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Associate Professor in School of Physics and Astronomy

Sun Yat-sen University

1.About Us

Sun Yat-sen University was founded by Dr. Sun Yat-sen and has a history of 96 years. Under the direct supervision of the Ministry of Education of the People’s Republic of China, and strongly supported by both of the Ministry and Guangdong Province, Sun Yat-sen University has developed into a modern and comprehensive university in China, which ranks at the first-class state level in the international academic renown. With the five campuses located in three cities of Guangzhou, Zhuhai and Shenzhen, and ten affiliated hospitals, the University is striving to become an international first-class university and as well as a global center of education and research.


Currently, the school has the following research groups:

(1). The TianQin Project

The TianQin Project was proposed by Jun Luo in 2014 and the goal is launch and operate the space-based gravitational wave (GW) observatory, TianQin, around 2035. The mission concept of TianQin envisions a constellation of three satellites on a geocentric orbit with radius of about 105 km. The satellites are carefully controlled to provide ultra clean and stable environment for the scientific payloads, allowing gravity to take full governance of the motion of a set of test masses and allowing laser interferometry to reach extremely high precision. In this way, the minute variation in the distance between the test masses (partially caused by gravitational waves) can be measured with inter-satellite laser interferometry.

The major sources of TianQin include the inspiral of ultra-compact Galactic binaries, the inspiral of stellar mass black holes, the extreme mass ratio inspirals, the merger of massive black holes, and possibly also GWs from the very early universe or from exotic sources such as cosmic strings. TianQin is expected to provide key information on the astrophysical history of galaxies and black holes, the dynamics of dense star clusters and galactic centers, the nature of gravity and black holes, the expansion of the universe, and possibly also the fundamental physics related to the phase transition of the universe. To achieve the scientific goals, two core technology requirements have to be met: The residual acceleration on the test masses must reach the order 1*10-15 m s-2/Hz1/2 and the noise of displacement measurement with inter-satellite laser interferometry must reach the order 1*10-12m/Hz1/2, both in the millihertz frequency range.

The TianQin Project has received significant support from both the central and the local governments. The TianQin Research Center for Gravitational Physics was established in April 2016. As of November 2019, the center has grown to have about 40 research staff (including 2 academicians), the new TianQin center building (with an area of about 38000 square meters) is scheduled to open in the middle of 2020. A new laser ranging station (equipped with a 1.2-meter telescope) for the TianQin Project has been built and has successfully ranged to all the five retro-reflectors on the Moon. The construction of a new cave lab and a ground simulation facility is currently underway. Major projects, such as the Lunar Relay Satellite Laser Ranging Experiment and the TianQin-1 experimental satellite, are also being carried out. The TianQin-1 experimental satellite has been launched on 20 December 2019, and the performance of all payloads has met (and some has exceeded) the design specifications.

Applicants with the following background are welcomed:

  • l GW science and data analysis (GW science, GW data analysis)
  • l Mission concept study of space-based GW detection (orbit and constellation design, space environmental effect evaluation, science payload formulation, astrometric application, geodetic and geophysical applications)
  • l Inertial reference technology (Inertial sensor, micro-Newton thruster, drag free control)
  • l Inter-satellite laser interferometry (ultra-precision opto-mechanical design and analysis, ultra-low noise electronics, ultra-stable optical bench, laser frequency stabilization, weak-light phase locking, inter-satellite laser beam pointing control, ultra-stable oscillator)
  • l Scientific satellite and its formation flying (Satellite system design, Dynamic and control of formation flying satellite, Drag-free and attitude and orbit control, Orbit measurement and determination of space target, Coupling integration of optic-mechanical and thermal, Super-stable structure, High precision thermal control, Integrated electronic, Precision assembly and calibration, System simulation and evaluation and so on)
  • l Lunar laser ranging/Satellite laser ranging (optical design, pulse laser technology, data processing and analysis, precision tracking and pointing control)

(2). Astronomy and Astrophysics

The astronomy department aims to develop galaxies and cosmology, stellar and planetary physics, gravitational wave multi-messenger astronomy, and astronomical techniques. We encourage outstanding scholars and young scholars with great potential in these fields to apply. Distinguished scholars in any other astronomical fields are also welcomed to join us and to build a more multi-disciplinary research environment. Currently, the astronomy department is leading the construction of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau Greater Bay Area Science Center for the Chinese Space Station Telescope. Applicants with relevant expertise will be given priority.

The astronomy department has been expanding rapidly in the past few years. Presently the astronomy department has 11 professors including a NSFC Distinguished Young Scholar, 13 associate professors, and 21 full-time research scholars and postdoctoral researchers.

(3). Theoretical Physics

The theoretical physics team is devoted to the study of fundamental problems in physics using physical principles and mathematical methods, with a significant focus on revealing the underlying laws of physics, which enable us to explain and even predict natural phenomena. The theoretical physics team covers research in all sub-fields of theoretical high energy physics. The different research directions are heavily intertwined and closely related with each other, as well as being the natural but rather essential complement to the research of the astronomy team and Tianqin team. The team has 13 teachers and researchers, including 3 professors, 5 associate professors, 5 full-time and postdoctoral researchers, and 20 graduate students.

Applicants with the following background are welcomed: cosmology, gravitational theory, quantum field theory, string theory, nuclear physics, particle physics, particle astrophysics, quantum physics, etc.

(4). Quantum Engineering and Quantum Metrology

Beyond understanding the quantum phenomena in nature, it is now possible to engineer synthetic quantum systems for accomplishing our desired tasks. Due to their robust quantum coherence and high controllability, synthetic quantum systems not only provide an excellent platform for studying fundamental scientific problems in quantum science, but also are of promising applications in quantum technology. Our team aims to characterize, manipulate and employ the exotic quantum effects in synthetic systems, such as, ultracold atoms, ultracold trapped ions, and low-dimensional quantum materials. Our research topics include many-body quantum physics, non-equilibrium quantum dynamics, topological quantum states, quantum optics, quantum simulation, and quantum metrology & sensing. The team has 3 professors, 5 associate professors, 4 research fellows, 5 postdoctoral fellows, and 22 postgraduates. We are working on both theoretical and experimental research. Now, we have established two experimental platforms: ultracold Rb atomic gas and high-resolution optical imaging, and we are establishing two other experimental platforms: ion trap and low-field NMR via atomic magnetometer. Our team is a core team for “Guangdong Provincial Key Laboratory of Quantum Metrology and Sensing”.

Applicants with the following background are welcomed: ultracold atomic gases, ultracold trapped ions, quantum simulations, quantum metrology & sensing, non-equilibrium quantum dynamics, topological quantum states, low-dimensional quantum materials, applications of machine learning in quantum engineering and precision measurements etc.

(5). Quantum Information, Measurement and Control

Quantum information, measurement and control (QIMC) research team focuses on exploring fundamental quantum physics as well as developing cutting-edge quantum information technologies based on quantum coherent and entanglement states. The faculty and research scientists/associates in the QIMC division are mainly working on atomic, molecular and optical physics and the interdisciplinary area of quantum information science and precision tests of space-time symmetry. The team is striving to develop world-class research projects in quantum simulation, quantum computing, quantum communication, and quantum control. The QIMC team consists  9 full/associate professors and full-time research faculty and postdocs, and more 14 graduate students.

Applicants with the following background are welcomed: ultracold atom quantum simulation (degenerate Fermi gas and molecules), trapped ion quantum information, Rydberg atom physics for quantum computing and sensor, quantum communication, hybrid quantum network, optical comb, quantum algorithm, and machine leaning.

(6)space science and technology

To conduct and to support experiments in space, including those of fundamental physics, astronomy, and applied physics, applicants with the following background are welcomed: microgravity fluid, precision temperature control, space science instruments, nano - scale heat transfer.

3. Qualifications

Be good at innovative thinking; has competitively strong innovative ability and great development potentials; and has made high-level and innovative professional achievements.

4.Remunerations and Benefits

  1. Salary and Benefits: The University provides generous salary, research start-up fee, talent allowance, and settlement allowance. Talents working in Zhuhai and Shenzhen campuses can enjoy subsidies of the local campuses.
  2. Housing Support: Talents can apply for the university's public rental housing. There are 1,200 new apartments in the Guangzhou campus; more than 1,000 new apartments and 1,500 new shared property houses in the Zhuhai campus; and 3,600 new talent indemnificatory apartments in the Shenzhen campus.
  3. Quality Healthcare: There are 10 SYSU affiliated hospitals that provide high-level healthcare service.
  4. Children Education: SYSU has constructed affiliated primary and secondary schools and kindergartens in Guangzhou, Zhuhai and Shenzhen campuses to provide high-quality elementary education for the children of faculty members.
  5. Employee Wellbeing: Provides "sports time"; free use of sports facilities on campus; and annual health checkup. The Zhuhai campus provides meal subsidies.


Contact Person:Ms. Liu


Tel: 0756-3668982


Location: Zhuhai - China
Salary: Competitive
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 20th February 2021
Expires: 31st March 2021
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