Career Opportunities available at the School of FUTURE DESIGN, BEIJING NORMAL UNIVERSITY

I. Introduction

Beijing Normal University (BNU) is a key university affiliated with the Ministry of Education and a leading comprehensive higher education institution known for education, especially teacher education, and basic learning in both the arts and the sciences. Beijing Normal University at Zhuhai (BNU Zhuhai) is an important component of the construction of a “comprehensive, research-oriented, world-class university with Chinese characteristics leading in teacher education”, and is a southern campus of the same level and standard as the Beijing campus under the university’s development strategy of “One University, Two Campuses” and the principle of “High Standard, New Mechanism and Internationalization”. Taking the advantage of Zhuhai’s geographical location close to Hong Kong and Macao and the innovation atmosphere in this area, BNU Zhuhai is to be built into a national center for training excellent teachers, especially in urgently needed disciplines, a base for cultivating talents facilitating the integration of Hong Kong and Macao into the national development and the Belt and Road Initiative, a cutting-edge education research center as well as an incubation base for emerging disciplines and cross-disciplinary research.

II. School of Future Design

Beijing Normal University School of Future Design (SFD) was established in June 2021. Based on the leading disciplines of Beijing Normal University and grounded at the cross-disciplinary research in arts, technology and education, SFD fosters an integrated practice of research, education and practice through collaboration across humanities, arts, design, technology, and social sciences, and provides problem-driven and project-oriented education within complementary disciplines. It covers three research directions: Design and Future Production and Lifestyle, Art and Technology, Design and Education. With the goal of providing pioneering and exploration practices for design industry, SFD aims to equip innovative talents with professional literacy, cutting-edge vision, comprehensive analytical skills, and scientific and humanistic concepts.

III. Research Directions

1. Design and Future Production/Lifestyle: Comprehensive design for future production, lifestyle and social forms

In the context of the new Internet culture, intelligent society and digital economy, “Design and Future Production/Lifestyle” promotes forward-looking and practical design teaching and research based on the exploration of future cultural forms, production and lifestyle formed with new technological innovations. The research in this field focuses on humanism and technology ethics and bridges design aesthetics and intelligent manufacturing, covering cultural life and production practice. It covers existing branches including Industrial Design, Visual Communication Design, Fashion and Accessory Design and Environmental Design, as well as explores forward-looking branches including Future Lifestyle Research, Future Human Habitat Design and Future Experience Design. Research on “Design and Future Production/Lifestyle” equips students with the ability to analyze and predict social development trends, to grasp advanced design concepts, methods and tools, and to understand institution and market operation as well as product development process, and ultimately enables students to become initiators and leaders of future social ideology.

2. Art and Technology: Conceptual research in design for cutting-edge issues

“Art and Technology” concentrates on the application of technology in art and design and conducts conceptual exploration and practice of frontier issues involving Digital Media Art, Multimedia Design, Interaction Design and AI Visualization Design. The research in this field closely links to international frontier disciplines, strives for first-class academic research results, aiming to tackle frontier issues with the scientific and technological aspects on human’s life patterns in future society. Adhering to sustainable innovation and exploration, it nurtures innovative art and design talents with cross-border thinking, problem-solving ability, future vision, and systematic and strategic thinking.

3. Design and Education: A study of teaching and development in future design education

“Design and Education” is the innovative research in art and design education, aiming at nurturing new talents required for future design and exploring future development of design education. The research in this field aims to grasp the development trend of global art education by investigating “Design Thinking” for adolescents, “Aesthetic Education” in K-12 education and Learning Environment Design (campus, classroom, desk, chair, teaching aids and other educational products and services). In addition, it adopts the advantages of Beijing Normal University in education and psychology, highlights the characteristics of teacher-training institutions, creates a new direction of design interdisciplinary education, and explores the future development of design education.

IV. Job Positions

Teaching and research talents in the directions in line with the School development (education, aesthetic education, art psychology, and service design are preferred) can be introduced according to the talent levels listed below.

1. Outstanding Talents: with the ability and level to lead the discipline development and carry out high-level scientific research.

2. Leading Talents: have landmark high-level academic research achievements, and can play a leading and driving role in team building and talent cultivation.

3. Top-notch Talents: have made distinctive and high-level research results, and certain influence in the discipline and have been recognized by academic peers.

4. Young Talents: young scholars with excellent scientific and technological innovation potential and good teamwork ability, with great development potential, PhDs or post-docs who graduated from top universities or top disciplines at home and abroad, or young talents who have over two years of teaching and research experience in top universities, with particularly outstanding research results. The age of candidates in the field of natural science and engineering technology should not exceed 35 years old, and in the field of humanities and social science should not exceed 42 years old.

5. Core Teachers: Ph.D. with appropriate relaxation for particularly outstanding candidates; have certain achievements or development potential in the discipline they are engaged in with interdisciplinary research ability and international vision. The age should not exceed 45 years old, except for senior titles.

V. Remuneration

1. Outstanding Talents: For outstanding talents, they will have a professional title of full professor, a recruitment quota of postgraduate students, a well-equipped apartment or rental allowance and the eligibility to purchase a shared ownership apartment on campus, and high-quality first-rate resources of pre-school age education and compulsory education for their children. The annual base salary, research start-up fund and living subsidy can be negotiated on the specific case.

2. Leading Talents: For leading talents, they will have a professional title of full professor, a recruitment quota of postgraduate students, a well-equipped apartment or rental allowance and the eligibility to purchase a shared ownership apartment on campus, and high-quality first-rate resources of pre-school age education and compulsory education for their children. The annual base salary, research start-up fund and living subsidy can be negotiated on the specific case.

3. Top-notch Talents: For top-notch talents, they will have a professional title of researcher and above, a yearly pre-tax income of 600,000 yuan (annual merit pay calculated separately), a research start-up fund of 1,000,000 yuan, a living subsidy of 1,000,000 yuan, a recruitment quota of postgraduate students, a well-equipped apartment or rental allowance and the eligibility to purchase a shared ownership apartment on campus, and high-quality first-rate resources of pre-school age education and compulsory education for their children.

4. Young Talents: For young talents, they will have a professional title of researcher and above, a yearly pre-tax income of 400,000 yuan (annual merit pay calculated separately), a research start-up fund of 500,000 yuan, a living subsidy of 500,000 yuan, a recruitment quota of postgraduate students, a well-equipped apartment or rental allowance and the eligibility to purchase a shared ownership apartment on campus, and high-quality first-rate resources of pre-school age education and compulsory education for their children.

5. Core Teachers: For core teachers, they will have competitive payment (over 250,000 yuan for lecturers, 300,000 yuan for associate professors, 400,000 yuan for full professors)(before tax), a research start-up fund of 200,000 yuan, a recruitment quota of postgraduate students, a well-equipped apartment or rental allowance and the eligibility to purchase a shared ownership apartment on campus, and high-quality first-rate resources of pre-school age education and compulsory education for their children.

VI. Registration and Contact

This recruitment post is valid all year round. Please send the following materials to the email: design@bnu.edu.cn, entitled “Application + Name”.

Resume
Cover letter
Portfolio or 1-3 published articles

Contact: Ms. Yu 86-756-3683973