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Employer: Sun Yat-sen University (website)

Sun Yat-sen University, founded by Dr. Sun Yat-sen and with an educational tradition spanning over 100 years, is a modern comprehensive university that enjoys a reputation as a top-tier university nationally and a renowned university internationally. With five campuses in the three cities of Guangzhou, Zhuhai, and Shenzhen, and ten affiliated hospitals.


Position: Tenure-Track Assistant or Associate Professor (5 openings)



The Department of Public Administration in the School of Government at Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou, China, invites applications for five tenure-track Assistant Professor appointments to begin fall 2022. Excellent candidates will also be considered at associate level or higher (with tenure).

The Department of Public Administration currently offers a full complement of degrees from undergraduate to PhD as well as a professional master’s degree in public administration (MPA), which provide students with opportunities to specialize in local government management, public budgeting and finance, social policy, human resource management and urban planning. The department also houses the Center for Chinese Public Administration Research, which is a national-level public administration research institute sponsored by the Ministry of Education of the People’s Republic of China. As one of the country’s oldest and best programs, the Department of Public Administration is consistently ranked 47th in the world for social policy & administration by the QS:

https://www.qschina.cn/en/university-rankings/university-subject-rankings/2021/social-policy-administration, while Sun Yat-sen University is currently ranked 177th in the world and 8th in China by U.S. News and World Report: https://www.usnews.com/education/best-global-universities/china

As the department continues to expand, we seek applications from highly motivated individuals who supports our mission “to enhance individual and institutional capacity for better public practice in China and around the World”, and who are committed to contributing to our diverse and highly dynamic teaching, research, and working environment.

The tenure requirements for assistant professors usually include research, teaching and service. Within the 5/6-year tenure clock, successful candidates must demonstrate a record of outstanding publications in top peer-reviewed journals in the field (e.g. PAR, JPART, JPPAM, etc.), and evidence of significant research impact. The teaching load usually is two courses per semester, and responsibilities include instruction at the graduate and undergraduate levels, willingness to teach core and elective courses, satisfactory teaching evaluation, and interaction with students in advising their theses. Candidates are also expected to secure external funding as well as to actively engage in academic and professional services in the school and the community.


About School of Government at Sun Yat-sen University

The School of Government at Sun Yat-sen University, consisting of Department of Political Sciences and Department of Public Administration, has its origins in Guangdong College of Law and Politics which was founded in 1905. After a century of development, the school now has grown into the largest and most renowned research institution for public administration in South China, with 52 full-time faculty members, 10 postdoctoral fellows or researchers, and more than 1800 registered students at all levels (as of July 2021). Located in Guangzhou, one of the most dynamic and prosperous metropolitan areas in China, the school takes active part in all kinds of public activities serving the government and the society, and it plays a leading role in the policy-making, implementation and evaluation process in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area.

Sun Yat-sen University promotes a diverse academic environment of mutual respect without discrimination on the basis of gender, race, age, color, religion, nationality and disability. All candidates with the required qualifications are encouraged to apply and will be given equal employment opportunity.


Preferred Research Areas

National Politics and Comparative Politics (1)

Public Policy (1)

Public Human Resource Management (1)

Non-profit Organization Management (1)

Public Budgeting and Finance (1)

*Candidates with other expertise are also WELCOME to apply!



Sun Yat-sen University and the School of Government offer faculty a globally competitive compensation and generous benefits package covering health insurance, pension and retirement benefits, housing allowance and paid study or maternity leave. We also provide ample internal and external funding opportunities in support for research, scholarship, and publication as part of our commitment to ongoing faculty professional development. Children of all faculty members will be granted guaranteed admission to the highly reputable kindergarten, primary and middle schools affiliated to Sun Yat-sen University. Extra earnings and bonuses on the basis of workload or performance are also available.



Applicants should have:

1. A PhD in Public Administration, Public Policy, Political Science or a closely related discipline at the time of appointment.

2. Demonstrated ability to independently conduct high-quality research and publish in top peer-reviewed journals in the field.

3. Demonstrated ability to electively teach 1-2 core courses either in English or Chinese, and to develop selective courses in their own field of expertise.

4. Keen interest in obtaining external funding.


How to Apply

To apply, please submit (1) a cover letter; (2) current C.V.; (3) sample(s) of scholarship and a brief statement of research agenda; (4) evidence of teaching electiveness such as a sample syllabus, course evaluations, if available; (5) names and contact information for three professional references to: soghr@mail.sysu.edu.cn.

Review of applications will immediately and will continue until all positions are filled. Selected candidates will be invited to visit campus, or to participate in an online interview with the search committee.

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