadership and Management Award – International Strategy of the Year Award
  • and we are the best university in the UK for graduate employment (2017 The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide)

School Strategic Vision
The School has plans for significant expansion over the next period. Our aim is to place the School into the top 10 Computer Science schools in China, and expand our teaching and research capacity to the similar level possessed by our home school back in Nottingham UK (top 10 in the UK according to the most recent REF in 2014).

Teaching Excellence
Guided by the British teaching philosophy, our curriculum is the same as the one used in our home campus in the UK. We have an outstanding reputation for teaching quality. Our commitment to maintaining excellence in the provision of learning and teaching ensures that the University is consistently among the highest ranking performers in independent teaching assessments. Our high quality teaching is reflected by both our student intakes of extremely highly qualified students (the highest Gaokao score in UNNC) and the successes of our graduates. Most of our undergraduates will go on to pursue postgraduate studies, of which 83% of them have gone to the world top 100 universities, including MIT, Cambridge, Oxford, Carnegie Mellon, etc. After graduation, our students are highly sought after in the industry with many of them working at multi-national corporations like IBM, Microsoft, Intel, Alibaba, Amazon, Goldman Sachs, PWC, and companies in the financial sector.

Research Excellence
The School of Computer Science at the University of Nottingham is ranked in the top 10 UK academic institutions in the latest Research Excellence Framework(2014) in which 88% of our research was rated as world-leading or internationally excellent. The School of Computer Science at UNNC collaborates closely with the UK home school and has made significant developments in research since its establishment in 2005. The School’s current research expertise covers computational intelligence, machine learning, computer vision and imaging, data mining and intelligent agents and reasoning, software engineering, modeling and optimization, and theoretical areas such as domain theory and computable analysis. Computer Science is one of UNNC’s most successful schools in terms of being awarded research grants from the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) as well as provincial and municipal research councils. Thanks to the booming IT and AI industries in China, we have now established strong collaborations with top Chinese IT companies like Baidu, Alibaba, PingAn Doctor, and Face++.

International Doctoral Innovation Center (IDIC) in Digital Economy
UNNC received a PhD license from the Ministry of Education of China in 2009. The International Doctoral Innovation Centre (IDIC) was opened in 2012 at the University of Nottingham UK and UNNC. The Centre is funded by the University of Nottingham, the University of Nottingham Ningbo China, the Engineering and Physical Science Research Council and Ningbo Municipal Government. The unique model of the Centre integrates a number of co-dependent strands, Doctoral Training Centre, Innovation-led Research and Accelerator Fund to achieve an exciting new environment for world-leading research. It is immersed within Nottingham’s vibrant Doctoral Training Centres at the forefront of UK doctoral education to train 100 of the brightest young PhD researchers in six years. Computer Science leads this initiative and operates the digital economy strand.

Research and Teaching Facilities
Located in a quiet and beautiful campus, the school has excellent teaching and research facilities, including high performance computing (HPC), iMac multi-media lab, excellent computing facilities, including our brand new HPC and data centre.

The Flexible Learning Space is a multi-purpose teaching and learning space with reconfigurable desks and chairs that allows large taught laboratory sessions and student self-study to take whatever form is most effective.  Students use their own devices to connect to our Virtual Desktop Infrastructure, which provides a standard UNNC Windows desktop, with all their files and programs, on their laptop no-matter where in the world they are.  The Flexible Learning Space is further enhanced by 38 high-specification desktop PC’s around the edge of the space to support tasks, which require extra computational power or students without laptops.

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Assistant/Associate/Full Professor in Computer Science
The School currently has 14 internationally appointed academics from 8 different countries. We plan to expand to over 30 staff in the next 3-4 years. We are now recruiting world-class scientists as well as talented and ambitious scholars to join us, The post is internationally competitive and includes attractive salary packages. The candidate must hold a PhD in relevant disciplines, the prioritized areas are:

  • Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning
  • Data Analytics and Data Mining
  • Computer Vision and Robotics
  • Computational Intelligence and Operations Research
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Software Engineering
  • Cyber Security
  • Theoretical Computer Science

Main Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Teach computer science subjects at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.
  • Develop computer science undergraduate and postgraduate curricula.
  • Supervise computer science PhD students and postdoctoral researchers.
  • Obtain research grants from municipal, provincial and national funding bodies as well as the private sector.
  • Conduct world-class research in computer science and allied areas.
  • Disseminate research results in prestigious international journals and conferences.
  • Transfer knowledge to industry.
  • Perform administrative duties as required.
  • Any other duties appropriate to the grade and role of the post holder.

What we offer:
We offer a highly competitive salary and benefit package commensurate with experience and qualification, including housing allowance, insurances, and schooling for accompanied children, home flight, relocation & repatriation support, paid annual leave. These tenure track position holders will be offered a contract based on government regulations.

How to apply:
For more details and/or to apply on-line please access: If you are unable to apply on-line please contact the Human Resources Department, Tel: +86 574 8818 0000 (ext. 8564). Email:

Informal enquiries may be addressed to: Professor Ruibin Bai, Head of School of Computer Science, University of Nottingham Ningbo China, email: Please note that applications sent directly to this email address will not be accepted.

Our Graduates
Our graduates excel in their careers. They are working in a wide range of disciplines from software engineers, IT consultant, academics, senior technicians, financial banks as well as starting up their own companies.

University Life
A vibrant UK-style high street is a popular gathering point on campus. Facilities include a bank, post office, dry cleaner, supermarket, grocery store selling imported goods, hair salon, travel agency and several restaurants, including one selling Halal and Arabic options. Shopping centres, entertainment facilities and other amenities are all within walking distance or a short bus or taxi ride from the campus.

Competitive accommodation allowance will be provided to appointees to cover your rental expenses in Ningbo.

All staff can request to live in accommodation that is available on-campus, although constraints in availability mean that priority will be given to staff that meet certain requirements, such as those with disabilities or young families. Staff in the HR department can advise on this. Living on-campus can be convenient and comes with the comfort of having support services – such as repairs and water delivery – close by and easily contactable.

Living off-campus can be the best way to experience living in China, with opportunities to meet locals and practice Chinese just on your doorstep. You will have different kinds of apartments to choose.

Travel and relocation
You will be provided with (economy) air tickets for the initial outward journey from the UK or your home country for you and any accompanying family and for the return journey to the UK or your home country at the end of the period of employment. The reasonable cost of travel between the airport and base at each end will also be met. In addition to the personal baggage allowance provided by the airline, the Universitywill meet the cost of unaccompanied airfreight according to standard rates.

Home leave
Once in each year of international service, except in the year of repatriation, you (and any accompanying family) will be provided with economy return air travel to your home country for the purposes of home leave. Alternatively, you may choose to claim a cash allowance in respect of home leave flights, and further information is available from Human Resources.

Support is provided with school fees to enable eligible accompanying children to attend an International School at Ningbo. Further information is available from HR.

Medical insurance and 24-hour access to medical care
Private medical insurance with excellent coverage will be arranged for you and any agreed accompanying family. There are a number of private/public hospitals nearby which are equipped with an emergency department. In addition, the campus has a dedicated clinic with doctors and nurses on 24-hour call.

Sports facilities
We have a range of sports facilities on campus which are open to all staff and students, from serious athletes to casual competitors. Our outdoor facilities include a 400-metre track, an athletics field, badminton courts, basketball courts, a grass football pitch, synthetic tennis courts and volleyball courts. Indoor facilities include: badminton courts; squash courts; a basketball court; rooms for gymnastics, table tennis, taekwondo and wushu; a volleyball court; a sports theory classroom and several newly opened climbing walls. Several swimming pools are within walking distance of the campus and nearby parks are popular with runners.

Free Chinese language lessons
All staff are offered free Chinese language lessons per week for the duration of their first year.

About Ningbo
Ningbo is located in Zhejiang province on the south shore of Hangzhou Bay, just under two hours away from Shanghai.

Nearly 7,000 years old, populated with approximately 7.6 million people and covering around 1,033sq km, Ningbo is a rapidly growing city. It was ranked in Forbes’ list of the top cities for business in China and is a thriving blend of enterprise, culture, education, tradition and entertainment.

Ningbo offers the opportunity to feel at home among an array of international shopping outlets, restaurants, clubs and bars, while hosting international sports and music events. It also provides the chance to embrace culture and tradition – temples and intricate streets house markets selling a variety of antiques, textiles and delicious Ningbo cuisine. National and local festivities show the delights of Chinese culture while close to a hundred museums and exhibitions represent the city’s historic past and innovative future.

Home to one of the five largest ports in the world, Ningbo’s import and export industry is one of the most important to the city and its businesses. The city is a mix of modern skyscrapers and traditional architecture, which complement stunning parkland and scenic spots.

The city’s excellent transport links mean that Ningbo is easy to explore and an ideal base from which to visit China and Asia.

Key Facts
A new first tier city close to Shanghai and Hangzhou. Ningbo is safe, welcoming and affordable.

A dynamic economic centre for foreign trade

The first pilot area for the “Made in China 2025” strategy

Expanding in aerospace and other high technology industries

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