The National Astronomical Observatories (NAOC) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) have multiple openings for outstanding young scientists from overseas to work on FAST related subjects. The position offered can be tenure-track with competitive benefits.
The Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical radio Telescope (FAST) is the largest single-dish radio telescope in the world and the most sensitive instrument between 70 MHz and 3 GHz. During early commissioning observations, the NAOC team has discovered more than 12 new pulsars and tested various key capabilities. Large surveys are being planned, including “The Commensal Radio Astronomy FAST Survey” (CRAFTS, Li et al. 2018 arxiv:1802.03709), which aims to obtain pulsar, HI imaging, HI galaxies, and FRB data simultaneously and to discovery more than 1000 new pulsars, hundreds of thousands of galaxies, obtain the best HI images of the northern sky and tens of FRBs. Serious challenges remain to fully realize such capabilities and potentials. Therefore, groups in NAOC are endowed through the National Key Research and Development Program, the Mega-science Center of Astronomy Fellowship Program, and the CAS International Collaboration Key Program, to support incoming young scientists working in any related field.
We seek candidates of the highest caliber, with emphasis on her/his cognizance of the broad context and forward-looking capabilities. Already on staff within the NAOC-ISM group are three types of faculties. All have openings this year.
1. The FAST Outstanding Young Fellowship requires the applicants to be within 5 years of their PhD and will be subjected to a Mega-science center review. The contract is for 2 to 3 years, with an annual salary between $25K to $48K and additional matched contribution to health and social insurance.
2. The CAS Young Fellow requires the applicants to be within 5 years of their PhD and have a minimum 3-year oversea experience, including time spent as a PhD candidate. The CAS Young Fellow will be reviewed at the NAOC level and subject to CAS approval.
3. The National Young Fellow requires the applicants to have a minimum of 3 years of oversea postdoctoral experience and will be subjected to a competitive NSFC-organized review at the national level.
The CAS and the National Young Fellows will be reviewed for tenure in three years. The initial contract will come with a $300K to $500K startup package, competitive salary, housing subsidy and health benefit.
The successful fellows will participate in the commissioning of FAST and expect to spend more than 50% time with FAST related activities as well as independent research. The fellows have access to all FAST data, including those embargoed to the general community. The candidates will also have access to NAOC resources, including the upcoming 20PB/200Tflops computing center, the JCMT (of which NAOC has about 1/5 share) and ALMA (through the CAS Chile center and the EAO collaboration).
Applicants who are interested in this position are encouraged to contact us first (email@example.com). The application package should include a cover letter explaining why your background and future plan may be aligned with FAST, curriculum vitae/bibliography, three letters of references and a copy or certificate of degree. The review process will start in May of 2018. The application will remain open until filled.