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Postdoc opportunities of GW research in Taiwan

May 28, 2021

The Institute of Astronomy (IoA) at National Tsing Hua University (NTHU) invites applicants in all areas of astronomy and astrophysics for up to seven postdoc positions.  Successful applicants will carry out independent, original research and collaborate with faculty at NTHU/IoA as part of the newly-established Centre for Informatics and Computation in Astronomy (CICA).
Application Deadline: Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Applicants interested in computation and innovative data analysis methods are particularly welcome. One prestigious CICA Fellow position will be awarded to the most outstanding applicant, and the other positions are available to work with Prof. Albert Kong, Prof. Shih-Ping Lai, Prof. Kuo-Chuan Pan, Prof. Andrew Cooper, Prof. H.-Y. Karen Yang and Prof. Daniel Harsono.

The positions are funded for one year initially and can be extended up to three years if funding remains available. Research expenses, including conference/observing travel and personal computational equipment, will be supported. IoA has an in-house High Performance Computing facility and access to the Taiwania supercomputer. The working language at IoA is English, including colloquia and journal clubs. We are committed to an inclusive, supportive working environment that values equality and diversity, and strongly encourage applicants who consider their background, personal characteristics or career path to be underrepresented in academia.

Research at NTHU/IoA includes theoretical, obervational, and experimental studies of high-energy astrophysics, gravitational waves, galactic archaeology, galaxy clusters, cosmology, star & planet formation, and exoplanet physics. IoA faculty observe with Chandra, XMM, Fermi, NuSTAR, Euclid, HST, Subaru, Spitzer, SMA, JCMT and ALMA; run simulations of planet & stellar evolution, supernovae, galaxy evolution and galaxy cluster physics; and are involved in surveys including HyperSuprimeCam, DESI, ZTF, AKARI, the KAGRA gravitational wave observatory, ALMA-IMF, ALMA-eDISK, JCMT BISTRO and Transient projects, CFHT SPIRou, and Twinkle.  IoA faculty is involved in the JWST ERS program 'Ice Age' and have secured JWST GO programs. Experimental astrophysics is being performed with access to NanoSIMS, electron microscopes (SEM, TEM), and the National Synchrotron Radiation Research Center (NSRRC).  Instrumentation projects include building the Gamma-ray Transients Monitor (GTM) onboard Formosat 8B to be launched in 2024, the Compton Spectrometer and Imager (COSI) in collaboration with UC Berkeley/SSL.

Taiwan is an island nation on the Western Pacific rim with a population of 23 million. Its lively and progressive democracy is reflected in an open, liberal society, universal healthcare free at the point of need, and pride in being the first East Asian country to legalize same-sex marriage. These achievements, alongside a high quality of life, relatively low cost of living and a spectacular natural environment, make Taiwan one of the most attractive destinations for skilled expatriate workers. Hsinchu City is the heart of the world-leading semiconductor R&D industry that drives Taiwan’s innovative high-tech economy. The leafy NTHU campus is within walking distance of the city center and approximately 1 hour by public transport from the capital, Taipei. Astronomical research in Taiwan has a distinguished history of achievement and international partnerships, and is now growing at an unprecedented rate. The successful applicants will be encouraged and supported to make the most of opportunities to collaborate with colleagues across Taiwan.

Applicants should submit a CV, a publication list, a research statement, and arrange at least three reference letters to be sent to Prof. Shih-Ping Lai via email  slai(at)

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Application Deadline: Wednesday, June 16, 2021

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