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Deadline: 2016-02-15
Location: Zhuhai, China

Positions in TianQin Research Center for Gravitational Physics, Zhuhai, China

TianQin Research Center for Gravitational Physics at Sun Yat-sen University (SYSU) invites applications for two post-doctoral positions as well as a tenure-track research fellow position in gravitational wave astronomy and data analysis, with a focus on, but not limited to, space-borne gravitational experiments, gravitational wave astronomy, data analysis, numerical relativity, cosmology and gravitational theories.

post-doc
These positions are part of the TianQin project with the aim to launch a space-borne gravitational wave experiment. Anticipated researchers are expected to work closely with the current faculty, in the areas of gravitational wave astronomy and data analysis. These positions are fully supported by the research center for 2 years, with a possible additional 1 year extension. Researchers with outstanding performance may qualify for tenure-track faculty positions in the future.
Applicants should have the following basic qualifications: 1) Ph.D. in astronomy, physics, or closely related field, 2) evidence of the ability to establish and maintain a successful research program, and 3) evidence of the ability to work in a large, collaborative effort. Applicants should send the following materials to tianqin[AT]sysu.edu.cn, with the subject title “Application for postdoc from [Applicant’s Name]” 1) a CV, including a publication list, 2) a statement of the candidate’s research interests and how the research fits into the space-borne gravitational wave detection project. Three letters of recommendation should be sent directly to tianqin[AT]sysu.edu.cn with the subject line “Letter of Recommendation for [Applicant’s Name]”. Applications received by Feb 15, 2017, will receive full consideration.
Successful candidates will be offered competitive salary, startup funding and affordable housing. They are expected to start at TianQin Research Center on Sep. 1, 2017, but the exact starting date is negotiable.

research fellow
This position is part of the TianQin project with the aim to launch a space-borne gravitational wave experiment. Anticipated researchers are expected to work closely with the current faculty, in the areas of gravitational wave astronomy and data analysis. This position is fully supported by the research center for 3 years. Research faculty with satisfying performance will be qualified to tenured faculty positions after the 3 year contract.
Applicants should have the following basic qualifications: 1) Ph.D. in astronomy, physics, or closely related field, 2) evidence of the ability to establish and maintain a successful research program, and 3) evidence of the ability to work in a large, collaborative effort. Applicants should send the following materials to tianqin[AT]sysu.edu.cn, with the subject title “Application for research fellow from [Applicant’s Name]” 1) a CV, including a publication list, 2) a statement of the candidate’s research interests and how the research fits into the space-borne gravitational wave detection project. Three letters of recommendation should be sent directly to tianqin[AT]sysu.edu.cn with the subject line “Letter of Recommendation for [Applicant’s Name]”. Applications received by Feb 30, 2017, will receive full consideration.
Successful candidates will be offered competitive salary, startup funding and affordable housing. They are expected to start at TianQin Research Center on Sep. 1, 2017, but the exact starting date is negotiable.

About SYSU
Sun Yat-sen University was established in 1924 by Dr. Sun Yat-sen, the founding father of modern China, and has been consistently ranked among the top 10 universities in mainland China. Eighteen disciplines at the University, including physics and mathematics, rank in the top 1% world’s universities (ESI 2016), tied for the second most among universities in China.
Sun Yat-sen University is comprised of five campuses in three cities (Guangzhou, Zhuhai, and Shenzhen). Most research of TianQin will be administered by the TianQin Research Center, which is located in the scenery Zhuhai campus of SYSU. The campus is within half an hour driving distance to the city of Macau and Hong Kong.