Jilin University (JLU) “Dingxin Scholar” Program is tailored for young talents at their early academic career stage. JLU provides cutting-edge platforms, an innovation-driven environment for scientific research, and a high-quality benefit package, allowing young scholars to fully devote themselves to academic exploration and scientific innovation at the critical stage of their early career, so as to bring about original and new thoughts, theories, methodologies and techniques. Under the framework of the JLU “Dingxin Scholar” Program, the International Center of Future Science (ICFS) of JLU is actively recruiting outstanding young talents with a vision of innovation and dedication in scientific research from home and abroad.
Established in 2016, ICFS serves as a major academic window and a special talents zone of JLU led by Professor YU Jihong, the academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) and the foreign member of Academia Europaea. Focused on the newest development of international science and technology and oriented to the national major strategic demand, ICFS is dedicated to carry out scientific frontier research and applied research through international cooperation and interdisciplinary collaboration. It aims to bring out epoch-making academic thoughts and new outstanding interdisciplinary results, and strives to build a world-class center for science and innovation. ICFS is the first “International Talent Recruitment Center” co-founded by the State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs and a university and was recognized by the Ministry of Science and Technology as the National Center for International Research. ICFS has 7 research teams working on different research fields including Advanced Energy and Environmental Materials. By way of “masters + teams”, each team is co-headed by foreign chief scientists (academicians from occident countries) and Chinese chief scientists (leading talents of JLU) to tackle key challenges together.
ICFS Website: http://icfs.jlu.edu.cn/English2/Home.htm
Advanced Energy and Environmental Materials (AEEM)
AEEM research team endeavors to design advanced materials and devices to address energy and environmental challenges, especially in the fields of important petrochemical reactions, catalytic conversion of biomass, solar/electrochemical energy conversion and storage, waste water treatment, carbon capture and conversion, and exhaust gas treatment, etc. To accelerate the function-led discovery of new materials, our research features the combination of multidisciplinary methods and techniques, such as high-throughput computational methods, combinatorial experimental strategies, state-of-the-art operando characterization approaches, and big data techniques, etc. Prof. Jihong Yu of Jilin University is the chief scientist of the team.
Research Area 1: Creation of zeolitic nanoporous materials and their applications in energy, environment and other emerging areas
Supervisor: Prof. Jihong Yu, Academician of the CAS and TWAS, Foreign Member of the Academia Europaea, Vice President of Chinese Chemical Society, the Chair of Chinese Zeolite Association, the Associate Editor of Chemical Science.
Personal Homepage: http://icfs.jlu.edu.cn/info/1305/1214.htm
Requirements: PhDs in chemistry, materials science, and other interdisciplines are welcome. Successful candidates should have passion for scientific research, teamwork spirit, independent thinking and problem-solving skills. Candidates with a strong background in heterogeneous catalysis will be given prioritized consideration.
Research Area 2: Computer simulation and cheminformatics of porous functional materials
Supervisor: Prof. Yi Li, Recipient of Excellent Young Scientists Fund; Member of the Structure Commissioner of International Zeolite Association; Advisory board member of Chemical Science.
Personal Homepage: http://icfs.jlu.edu.cn/info/1305/1213.htm
Requirements: Applicants should have research background in computational chemistry, cheminformatics, or machine learning. Applicants with python programming skills are preferred.
Research Area 3: Design and synthesis of porous nanomaterials for electrochemical energy storage and conversion
Supervisor: Prof. Bu Yuan Guan
Personal Homepage: http://icfs.jlu.edu.cn/info/1305/1212.htm
Requirements: Applicants could possess the research background in chemistry, materials science, and physics. PhD graduates with relevant backgrounds in nanomaterial synthesis, polymer synthesis, theoretical calculation, and electrochemistry, will be given priority. The candidates should have strong English reading and writing skills, passion for scientific research, good communication skills, and teamwork spirit.
Research Area 4: Porous energy materials for high energy density secondary batteries
Supervisor: Prof. Ji-Jing Xu
Personal Homepage: http://icfs.jlu.edu.cn/info/1305/1216.htm
Requirements: The applicants are required with the dependably diligent status, good scientific research literacy, strong scientific interest and team cooperation spirit. The candidates should have engaged in innovative research in domestic or overseas academe and achieved significant academic results. Due to the high multi-disciplinary integration of our research field, we welcome researchers with backgrounds in theory calculation, materials science, photology, physics, and related fields. The applicants with the research background in the field of energy storage materials and theoretical computing are preferred.
Research Area 5: Porous metal–organic frameworks: design, synthesis, and applications
Supervisor: Prof. Jun-Sheng Qin, Youth Executive Editor of Chemical Research in Chinese Universities
Personal Homepage: http://icfs.jlu.edu.cn/info/1305/1211.htm
Requirements: Candidates in chemistry, materials science, and other related majors are welcome. PhDs with solid background in porous materials, nanotechnology, and catalysis will be preferred. Successful candidates should have highly motivated for scientific research, collaborative spirit.
Research Area 6: Molecular photochemical/electrochemical catalysis for energy
Supervisor: Prof. Heng Rao
Personal Homepage: http://icfs.jlu.edu.cn/info/1305/1323.htm
Requirements: The candidates must hold a doctoral degree in chemistry, material or related major. She/he should have experience in catalysis, energy, nano-material, electrochemistry, computational chemistry or related research fields. The candidates should be honest, hard-working, highly motivated for scientific research, with good interpersonal communication skills and team spirit.
Remuneration and Benefits
The salary shall be 300,000-350,000 RMB/year (pre-tax), paid on a monthly basis for two years, and the salary will be 400,000-450,000 RMB (pre-tax) if the candidate at the same time receives funding from the National Postdoctoral Program for Innovative Talents. Dingxin Scholars will be provided with well-decorated housing, as well as subsidies for heating during winter. They enjoy the privilege of the medical plan and preferential policy for their dependent children to attend kindergarten, primary and secondary schools attached to JLU. They can also apply for funds and allowances for attending top-level international conferences.
1. Applicants should hold a doctoral degree from:
a. the world top 300 universities or the top 1‰ disciplines in ESI outside China’s mainland or
b. Universities or disciplines supported by Double World-class Initiative in China.
The researchers who have obtained a doctoral degree or have been engaged in post-doctoral research in the world top scientific research teams led by Nobel Prize laureates, Turing Award winners, Fields Medal winners or academicians are also eligible for application.
2. Applicants should be under 35 years old.
3. Generally, applicants shall have obtained a doctoral degree within the last three years. Fresh PhD graduates of 2020 are given priority in consideration.
4. Applicants shall undertake to work full time as postdoctoral fellows at JLU after commencing the program.
Candidates will be assessed based on their academic achievements, research capabilities, development potential, their research proposals’ innovativeness and potential contribution to the development of the discipline.
Interested applicants should directly contact the supervisors of the AEEM research team with whom you would like to work, and send the following documents in ONE PDF file to their email addresses. (Please find above the contact to each supervisor)
1. Dingxin Scholar Program Application Form. (Appendix 1)
2. Certificates: Scanned copies of doctoral degree certificates and diplomas. Fresh PhD graduates who have not yet obtained the above-mentioned certificates shall provide scanned copies of their student ID and supporting documents issued by their university to prove their qualification for the doctoral degree.
3. Academic achievements:
a. Full-text scanned copy of doctoral degree dissertation.
b. Up to 3 documents of the following categories: published papers, monographs, patents or awards, representing the applicant’s highest level in academic research achievements. The scanned copy of full text should be provided for published papers; the scanned copy of cover, contents page and abstract should be provided for monographs; the scanned copies of certificates should be provided for patents or awards.
4. Two letters of recommendation signed and provided by applicant’s PhD supervisor and peer experts. (Appendix 2)
Chinese applicants please refer to http://icfs.jlu.edu.cn/info/1007/1594.htm
The second round of application and review
September 1st - September 15th, 2020: Submission of Application
September 16th - September 25th, 2020: Screening by JLU Schools or Colleges
October - November, 2020: Selection and Final Results Announcement by JLU
Years between age 28 and 35 are the most valuable period for your career development. What you hope for the most is a stage where you can show your talent, and what you crave the most is a platform for career development that understands your needs and is willing to support you with no reservation. All that can be found here. Here we base everything on academics, prioritize the talent pool and focus on development. Here you can partner with academic giants to contribute to great causes and seek a promising future.
ICFS looks forward to having you onboard!