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Recruitment Announcement for Post-Doctoral Positions in Purple Mountain Observatory, Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2021(Phase I)

The Purple Mountain Observatory (PMO) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences evolves from the former Institute of Astronomy of the Academia Sinica, which was established in 1928. In 1934, the institute completed the construction of the observatory at Purple Mountain in Nanjing. In 1950, the Institute was renamed as the current. PMO is known as “The Cradle of Modern Astronomy in China” not only because it was the first China’s own modern astronomical institute, but also because it was the originator of most sub-disciplines of Chinese astronomy and the sponsor of subsequent CAS astronomical institutions. 

PMO focus on high-energy astrophysics, solar physics and space astronomical exploration technology; research on star formation through the universe and corresponding terahertz technology; artificial satellite orbital dynamics and probing methods; planetary science, ephemeral astronomy and deep space exploration; observational cosmology and galaxy formation.  

PMO’s research is grouped into four divisions: Dark Matter and Space Astronomy, Antarctic Astronomy and Radio Astronomy, Applied Celestial Mechanics and Space Object & Debris, and Planetary Sciences and Deep Space Exploration. Each division consists of research groups, observing stations, and laboratories. PMO runs four CAS Key laboratories (Radio Astronomy, Space Object and Debris Observation, Dark Matter and Space Astronomy, Planetary Sciences, respectively) and two CAS research centers (Space Object and Debris Observation and Research, Antarctic Astronomy). PMO has established eight observing stations in Delingha, Ganyu, Xuyi, Honghe, Yaoan, Qingdao, and Antarctic Dome A, respectively. PMO is in charge of the in-orbit operation of DAMPE, and manages several major modern facilities, including a 13.7m millimeter-wave telescope, a 1m wild-field Near Earth Objects Survey Telescope, a CAS observation network for space object and debris, a solar telescope, and so on. 
The center for Post-Doctoral Studies of astronomy at PMO are now recruiting post-doctors from both domestic and abroad in 2021. Young talents who would like to dedicate themselves into astronomy as a career are cordially welcome.

Post-Doctoral Recruitment Information


Recruitment direction

Professional background and other requirements




The postdoc will mainly work on any one of the three following research areas (1) Developing interferometry technique for 21-cm observation, mainly on foreground removal and quasi-redundant baseline calibration;(2)cross-correlation technique with spectroscopic survey and photometric survey; (3) general cosmology studies, including cosmic microwave background radiation and dark matter probes.

Good knowledge of cosmology, some experience in radio astronomy, and very good programming skills



Yinzhe Ma


Research on thermal physics, activity and shape/morphology evolution of comets and small icy bodies.

Research on ice composition and volatile abundance in cometary coma based on millimeter and sub-millimeter observations.

Applicants should have a Ph.D degree in planetary science, celestial mechanics, astrometry or related field, and have familiarity with study of solar system small bodies, and have published at least 2 SCI papers as the first author. Applicants with ground based astronomy observations are preferred.

Applicants should also possess strong coding capabilities using Fortran/C/Python/Matlab, as well as proficient written and oral communication skills in English.

Jianghui Ji

Yuhui Zhao


1. Galactic Archaeology, Structure of the Milky Way, Near-Field Cosmology

2. Star formationEvolution of stellar populations, Variable stars


Applicants for the positions should have a PhD in astronomy or related fields. The successful candidates will join the team in Purple Mountain Observatory and work on data reduction and analysis for the time-domain imaging surveys with the USTC-PMO 2.5 meter wide-field survey telescope (WFST). Experience in large imaging surveys and/or machine learning is desirable. The successful candidates will be expected to work in star formation, Galactic Archaeology  Galactic structure using the (public and oncoming) survey data.

Xianzhong Zhen

Fang Min

Application requirements and processes:
Qualifications for Applicants:
The applicant shall meet the following criteria:
A) Holding a PhD degree or being a PhD Candidate, and generally being under 35 years of age;  
B) Being excellent in both character and learning, being good health and having good team spirit.
c) Having a background in the related application area, having the capacity to conduct independent research, having stronger abilities of science research and innovation. 
D) National Post-Doctor Regulatory Commission has opened up a certain proportion for “the same discipline and the same research station” applicants and part-time post-doctor applicants,  PhD graduates from PMO who would like to stay for a post-doctor research shall contact the Human Resources and Education Office of PMO.
Treatments and appointment period:
A) During the post-doctor period, the salary and benefits are carried out in accordance with the relevant state policies and PMO’s regulations of post-doctor positions. 
B) Postdoctoral researchers are, in principle, required to be full-time, with a period of 2 years.
How to apply:
A) Interested applicants shall send the following electric materials entitled “Applicant name – Apply for postdoctoral position- co-advisor name” to, with a copy to their co-advisors as well. Required application documents include:
① Fill in the "Purple Mountain Astronomical Observatory Application Form for Postdoctoral Position"form (Foreigners fill in the english version);
② A research plan for post-doctoral period;
③ Copy of PhD certificate or the relevant certificates (PhD candidates should provide the relevant certificates, overseas students who got their degree abroad need to submit a certificate for studying abroad from the Chinese Embassies and a certification of doctoral degree from the Ministry of Education of China); 
④ Scan copy of ID card;
⑤ Other documents that represent the ability and academic aptitude of the applicant.
The above documents should be mailed to Ms. Lu Jin, Human Resources and Education Office, Room 402, Building 2, Purple Mountain Observatory, No. 8 Yuanhua Road, Qixia District, Nanjing, Jiangsu, China, and sent an electronic version to       
B) Qualified applicants for application will be informed by phone or email. Accepted or not, the application materials will not be returned to the applicants. 
C) Recruitment will continue until all positions are filled.
Contact information: 
Ms. Lu Jin
Tel: +86-025-83332087(office), +86-13913887483(cell)
Mail Address: Human Resources and Education Office, Room 402, Building 2, Purple Mountain Observatory, No. 10 Yuanhua Road, Qixia District, Nanjing, Jiangsu, China.
Zip Code: 210023
Purple Mountain Observatory Application Form for Postdoctoral Position