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Faculty Positions and Postdoc Program (Shuimu Scholar)

in Department of Earth System Science, Tsinghua University


Tsinghua University (Beijing, China), Department of Earth System Science with a focus on global change issues, an emphasis to integrate related natural science and social science disciplines, invites applications for tenure track or tenured positions at the Assistant, Associate or Full Professor level. Also, we seek young and ambitious Postdoc candidates for Shuimu Scholar Program. 


Applicants should have expertise in related fields. Successful candidates will develop independent research that complements existing strengths. Each appointee will be expected to develop a program of research in one or more of the following areas with more detailed descriptions found in


Part Ⅰ. Faculty Positions

(1) Earth System Observation

1. Land change science

Multisource Earth observation data fusion, specific land cover and land use change monitoring and modeling, driving mechanism of land change from local to the global scale, and provision of input data and modeling module for Earth system model development.

2. Theory and Application of Radiation Transmission in Earth System

The basic principles of electromagnetic radiation and the propagation process of electromagnetic waves in the earth system, remote sensing sensors and their imaging principles and applications, radiation transmission equations and parameterization schemes, etc.

(2) Earth System Processes

3. Geophysical Fluid Dynamics/Climate System Dynamics

The natural fluid behavior on the earth and other planets, the forced dissipation nonlinear system dynamics, the coupling interaction between the various layers of the earth system and the boundary layer theory, the dynamics and predictability of weather/climate extreme events, etc.

4. Atmospheric chemistry and atmospheric environment

Impact of anthropogenic activities on the atmospheric composition, atmospheric process and its coupling with earth system, interaction and co-governance of climate change and atmospheric environment.

(3) Earth System Model

5. Terrestrial biogeochemistry

Understanding the biogeochemical mechanisms of element movements and their impacts on the environment and human health. Developing biogeochemical modeling and predicting capacities in global agricultural systems, especially on carbon, nitrogen, phosphorous, and water. Evaluating environmentally safe boundaries, supporting sustainable development policymaking and global change economy.

6. Marine Biogeochemical Processes

Development and application of marine ecosystems and biogeochemical modeling; the coupling of marine biogeochemical cycles among various components in Earth system models and its impacts; response and feedback of marine biogeochemical processes to climate change.

7. Big Data for Earth System Science

Research on the theory and methods of big data integration in earth system science, the information mining and knowledge discovery of big data in earth system science, and the development and prediction of earth system models based on artificial intelligence technology.

8. Development and improvement of Earth System model

Dynamic core development for the next generation of global atmospheric and ocean models. Development of new Earth System component models, such as the ice sheet model. Coupling and feedback among different component models and scientific understanding of the working mechanism of the whole Earth system. Evaluation, diagnosis, and improvement of key physical/biogeochemical processes of the model; improve the overall model performance via identification, understanding, and better representation of these key processes.

(4) Earth System Management

9. Migration ecology of birds

Conduct research on theories and practices of ecology, behavior, and conservation of migratory birds, construct the network of field research stations for migratory birds and their habitats.


Applicants must have a Ph.D. in a field appropriate for the research area. Teaching responsibilities will include an undergraduate lecture-laboratory course or the development of a graduate course in an area consistent with the individual's area of interest and Department needs. Applicants should be at the level of Top World Rank University or Major, in earth system science. 


The appointments will be for 9 months with a salary (between 200,000 to 800,000 RMB) commensurate with experience and qualifications. Tsinghua University will provide apartments in campus, Enrolment of children. Department will support applicants to apply for projects.


Interested candidates should apply by submitting: (1) a cover letter stating research and teaching interests and job requirements, CV with a list of publications; (2) representative research papers; (3) copies of certificates for patents, current position held, and highest degree; (4) 3 letters of recommendation in English; (5) a passport-type photo. Application materials should be submitted to, telephone: 86-10-6279-9627.


Part Ⅱ. Postdoc Program -Shuimu Scholar

Applicants must fulfill the requirements: (1) Ph.D. degree from top 100 universities in World Rank University or Major. (2) Under 35 years old. (3) Ph.D. degree is obtained within last 3 years; fresh graduates are given priority. (4) Work full-time at Tsinghua University.


The annual salary is 300,000 RMB for two years. Tsinghua University will provide apartment in campus or housing subsidies of 42,000 RMB per year, state-funded housing subsidies of 1,2000 RMB per year, enrolment of children. Department will support Postdoc to apply support project.


Interested candidates should apply by submitting: (1) Shuimu Scholar Application Form(Part Ⅰ), Which can be downloaded at (2) Academic and scientific research materials (in PDF format), including Articles, monographs, patents or awards. Among them: full text is provided for articles; cover, catalog, and abstract are provided for monographs; copies of certificates are provided for patents or awards. (3) 2-3 recommendation letters (including the PhD advisor) should be sent by recommenders directly to contact email. Application materials should be submitted to before 20th April each year. Telephone: 86-10-6279-9627.


Department of Earth System Science, Tsinghua University


Earth System Science is a new multidisciplinary subject developed to study global change and it is an important scientific research field and hotspot in the world today. In order to further study both the changing laws of the Earth system and the impact of human activities on it, and to cultivate high-level talents for China and even the world to cope with global environmental change, Tsinghua University established the Earth System Science Research Center (referred to as the Geoscience Center) and the Global Change Institute in March 2009, which organize multidisciplinary research on global change issues to promote the construction and development of Earth Science. On November 30, 2016, in view of the corresponding school scale of geosciences, the Department of Earth System Science (referred to as the Department of Geosciences) was set up on the basis of the Geoscience Center.

The department aims to explore new knowledge in the fields of the earth sciences such as the atmosphere, land and sea, and related fields of physics, chemistry, biology and social economics, in order to maintain the safety of the earth's ecological environment, to contribute to the safety and sustainability of the earth's ecological environment, and to lead in the world of earth sciences.The development tasks of the department include:

  • Increase awareness and disseminate new knowledge in the interaction between the Earth system and systems, the Earth's resources and environment, and the processes of Earth system change;

  • Establish predictive capabilities for human-induced and natural environmental changes from local to global scales, and the ability to respond to environmental changes;

  • Cultivate students and educate the public on earth science and sustainable development;

  • Integrate and apply scientific knowledge to address social issues such as the sustainable use of ecological resources, the identification and prevention of potential threats to natural disasters, and the environmental consequences of human activities.

Tsinghua University has a strong Earth science discipline in history. As early as November 1928, the Department of Geography was formally established. The first department head was Weng Wenjun (1889-1971), a famous geologist and one of the founders of modern geology of China. In 1932, the department was renamed as the Department of Geosciences. It consisted of three groups: geography, geology, and meteorology. In 1946, after the Anti-Japanese War, the Southwest University ended, Tsinghua University resumed school in Peiping, and the Department of Geosciences recovered. In 1947, the original meteorological unit of the department was separated into an independent department, and in 1950, the geology unit was also separated into an independent one. In 1952, the Department of Geosciences and Department of Meteorology of Tsinghua University was transferred to Peking University, while the Department of Geology merged with the department (group) of Peking University, Beiyang University and Tangshan Railway Institute, and part of the one of Northwest University to form the Beijing Institute of Geology.

By 1952, the Department of Geosciences, Geology, and Meteorology of Tsinghua University had trained more than 200 graduates, many of whom became famous scholars and professors. According to incomplete statistics, 44 graduates have been elected as academicians of the Chinese Academy of Sciences.

2. Development Direction

The Department of Earth System Science will focus on comprehensive and systematic Earth science research on global environmental change and sustainable development issues, through the combination of Tsinghua University's existing natural sciences and social sciences, engineering science and management science. Recent development direction of the discipline is to face the scientific issues urgently needed to be strengthened in China's global change research (Xu Guanhua et al., 2010), and carry out research in five fields of Earth System Science:

  • Earth system processes, which study the laws governing the changes of the Earth system and the interaction between human activities and global changes.

  • The Earth system model, using high-performance computers to simulate the large spatial scale and time processes of the Earth system to promote the quantitative development of Earth science.

  • Earth system observations, which provide reliable and accurate data support and technical means for Earth system science research.

  • Global Change Economics, adopting new concepts, new theories and new methods combining natural science and economics to study global change issues, and providing technical and economic basis for global change decision-making with multidisciplinary ideas and comprehensive assessment methods.

  • Planet healthy, studying climate change, global warming, sea level rising, biodiversity loss, environmental pollution, and the impact of human activities such as globalization and urbanization on ecosystems and human health and its adaptation mechanisms.

3. Social Donation Plan

The department aims to be among the top 20 geoscience subjects in the world by 2020, following the world's top geoscience disciplines such as Cambridge, UK, Harvard, Princeton, California and Berkeley. In recent years, the department has produced a batch of world-class research achievements, which has gradually produced academic influence in the international school of geography. However, the department also faces many difficulties, mainly reflected in that the space of running a school and the salary of teachers cannot meet the demand of introducing world-class talents.

In order to promote the rapid and high quality development of Tsinghua geosciences and break through the bottleneck of school space and teacher compensation, the department plans to raise funds to set up the earth science talent fund and the earth science building:

(1)the earth science talent fund named by donors

To make up for the pay gap, Tsinghua university will set up the earth science talent fund named by donors, with a fund size of about 100 million yuan, realized through social donations.

(2)the earth science building named by the donor


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