Experience

Employment
  • Director, Center for Astrophysics, Tsinghua University, 10/2014-Present
  • Researcher, National Astronomical Observatories of China, 10/2010-07/2018
  • Professor of astrophysics, Jodrell Bank Observatory, Univ. of Manchester, 08/2006-Present
  • Reader in astrophysics, Jodrell Bank Observatory, Univ. of Manchester, 10/2002-07/2006
  • Lecturer in astrophysics, Jodrell Bank Observatory, Univ. of Manchester, 1/2000-10/2002
  • Long-term postdoctoral fellow, Max-Planck Institute for Astrophysics, 9/1995-12/1999
  • Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics Postdoctoral Fellow, 9/1992-8/1995
Education
  • PhD, Princeton University, 9/1988-8/1992
  • BsC, University of Science and Technology, 9/1984-8/1988
Awards
Board membership & editorship
  • I am on the board of the Thirty Meter Telescope (2010-) and the Science Advisory Committee at the nearby KIAA (2015-)
  • I am an editor of Science in China G and New Journal of Physics
  • Associate chair, Educational Guidance Board for Astronomy, Oct. 2018 -
  • Referees for the Astrophysical Journal, Monthly Notices, Astronomy and Astrophysics, Science, Nature etc, and a number of international funding agencies

Teaching

Current Courses
  • Fall 2017, 2018: Galactic Dynamics (graduate course) (星系动力学, 32 lectures)
  • Fall 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018: Frontiers of Astrophysics (undergraduate) [天文学前沿] (32 lectures)
  • Fall 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018: Roaming between Physics and astrophysics (undergraduate) [漫游在物理和天文的交叉领域] (16 lectures)
  • Spring 2016, 2017 Discovering the Universe (undergraduate@ucas) [发现宇宙@国科大] (3 lectures)
Past PhD students, undergrads and postdocs
    PhD : Martin Smith (2000-2003; professor@SHAO); Alex Wood (PhD, 2002-2006; industry); Dandan Xu (2006-2010.1; staff@Tsinghua); Szymon Kozlowski (2004-2007; staff@Warsaw); Richard Long (2005-2009; researcher@NAOC); Sarah Bryan (2007-2010; industry); Matthew Penny (2008-2011; Sagan Fellow@Ohio State); Jian Wang (2010-2012; industry); Ling Zhu (2010-2014; a faculty at SHAO); Qiran Xia (2011-2016; banking); Hongyu Li (2014-2018; industry [Baidu AI])
    Undergrads (selected) : Benedikt Diemer (2007-2008@Manchester; PhD@Chicago, 2015; postdoc@Harvard, 2016); Weichen Wang (2015-2016; PhD@John Hopkins); Wei Zhu (2013-2014; PhD@Ohio State, postdoc@CITA); Ruizhu Chen (Jan. 2011, visiting undergrad; PhD@Stanford); Sizheng Ma (2015-2017, Tsinghua undergrad; PhD@caltech); Xiaohan Wu (2016-2017, PKU undergrad; PhD@Harvard); Luchuan Liu (2017-2018, Tsinghua; PhD@USTC)
    Postdocs (selected) : Kyu-Hyun Chae (2001-2003) (Professor, Sejong University/South Korea); Nick Rattenbury (2004-2009) (Rutherfellow, New Zealand); Zheng Zheng (2014-2017, staff@NAOC); Xiaojia Zhang (2016-2018, postdoc@Hong Kong), Yiping Shu (2015-2017, now a staff member at MPO; currently at Cambridge); Xiaolei Meng (2016.12-2018.7)
Current (or recent) students and postdocs
    Master and PhD students : Rui Guo (2013.9-); Chao Li (2014.9-); Yunpeng Jin (2014.9-); Shunsheng Li (Master, 2016.9-); Shengdong Lu (2016.9-); Li Ma (Master, 2016.9-); Weichen Zang (2017.9-); Tianjun Gan (2018.9-);
    Undergrads : Yunchong Wang (2016-, 3rd year); Xinlun Cheng (2017-, 4th year); Tianshu Wang (2016-, 3rd year); Yan Liang (2018-, 4th year, 北航); Hongjin Yang (2018-, 4th year, Xiameng)
    Postdoc and fixed-term staff : Junqiang Ge (2013-); Xiaocheng zheng (2016-); Roberto Jaimes (2018.9-)


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