Postdoctoral research fellow position in conservation science

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Institute for the Conservation of Cultural Heritage (ICCH) of Shanghai University
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Postdoctoral research fellow position in conservation science in ICCH of Shanghai University

Two postdoctoral research fellow positions are available in Prof. Xiao Ma's Group in the Institute for the Conservation of Cultural Heritage (ICCH) of Shanghai University, on the following research topics:
1. Development of new materials for conservation purposes (i.e., consolidation, grouting or cleaning materials)
2. Deterioration mechanism of cultural heritage materials (i.e., pigments, building materials)
3. Archaeological science (focused on ancient building materials)
The postdoctoral position may begin on or after September 1st, 2021, and will end August 31st, 2023 (negotiable).

If your field of interest in not listed above, other research fields are possible, please inquire with Prof. Xiao Ma before submitting the application.

1. Aged under 35, candidates should have a Ph. D (or be able to obtain a Ph. D degree before the position starts) in one of those fields: materials science, chemistry, physics, civil engineering, or other cultural heritage conservation related research fields. The degree must have been obtained within the last three years.
2. Good English written and verbal communication skills.
3. Proven record of research and writing ability.
4. Familiarity with scientific instrumentation such as FTIR, Raman, optical microscopy is preferred.
5. A strong interest in conservation science and previous experience in cultural heritage conservation science is desirable.
6. Willing to learn Chinese.

Job Responsibilities
1. Complete relevant scientific research projects
2. Assist in applying for research grants, developing research projects, assist with supervising undergraduate and graduate students, participate in laboratory management.

1. The annual salary is no less than 200,000 RMB (before tax), the specific amount to be determined through negotiation with the supervisor.
2. Support from supervisor on application for national, provincial, and municipal postdoctoral talent projects and research projects.
3. Necessary office, scientific research, and experimental conditions.

Application Procedure
A complete application consists of:
• A current curriculum vitae (including a list of publications and detailed contact information);
• A statement of research interests;
• Reprints in PDF format of publications (representative work, no more than 3);
• Transcripts of undergraduate and graduate course studies (unofficial copies are okay)
• The names and contact information for two references

Applicants are required to send all documents in their application packages electronically as PDFs, labelled last name first, followed by document title, to . In the email subject line, please write "Postdoctoral Application + your name". Formal applications and supporting materials should arrive no later than March 7th, 2021.

Qualified applicants will be notified about the interview after the preliminary selection, before March 21st, 2021.
Inquiries may be directed to Prof. Xiao Ma (

About Shanghai, Shanghai University and ICCH
Shanghai is a fast-paced, cosmopolitan city with a population of 24 million. A mix of western and eastern culture, ancient history and modern fashion, it is widely considered one of the most influential economic, technological, and cultural centers in Asia. Downtown Shanghai is a panorama of skyscrapers and food shops, which serve as the backbone for its incredible night-life and food culture.
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Shanghai University
Shanghai University (hereinafter referred to as SHU) is one of the top 40 Chinese universities, top 100 Asian universities, the premier university of Shanghai, and a member of China Project 211 Universities. It is a comprehensive university offering 82 undergraduate programs, 187 graduate programs, and 97 doctoral programs in various disciplines including science, humanities & social sciences, engineering, economics & management, art, etc.
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Institute for the Conservation of Cultural Heritage:
The Institute for the Conservation of Cultural Heritage (ICCH), Shanghai University was co-established by the National Cultural Heritage Administration of China and the Shanghai Municipal Government in 2017.
Some research interests of ICCH include scientific understanding into cultural relics of silicates, rock & soil and organic nature, deterioration mechanism of cultural relics, development of new materials and technologies for the conservation of cultural relics, etc., aiming at breakthrough in the field of science and technology development for cultural relics conservation.
ICCH is the permanent secretariat unit of Alliance for Technological Innovations of Cultural Relics along Silk Road. One Ministry of Culture and Tourism key laboratory on ancient ceramics was co-established by ICCH and Shanghai Institute of Ceramics, Chinese Academy of Sciences. The Joint Research Centre for the Protection of Fossils was co-established by ICCH and the Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology, Chinese Academy of Sciences.

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