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Call for 2019 Doctoral Programs of Xinjiang Astronomical Observatory (XAO) for International Students

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Founded in 1957, the Xinjiang Astronomical Observatory (XAO) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) has developed from a single-satellite observatory into an important and comprehensive astronomical research organization in the past few decades. XAO’s current research comprises radio astronomy, optical astronomy and astronomical applications, covering such areas as pulsars, star formation and evolution, galaxies and cosmology, high-energy astrophysics, microwave receivers, digital technology, GPS, and so on.  The Radio Astrophysical Laboratory of XAO, which is one of CAS’s key radio astronomy laboratorieswas also named a key laboratory of the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region. 

XAO also has three sites in Nanshan, Kashgar and Qitai, and two other independent ground stations, equipped with a 25-m radio telescope,13m Angular Radio Telescope, and 1-m, 1.2-m optical telescope, etc., which provide enough power to astronomy tasks of China. In addition, a large fully-steerable single-dish radio telescope (110-m in diameter), known as the Qitai Radio Telescope (QTT) will be built in Qitai County, Xinjiang, the key technique and related work have made significant progress. XAO has built estimate relationship with many universities and scientific institution as well, such as Peking University, Nanjing University. Meanwhile, International collaboration is an important channel for XAO to promote the development of astronomy, astrophysics and other related fields in science. XAO has already established friendly relationship with many international organizations, like USA, Australia and Germany.  

XAO recruits academic postgraduates for two majors, "Astrophysics" and "Astronomical Technology and Methods". It is suitable for graduates who majored in astronomy, physics, mathematics, chemistry, optics, machinery, microelectronics, computer, information and automatic control. The details of the study field of two majors are shown in the chart below. 



Study Field 



Active galactic nuclei 

Star Formation and Evolution 

Optical Physics 

Astronomical Technology and Methods 

Key Technology Research on Steerable Aperture Ratio Telescope 

Optical Astronomy 


More information can be found at the attachments.  

Unit code80166                                     


Department: Postgraduate admission office            

Contacts: Mr. WANG 

Tel: 0991-3689373                                    


Address: 150 Science 1 Street, Xinshiqu, Urumqi, Xinjiang Province

Postcode: 830011

(Editor: ZHANG Nannan)

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