Postdoctoral Fellowships in Astronomy, University of Science and Technology of China

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Thursday, February 20, 2020
Archive Date: 
Thursday, April 9, 2020
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Job Summary
Job Category: 
Post-doctoral Positions and Fellowships
Institution Classification/Type: 
Foreign
Institution/Company: 
University of Science and Technology of China
Department Name: 
Astronomy
Street Line 1: 
96 Jinzhai Rd, USTC East Campus
City: 
Hefei
State/Province: 
Anhui Province
Zip/Postal: 
230026
Country: 
China
Announcement
Job Announcement Text: 

The Department of Astronomy (http://astro.ustc.edu.cn/) at the University of Science and Technology of China (USTC) invites applications for a number of postdoctoral positions to start in the fall of 2020. Successful applicants are expected to specialize in one of the following domains: 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, astrochemistry, and astronomical instrumentation. 

USTC is a premier astronomical institution of China (tied first in the current astronomy ranking by the Chinese Ministry of China), and is one of the institutions that initiated modern astrophysical research in China. 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’s No.1 fastest growing metropolitan economy. Hefei is now a hub of high-speed railways, with a solid transportation at service.

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. It will survey up to 6000 square degrees in multiple colors per night, reaching 23th magnitude for with high-precision photometry and astrometry. WFST will serve as an ideal platform for new postdoctoral researchers with 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-scale and Nano-scale Research and Fabrication) and the Extreme Low Temperature Test System. 

Successful candidates will receive an annual salary of 200,000 RMB at minimum, up to around 400,000 RMB, though the high-end salary hinges on successful applications for the CAS Special Research Assistantship, the USTC Micius Research Fellowship or the PIFI Fellowship (CAS President’s International Fellowship Initiative). The university also provides generous benefits on medical insurance and children daycare. All successful applicants are encouraged to apply for the USTC Youth Innovation Research Fund. Successful applicants will work with one or more of the faculty members listed on the following website: http://staff.ustc.edu.cn/~glliu/postdocad.html. Applicants should contact the relevant faculty directly to learn more about the stipend, the research duties and other requirements. 

Applicants of all nationalities are encouraged to apply. A Ph.D. degree in astronomy, physics or a related discipline is a prerequisite for commencing the position. The initial appointment is two years, but may be extended to up to 6 additional years (with the rank promoted to non-tenure Research Associate Professor) contingent on performance and funding. Tenure promotion to associate or full professor is possible for outstanding candidates.

To apply, please prepare a CV/resume, a list of publications, a statement of research interests, and arrange for at least three letters of reference. All these documents are to be sent to Dr. Ruizhi Yang by email (yangrz@ustc.edu.cn) with the subject "USTC Postdoc Application/Your Name". The subject of the email for submitting reference letters should read "USTC Reference Letter/Your Name". The positions remain open until filled, but for full consideration, all application documents are expected to arrive by April 10, 2020. Further inquiries are also directed to Dr. Yang via the email above.

Pay Compensation
Salary Min: 
$28579.00 (USD)
Salary Max: 
$57158.00 (USD)
Application Deadline: 
Friday, April 10, 2020
Selection Deadline: 
Friday, April 10, 2020
Current Status of Position: 
Accepting Applicants
Apply to Job
Attention To: 
Ruizhi Yang
Title: 
Dr.
Institution/Company: 
University of Science and Technology of China
Department Name: 
Astronomy
Street Line 1: 
96 Jinzhai Rd, USTC East Campus
City: 
Hefei
State/Province: 
Anhui Province
Zip/Postal Code: 
230026
Country: 
China
Email: 
yangrz@ustc.edu.cn
Inquiries About Job
Attention To: 
Ruizhi Yang
Email: 
yangrz@ustc.edu.cn