The Department of Astronomy (http://astro.ustc.edu.cn/) at the University of Science and Technology of China (USTC) is seeking to fill a number of faculty positions at the level of full and/or associate professorships. Candidates from all astronomical fields are encouraged to apply, whose specialization is expected to strengthen, complement or expand the research of the current faculty that spans a spectrum of fields including galaxy formation and evolution, active galactic nuclei, time-domain astronomy, cosmology, large-scale structure of the universe, gravitational waves, star formation and the interstellar medium, high-energy and particle astrophysics, extrasolar planets and astronomical instrumentation.
Notably, the 2.5-meter Wide Field Survey Telescope (WFST) is under construction at USTC. Once commissioned, WFST will become a world-class survey facility on the northern hemisphere that will survey up to 6000 square degrees in multiple colors per night, reaching to 23rd magnitude with high-precision photometry and astrometry. WFST will serve as an ideal platform for new faculty members with research interests in time-domain astronomy, solar system objects, near-field cosmology and many other frontiers.
Meanwhile, USTC is deeply involved in the Ali CMB Polarization Telescope (AliCPT) in every aspect (hardware development, theoretical research and data analysis). The hardware development group is rapidly growing, conducting research on Transition Edge Sensor (TES), Microwave Kinetic Inductance Detector (MKID), Superconducting Quantum Interference Device (SQUID), and on related astronomical instrumentation. The instrumentation group has access to the Microelectronic processing platform (USTC Center for Micro- and Nano-scale Research and Fabrication) and the Extreme Low Temperature Test System.
USTC is a premier astronomical institution of China (tied first in the current astronomy ranking by the Ministry of Education of China), and is one of the institutions that initiated modern astrophysical research in this country. Among the few top-ranked Chinese universities, USTC is committed to building world-class academics and research. Hefei, the home of USTC and a sub-center city of the Yangtze River Delta city region, is arguably the most rapidly growing city in China, and was identified by The Economist in 2012 as the world No.1 fastest growing metropolitan economy. Hefei is now a hub of high-speed railways, with a solid transportation at service.
We particularly encourage candidates to apply through prestigious recruitment programs (see http://employment.ustc.edu.cn/en/). Candidates are expected to have attained established influential achievements and academic reputation in the astronomical community. Strong commitment to excellence in undergraduate and graduate education and research is a must. A Ph.D. degree in astronomy, physics or a closely related discipline and postdoctoral experience are mandatory. Candidates for senior positions should have an established record in conducting globally recognized research and securing external funding. USTC provides enthusiastic support for incoming faculty, including internationally competitive packages with ample housing subsidies, sizable start-up research funds, and assistance to building research groups. Salary and rank will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.
To apply, please provide a cover letter identifying the primary area of research, a curriculum vitae, a list of publications, research and teaching statements, and arrange for at least three letters of reference. All these documents are to be sent to Dr. Guilin Liu by email ([email protected]) with the subject "USTC Faculty Application/Your Name". The subject of the email for submitting reference letters should read "USTC Reference Letter/Your Name". The positions will remain open until filled, but for full consideration, all application documents should arrive by March 1, 2023. Further inquiries are also directed to Dr. Liu via the email above.