KIAA-PKU invites applications for post-doctoral research fellows



The Kavli Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics (KIAA) at Peking University (PKU), Beijing, China invites applications for three KIAA Postdoctoral Fellowships, starting on July 1/October 1, 2016.


KIAA is designed to be an international center of excellence to promote basic astrophysical research. KIAA's programs are focused in four major areas: (1) observational cosmology, galaxy formation and evolution; (2) interstellar medium, star formation, stellar and planet systems; (3) gravitational physics and high-energy phenomena; (4) and computational astrophysics (N-body, hydrodynamics, and MHD simulations). KIAA members have access to a variety of domestic and international observing facilities and computational resources (including a GPU cluster).

Current recruitment is open to qualified applicants in any of the above areas of expertise. KIAA seeks strong candidates in observations and theory to conduct independent research that will contribute to and help develop these programs. The appointment is for a period of two years, renewable for a third year subject to a performance evaluation and the availability of funding.

With English as its working language, KIAA is developing an intellectual environment for scientific exchange. In partnership with the National Astronomical Observatories and other astronomical centers and universities in China, KIAA is engaged in theoretical and observational initiatives, development and utilization of facilities, and training of students and postdocs. KIAA regularly sponsors thematic workshops, conferences, and special-topic training programs. KIAA is establishing exchange and visiting programs with other Kavli institutes and a network of universities and astronomy centers worldwide.

The institute, in conjunction with the Department of Astronomy, has a total of about 25 faculty, 12 postdoctoral fellows, 45 graduate students, and 120 undergraduates. For more information, see

RANK: Postdoctoral fellow.

SALARY: Depending on qualifications and experience.

START DATE: July 1/October 1 2016

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Ph.D. in astronomy, physics, planetary sciences or related fields completed or expected by effective date, a demonstrated record of research excellence, and potential to obtain external funding. PKU is an equal opportunity employer. Candidates of any nationality are encouraged to apply.

APPLICATION PROCESS: Applicants should submit the following by email to CV, brief summary of research experience, plan of future scientific goals, and at least three confidential letters of recommendation.

DEADLINE: Applications received prior to November 30, 2015, will receive full consideration.



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