Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Tsung-Dao Lee Institute

Position ID:SJTU-Tsung-Dao Lee Institute-FPA [#25919]
Position Title: Faculty Position in Astrophysics (all areas), T.D.Lee Institute, SJTU
Position Type:Tenured/Tenure-track faculty
Position Location:Shanghai, Shanghai 200240, China [map] sort by distance
Subject Area: Astronomy / Astrophysics
Appl Deadline:2023/12/15 11:59PMhelp popup (posted 2023/09/26, updated 2023/09/25, listed until 2024/08/30)
Position Description:    

The Tsung-Dao Lee Institute (TDLI) of Shanghai Jiao Tong University ( invites applications for several tenure-track positions (“Fellows”) in astrophysics. We are seeking candidates in all areas, from stars and exoplanets, gravitational waves/time-domain astronomy to particle astrophysics and cosmology, and from theoretical and observational astronomy to instrumental/laboratory astrophysics. Candidates with observational and/or instrumental experiences are particularly encouraged to apply. Exceptional candidates may be considered for tenured positions (“Senior fellows” or “T-D. Lee Professors”).

The Fellows at TDLI are expected to carry out independent forefront research and supervise students (both Ph.D. and undergraduate students). They will have a reduced teaching load compared to typical university faculty. The positions are open to researchers of all nationalities, and will provide internationally competitive salary, housing subsidy, and start-up funds. The nominal start date is September 2024, but can be flexible.

TDLI is a national research institute, with Prof. Tsung-Dao Lee (Nobel Prize in Physics 1957) as the Honorary Director and Prof. Frank Wilczek (Nobel Prize in Physics 2004) as the Founding Director (and the current Chief Scientist). The current Director is Prof. Jie Zhang, the former President of Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU). TDLI supports research in high energy physics, astrophysics and quantum physics, and aims to become a top physics and astronomy research institute in the world. SJTU is the contractor and trustee of TDLI and is in charge of the operation of TDLI. TDLI has an internationalized environment with English as its working language.

TDLI has an active visitor’s program, and organizes many topical workshops and conferences each year to create a scientifically stimulating environment (e.g. ). The astrophysics division currently has active research in high-energy/relativistic astrophysics, exoplanets and laboratory (plasma) astrophysics. The division works closely with the department of Astronomy (DoA) at SJTU (, which currently has an active extragalactic/cosmology research program. The TDLI astronomy division also works with its particle physics division, on particle astrophysics, dark matter search and other frontiers in fundamental physics. TDLI is building an array of meter-sized telescopes for exoplanets, time-domain science and cosmology. Faculty at TDLI has ample computational resources.

Applicants should submit their applications at They should upload a cover letter, curriculum vitae (including a publication list), a research and teaching statement (total of four-page maximum). At least three reference letters should be submitted online at the same website. For other inquires please send an email to

For full consideration, all application material should be received before December 15, 2023. The search will remain open until the positions are filled. Applicants who plan to attend the 32nd Texas symposium on Relativistic Astrophysics in Shanghai are encouraged to submit applications by Dec 1, 2023.

Note that TDLI-Astro (this search) is coordinating with the ongoing faculty search at DoA of SJTU. Applicants to the TDLI-Astro positions will be automatically considered for the DoA positions and vice versa.

Included Benefits: The position comprises comprehensive university benefit packages for faculty, including generous housing subsidies, medical insurance and retirement benefits.

Application Materials Required:
Submit the following items online at this website to complete your application:
And anything else requested in the position description.

Further Info:
email address
No.520,ShengRong Road, Tsung-Dao Lee Institute, Pudong New District, Shanghai, China