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Job Categories: Tenure/Tenure-track Faculty Positions in Design

Academic Fields: Industrial Design, Art & Design

Location: Changsha, Hunan, China

Assistant Professor/Associate Professor/Professor, School of Design, Hunan University

Position Description

Aim to 2035 plan, the School of Design in Hunan University defines “culture leading, technology empowering, integration innovating” as the core development strategy, built “Design Theory and Strategy, Smart Design Method and Tools, Culture and Technology Integration and Social Innovation” as three disciplinary pillars, and developed “Smart Equipment, Intelligent Mobility, Data Intelligence and Service Design, Intelligent Health, Sustainability and Eco-Design, Digital Culture Innovation” as six academic blocks. According to this objective, the School of Design is open six new faculty positions, and looking forward candidates from the areas below can join us:

• Human Factors/Ergonomics, especially in cognitive psychology, sports, and kinesiology, lower limbs physiology, sleeping study.

• Ecology and Sustainable Design, especially in eco-system monitoring and planning, precision agriculture, environmental evaluation.

• Digital Media, especially in information visualization, game design, interactive installation, and exhibit.

• Applied Economics and Online Marketing。

 We offer competitive salaries and fringe benefits including medical insurance, retirement and housing subsidy. Salary and rank will commensurate with qualifications and experience. Additionally, we provide some of the best start-up packages in the sector to our faculty members, including doctoral studentship, postdoctoral fellowships, and startup funding. We also have a very experienced and supportive staff team to help our faculty to apply for all national and local talent professor awards.

Hunan University is committed to increasing the diversity equity and inclusion of its faculty

and has a range of family-friendly policies in place.

Roles and Responsibilities

• As a principal investigator in the given area, ability to lead and develop a research group, apply and manage research funds, and deliver high-quality research outcomes;

• Teaching in one of the approved degree programs in the School of Design;

• Advising graduate students and post-doc;

• Service in school and professional networks.


• Doctoral degree in a major relevant to the above areas

• Demonstrated significant experience in design and design education

• Fluency in written and spoken English

How to Apply

To apply, please provide:

• A Cover Letter identifying the primary area of research and teaching;

• Curriculum Vitae.

Please forward these to    
  with the subject line "Faculty Application".School of Design will start to review applications from April 1 st, 2021 until positions are all filled.

About the University and the School

      Hunan University (HNU) is situated at the foot of the picturesque Yuelu Mountain and on the west bank of the rippling Xiangjiang River in the historically and culturally renowned City of Changsha, the capital of Hunan Province. It enjoys the title of an "Ancient Millenarian Academy, Famous Centennial University". As one of the key and most comprehensive universities affiliated with the Ministry of Education, it has been included in the state's "Project 211" and "Project 985" for priority investment and construction, and the project of building world-class universities.

      Hunan University’s design discipline started from 1977, which is one of the first industrial design majors in China. It now has the complete academic system from

undergraduate education to Post-Doc research. School of Design in Hunan University has been awarded twice First Prize in National Teaching Achievement, which is unique in Chinese design education. It represents the leading direction of design discipline development in science and engineering-driven comprehensive universities. It has been graded as A- in the fourth round discipline evaluation (joint the fifth place in China). It chairs the Commission of Industrial Design Teaching Instruction by the Ministry of Education, and the Commission of Industrial Design Discipline Education in the Chinese Machinery Industry. School of Design has the National Arts and Design Experimental Teaching Demonstration Center, and the National Talent Training Demonstration Area.

      Based on our discipline’s advantages, Hunan University attracted the best prospective master and Ph.D. applicants in design from the entire country every year. 90% of them came from recommendation-based direct enrollment and test-exempt students from other “Double First-Class” initiative-listed universities or B and above level’s design schools. 50% of Ph.D. applicants came from QS World Top 50 design majors. School of Design always ranks No.1 among all disciplines in Hunan University’s students' satisfaction survey in years. School of Design is a member of significant international originations such as Cumulus, UNESCO Creative Cities Network, WDO. As one of the mother schools in Chinese design education, 112 graduates from the School of Design in Hunan University became the school chairs or department heads in other universities. The school also served in various local industrial and public services. Its contributions to industry-academics collaboration and regional development service received the highest recognition from Shenzhen, Xiongan, and Quanzhou governments, and the “Best Partner” from corporates such as Alibaba, Huawei, and NetEase.