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Postdoctoral research associates in astrophysics

The Tsinghua Center for Astrophysics (THCA) in the Department of Physics at Tsinghua University invites applications for postdoctoral positions in areas broadly related to cosmology, galaxy formation and evolution, high energy astrophysics, exoplanets, and time domain astrophysics. Candidates with background in instrumentation, observation or theory are all encouraged to apply. Successful candidates are expected to work closely with faculty members in similar areas, and will have access to a variety of domestic and international observing facilities and computational resources. Description of individual research programs can be found at the THCA web site (http://astro.tsinghua.edu.cn).


Applicants should have a Ph.D. in physics, astronomy, or a related field by the date of appointment. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply, regardless of gender, national or cultural origins. English is a working language at THCA. The main selection criteria are research accomplishments and potential for future success. A complete application should include a curriculum vita, a list of publications, and a statement of previous research and future plan, all in one PDF file, and be sent via email to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., by November 30, 2016 to receive full consideration. The applicant should also arrange for three letters of recommendation to be sent to the same email address prior to the deadline. Initial appointment is for two years, renewable for a third year depending on performance and funding. Successful candidates will be offered competitive salary compensation and housing accommodation. They are expected to start at Tsinghua no later than September 1, 2017 (although the exact starting date can be negotiated).


The appointment is for a period of two years, renewable for a third year subject to a performance review and the availability of funding.


Application Process

Applicants should submit the following by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.:

  • a CV
  • a list of publications
  • a statement of previous research and future plan
  • three letters of recommendation

 

Contact for Inquries

  • Contact: Ms. Guoqing Liu
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  • http://astro.tsinghua.edu.cn

Salary

Depending on qualifications and experience.

Minimum Qualifications

Ph.D. in physics, astronomy, or a related field by the date of appointment. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply, regardless of gender, national or cultural origins.

Deadline

The formal deadline is Nov. 30, 2016 for full considerations, although applications will be considered all year around.

Postdoctoral Scholar in Superconducting Detector Development

The Tsinghua Center for Astrophysics (THCA) at Tsinghua University in China and SRON Netherlands Institute for Space Research (Utrecht) in the Netherlands jointly invite applications for a Postdoctoral Scholar position in the development of transition-edge sensor (TES) technology for X-ray astronomy.


Tsinghua University is one of the oldest and most prestigious universities in China and is also one of the best in the world. The Tsinghua Center for Astrophysics (THCA) is a research center in the Department of Physics. Besides its diverse areas of astrophysics research, THCA is also highly committed to instrumentation for astronomical applications. It is leading an effort to advance the Hot Universe Baryon Surveyor (HUBS) mission concept, designed to address a number of issues that are critical to the understanding of galaxy formation and evolution, and is developing TES-based microcalorimeters for HUBS, in close collaboration with SRON. SRON has a prominent track record in the development of TES technology for space instruments, either at X-ray or Far-Infrared wavelength. It is developing TES-based microcalorimeters, as well as the associated readout technology, for ESA’s Athena mission.


The successful applicant should have a Ph.D. in experimental physics, material science, electrical engineering, or other related fields. Knowledge of astrophysics is desirable but not required. He/she will be involved in all aspects of TES development, including the deposition of superconducting films, design and fabrication of devices, and cryogenic characterization of devices. Past experience in nanofabrication or superconducting devices and detectors is, therefore, highly valued; additional experience with space instrumentation is a plus. Although the position is formally affiliated with THCA, the successful applicant is expected to also spend a substantial period of time at SRON. Details of the arrangement can be negotiated.


A complete application should include a curriculum vita, a list of publications, a statement of previous research, and the names and contact information of three references, all in one PDF file, and be sent via email to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., by November 30, 2017 to receive full consideration. The appointment is for two years, renewable for a third year upon mutual agreement. The successful applicant will be offered a competitive salary (up to an equivalent of $46 K per year, commensurate with background and experience), fringe benefits, and subsidized housing in China. Supplemental support might also be available when staying at SRON, contingent upon funding. The position is available immediately and will remain open until filled. For further information:


Background

Tsinghua is a preeminent university in China, particularly known for its engineering and science programs, and is also one of the best universities in the world. It is ranked 25th in the most recent QS World University Rankings. The university is located in "China's Silicon Valley" in Beijing, and boasts a beautiful campus. On 2014 August 18th, the University Council approved an ambitious plan for the development of the astrophysics program at Tsinghua. An Institute of Astrophysics and a Tsinghua-NAOC Joint Research Center of Astronomy, in collaboration with the National Astronomical Observatories of Chinese Academy of Sciences, have been established according to the plan, and are now part of the Tsinghua Center for Astrophysics (THCA, see http://astro.tsinghua.edu.cn), a research center hosted by the Department of Physics (which is ranked 24th by QS). THCA is expected to add about 10 new faculty members by 2020, and is thus actively recruiting at all levels (faculty, scientist, postdoc, and graduate student) internationally. Besides its diverse areas of scientific research, THCA is highly committed to instrumentation for astronomical applications, especially for space missions, taking advantage of Tsinghua’s strong background in engineering. THCA strives to create a stimulating and diverse environment for research and academic exchange. English is a working language there.


SRON's mission is to bring breakthroughs in space research. The institute develops the state of the art technology and advanced space instruments, and uses them to pursue fundamental astrophysical research, Earth science and exoplanetary research. As a national expertise institute, SRON gives counsel to the Dutch government and coordinates national contributions to international space missions. SRON stimulates the implementation of space science in our society. SRON has a prominent track record in the developments of superconducting TES technology for space instruments either in X-ray or Far-Infrared wavelengths. SRON has demonstrated extremely low noise TES arrays and frequency domain multiplexing readout technology for detection of Far Infrared radiations for ESA-JAXA SPICA space telescope, and is currently working on the development of TES as micro-calorimeters as well as the readout technology for the X-ray Integral Field Unit (X-IFU) of the European Athena space telescope.

Contact for Inquries

  • Contact: Prof. Wei Cui
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  • Contact: Dr. Jian-Rong Gao
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