Postdoctoral Fellowships at KIAA/Peking University

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Publish Date: 
Tuesday, September 29, 2020
Archive Date: 
Tuesday, December 1, 2020
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Post-doctoral Positions and Fellowships
Institution Classification/Type: 
Large Academic
KIAA, Peking University
Street Line 1: 
Kavli Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics
Street Line 2: 
Peking University
Job Announcement Text: 

The Kavli Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics (KIAA) and the Department of Astronomy (DoA) at Peking University (PKU), Beijing, China together invite applications for (1) KIAA Fellowships, (2) PKU-SHAO Joint Postdoctoral Fellowships, and (3) KIAA-ICRAR Joint Postdoctoral Fellowships. For more information on these fellowships and all other postdoctoral opportunities at KIAA, see:

KIAA Fellowships are open to applicants in any area of astrophysics. KIAA fellowships are awarded for two years, renewable for a third year subject to a performance evaluation and the availability of funding. Successful applicants are expected to carry out independent and original research in collaboration with PKU astronomers.

The PKU-SHAO Postdoctoral Fellowships ( are jointly awarded by Peking University and Shanghai Astrophysical Observatory (SHAO) and are open to applicants in fields of interest to both PKU and SHAO, including black holes, galaxies, galactic and extragalactic star formation, cosmology, and computational astrophysics. The postdocs will spend two years at SHAO and two years at KIAA in either order, with the second two years awarded with satisfactory performance. SHAO is located in the downtown of Shanghai, one of the most international and developed cities of China. SHAO provides a diverse setting and research facilities. In addition to the involvement of some domestic and international projects such as SKA, EHT, LAMOST, CSST, FAST and HUBS, the institute also possesses its own facilities such as the 65-m radio telescope and excellent computational facilities. Astronomy at SHAO includes 50 faculty, 20 postdoctoral fellows, 70 PhD students.  For more information on SHAO, see

The KIAA-ICRAR Postdoctoral Fellowships are jointly awarded by KIAA and by International Centre of Radio Astronomy Research at University of Western Australia to researchers in radio astronomy. These postdocs will be awarded for up to three years, with 1-2 years at ICRAR. We are searching for candidates to start as KIAA-ICRAR Fellows as soon as possible.  ICRAR is a joint venture between Curtin University and the University of Western Australia, engaged in Astronomy research, engineering and data intensive astronomy. ICRAR is ranked as one of the top five institutions of its kind in the world and is a significant partner in SKA pre-construction activities. For more information on ICRAR, see

Astrophysics at Peking University includes a total of 25 faculty, 35 postdoctoral fellows, 80 graduate students, 120 undergraduates, and many visiting scholars. KIAA is located on the historic grounds of PKU, has English as the working language, and regularly sponsors thematic workshops and conferences to provide a platform for national and international scientific exchanges.

Prospective applicants are encouraged to discuss possible collaborative projects with faculty members at either KIAA or the PKU Department of Astronomy. The cover letter should indicate whether the applicant is only interested in one of the positions or is interested in all PKU postdoctoral opportunities for which they are qualified.

START DATE: May/September/December 2021

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Ph.D. in astronomy, physics, planetary sciences or related fields completed or expected by the start date, and a demonstrated record of research excellence. Preference will be given to applicants within 3 years of their PhD diploma. Candidates of any nationality are encouraged to apply to the KIAA Fellowships and PKU-SHAO Postdoctoral Fellowships. The KIAA-ICRAR Fellowships are restricted to Chinese citizens.

APPLICATION PROCESS: Applicants should submit the following: cover letter, CV, brief summary of research experience, plan of future research, and at least three confidential letters of recommendation to arrive by November 30. If you are interested in the KIAA-ICRAR fellowship, please apply as early as possible and email [email protected] to notify us of your interest. Applicants are encouraged to identify faculty members with whom they could pursue collaborative projects.  All applications should be submitted at

Application Deadline: 
Monday, November 30, 2020
Selection Deadline: 
Sunday, January 31, 2021
Current Status of Position: 
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Shuyan Liu