Faculty Positions at Department of Astronomy, University of Science and Technology of China (USTC)

Department of Astronomy, University of Science and Technology of China invites applicants for faculty at all levels (full/associated professor, assistant professor), starting on Dec 1st, 2014.

The University of Science and Technology of China (USTC), founded in 1958, is one of the top-ranking universities in China and the only university supported by both the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) and the Chinese Ministry of Education (MOE). USTC offers internationally competitive programs in science and engineering, management and humanities. It was ranked second in Mainland China and 49th globally in the 2010-2011 Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings. Many USTC alumni have become world-renowned scientists and entrepreneurs.

Department of Astronomy, USTC aims to be the world-class department. The current research fields at the department focus on 1) cosmology, which covers the formation of large scale structure in the universe, cosmic microwave background radiation, relic gravitational waves, dark energy,as well as inflation; 2) physics of galaxies, which explores the origin and evolution of both active and normal galaxies at high redshifts as well as in the local universe, including physics of active galactic nuclei, the cosmic evolution of supermassive black holes in the center of galaxies, interplay between galaxy formation and the black hole growth, the emission line galaxies in nearby and distant universe, cosmic evolution of galaxies; 3) high energy astrophysics which emphases the radiation and physical processes of accretion onto black holes in the general relativistic frame work, the internal structure of compact objects, theoretical calculation of gravitation radiation, nuclear astrophysics, the observation of X-ray emission from AGN; 4) astronomical instrumentation. The department is developing its capability in astronomical instrumentation by collaboration with other departments in the university, and is involving actively in building of national astronomical facilities, such as LAMOST, the Antarctic telescopes and so on; 5) extra-solar planets. The department is now leading a program on searching extra-solar planets using the Lijiang 2.4m telescope via the radial velocity measurements.


USTC invites applications and nominations from outstanding scholars of all nationalities for faculty positions at all ranks with full-time or part-time arrangements.

Full-time positions include full professor/associate professor, assistant professor, and post-doctoral researcher. Candidates with remarkably strong academic backgrounds are encouraged to apply for professorship of the national recruitment programs. Part-time positions are available for world-class scholars, who will use their sabbatical time to undertake research at USTC.


Applicants should have a doctoral degree in a relevant research field with outstanding communication skills and a proven record of research excellence. Candidates are expected to develop their own research programs with internal and external funds.


Responsibilities include teaching undergraduate and graduate courses, developing and sustaining externally funded research programs, graduate student supervision, and professional/institutional services.

Introduction of the Recruitment Programs

Salaries and Benefits

The University offers competitive salaries and start-up packages (including adequate start-up research funds, ample laboratory space and research assistants) among all the “C9 League” universities of China. Benefits include spacious housing, medical insurances, pensions, etc. Professors of the specially listed programs will receive supplementary remuneration, including newly renovated office and laboratory spaces, and a highly collegial and interactive environment, as well as assistance on the establishment of a dedicated research team.

Contact Us:

Qualified applicants are invited to send a job intention letter and a curriculum vitae to: xkong@ustc.edu.cn

Mailing Address:
Prof. Xu Kong, Chair
Department of Astronomy
University of Science and Technology of China
96 Jinzhai Road, Hefei, P.R. China
Zip Code: 230026
Telephone: 86-551-63600-657
Fax: 86-551-63601-861

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