Postdoctoral Research Positions for Black hole-Host Lifecycle Evolution (BHOLE) Project

Postdoctoral Research Positions for Black hole-Host Lifecycle Evolution (BHOLE) Project




The Kavli Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics (KIAA) at Peking University (PKU), Beijing, China invites applications for up to 10 postdoctoral research positions to participate in the Black hole-Host Lifecycle Evolution (BHOLE) project. The term of the appointment is for two years, with possible extension up to four years, subject to availability of funding and satisfactory performance.


BHOLE is a large, long-term program funded by the Ministry of Science and Technology of China, devoted to four areas related to the general theme of the coevolution of supermassive black holes and galaxies: (1) measurement of black hole masses in active galaxies, (2) study of physical properties (stars, gas, dust, star formation rate) of host galaxies, (3) search for and systematic characterization of high-redshift quasars, and (4) theoretical investigation of the physics of the central engine (accretion disk, outflows, feedback) of active galaxies.  The project, led by Luis C. Ho, is a collaboration of 17 core investigators from six institutions in China (KIAA, Institute of High-energy Physics, National Astronomical Observatory of China, Shanghai Astronomical Observatory, Nanjing University, and University of Science and Technology of China).  For more details, see:


We seek qualified applicants with observational expertise in, but not limited to, the following areas: optical spectroscopy and photometry, HST imaging, single-dish and interferometric radio and mm/submm observations of (neutral and molecular) gas and dust, modeling of infrared (Spitzer, Herschel) spectral energy distributions, and X-ray data analysis.  For theory, we seek applicants with experience in numerical simulations, as well as analytic and semi-analytic techniques.  The following is the list of projects currently available; more details can be found at the BHOLE web site.  



* The Stellar Structure of the Host Galaxies of AGNs and Quasars


* The Gas Content and Kinematics of Active Galaxies


* The Spectral Energy Distribution of AGNs


* Numerical Simulation Study of AGN Feedback


* X-ray View of Growing Supermassive Black Holes and Their Connections to the Host Galaxies


* High-Redshift (z>6) Quasars and Their Physical Properties


* Measurements of Black Hole Mass through Reverberation Mapping


* High-resolution Studies of the Interaction between AGNs and their Host Galaxies


* LAMOST Quasar Survey


* Observations of Feedback from Luminous Quasars at Different Cosmic Epochs


* Millimeter and Radio Studies of SMBH-Galaxy Coevolution at High Redshift


* Formation and Evolution of Massive Black Holes


* Tracing Hot DOGs, a Key Stage Connecting Obscured and Unobscured Quasars


* Constraining the Spin and Radiative Efficiency Evolution of Massive Black Holes via Multi-wavelength Observations of AGNs/QSOs


* Observations of Feedback from Luminous Quasars at Different Cosmic Epochs


* AGN Triggering Mechanism and the Impact of AGN Feedback on Star Formation



Applicants should state their preference for which research topic(s) they wish to be considered.  The recruitment of postdoctoral researchers for the entire BHOLE project will be coordinated by KIAA.  Depending on the research topic, successful applicants may reside at KIAA or at one of the other five institutions affiliated with the project.


With English as its working language, KIAA is an intellectual platform for scientific exchange. KIAA is engaged in national and international theoretical and observational initiatives, development and use of facilities, and student training, pursued in partnerships with other Kavli institutes and a network of domestic and international astronomy centers.  KIAA regularly sponsors thematic workshops and conferences. The KIAA and Department of Astronomy have about 25 faculty, 20 postdoctoral fellows, 50 graduate students, 120 undergraduates, and many visiting scholars. For more information on this and other potential postdoctoral opportunities, see



RANK: Postdoctoral fellow.


SALARY: Depending on qualifications and experience.


START DATE: January/April/July/October 1 2017


MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Ph.D. in astronomy, physics, planetary sciences or related fields completed or expected by effective date, and a demonstrated record of research excellence. 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 research, and at least three confidential letters of recommendation.  


DEADLINE: Applications received prior to November 30, 2016, will receive full consideration.







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