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Kavli Astrophysics Postdoctoral Fellowship

The Kavli Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics (KIAA) at Peking University and the Kavli Institute for the Physics and Mathematics of the Universe (Kavli IPMU) invites applications for the Kavli Astrophysics Postdoctoral Fellowship, to begin in 2018. This new, independent prize fellowship is for four years, to be split between KIAA and Kavli IPMU, and offers an annual salary of $70,000/year and research funds of $10,000 per year. This fellowship program is funded partially by the Kavli Foundation.

The Kavli Astrophysics Postdoctoral Fellowship will support outstanding postdoctoral scientists to carry out their independent research, with a preference for areas that intersect the interests of Kavli IPMU and KIAA faculty. The fellow will spend two years at Kavli IPMU and two years at KIAA, pending satisfactory performance. The Fellowship is open to all applicants who received their PhD since 1 January 2015, or who will graduate prior to their expected start date.

Kavli IPMU is an international research institute in Japan with English as its official language. The goal of the institute is to explore fundamental laws of the Universe from a synergistic perspective of mathematics, physics, and astronomy. Kavli IPMU is one of the leading institutions of the Hyper Suprime-Cam (HSC) Survey, a 300-night Subaru campaign that began in March 2014. Kavli IPMU is also leading the development of the Prime Focus Spectrograph (PFS), which will conduct a BAO, high-z galaxy, and galactic archeology survey after the completion of the HSC program. Kavli IPMU is a full member of SDSS-III and -IV and iPTF.

KIAA is located on the historic grounds of Peking University in China, has English as the working language, and regularly sponsors thematic workshops and conferences to provide a platform for national and international scientific exchanges. Astronomy at PKU includes 25 faculty, 30 postdoctoral fellows, 60 graduate students, 120 undergraduates, and many visiting scholars. KIAA has priority access to a wide range of domestic and international telescopes and to domestic supercomputing facilities.

Applicants should send a cover letter, CV, publication list, and a 3-page research plan to their preferred host institute for their first two years, with a deadline of November 30. The KIAA submissions should be sent to, and the Kavli IPMU submissions should be uploaded at Applicants should also arrange for at least three confidential letters of recommendation to be sent to the same email address or uploaded at

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