北大科维理天文与天体物理研究所办公楼修缮及改造工程启动
5月25日,北京大学科维理天文与天体物理研究所办公楼修缮及改造工程启动仪式在临湖轩举行,美国科维理基金会创始人Fred Kavli、基金会现任执行主席David Auston、挪威皇家科学院院长Jan Fridthjof Bernt和夫人、挪威驻中国大使馆公使Kjell Tormod Pettersen、《Nature》副主编Andreas Trabesinger参加了启动仪式,北京大学出席启动仪式的有许智宏校长、陈文申常务副校长、基建部莫元彬部长、教育基金会邓娅秘书长、国际合作部夏 红卫常务副部长、物理学院院长叶沿林教授、天文系系主任陈建生院士、科维理天文与天体物理研究所所长林潮教授、副所长刘晓为教授等。

中科院科维理理论物理研究所所长吴岳良、紫金山天文台研究员、中科院院士、KIAA-PKU学术顾问陆埮、上海天文台研究员景益鹏、中国建筑设计研究院副院长张琦也应邀出席了启动仪式。

北大校方介绍了科维理天文与天体物理研究所的筹办情况、研究所办公楼等硬件设施的进展情况,以及科维理基金会首批捐赠基金的运作情况。Kavli和Auston对北大科维理天文与天体物理研究所的各项进展表示满意,并对北大校领导的大力支持、各方面的积极运作表示感谢。

背景信息:

美国科维理基金会(Kavli Foundation)成立于2000年12月,由挪威出生的物理学家和工业家弗雷德o科维理(Fred Kavli)出资创立,总部设在美国加州圣巴巴拉,现任基金会执行主席为美国科学院院士、工程院院士、物理学家戴维o奥斯顿(David Auston)。科维理基金会的宗旨是"为了人类的利益致力于推动基础科学的发展",重点资助天体物理学、纳米科学和神经科学等三个基础前沿领域的研究。 自2001年12月科维理基金会首次在加州大学圣巴巴拉分校出资建立科维理理论物理研究所以来,已在美国、欧洲和中国的世界知名大学支持建立了15个科维 理研究所。研究所多由世界级大师出任所长,3位所长是诺贝尔奖得主,其他还有几位所长是美国科学院院士、美国艺术与科学院院士、英国皇家学会院士等。科维 理基金会还在上述三个领域设立了奖项以奖励取得突出成就的科学家,并且通过这些奖项来帮助提升公众对科学的认知和尊重。

2006年6月16日,北京大学许智宏校长与科维理基金会正式签署协议,建立"北京大学科维理天文与天体物理研究所"(Kavli Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics,KIAA-PKU)。2007年1月,经全球公开招聘,北京大学聘请美国艺术与科学院院士、美国加州大学圣克鲁斯分校天文系著 名理论天体物理学家林潮(Douglas D. N. C. Lin)教授担任研究所首任所长,同时聘请了5位国际著名学者担任研究所学术顾问,由美国科学院院士、著名华裔天体物理学家徐遐生(Frank Hsia-san Shu)教授任顾问委员会主席。研究所实行与国际接轨的管理运行机制并在全球公开招聘研究人员和博士后。研究所将开展有关从行星-恒星系统乃至整个宇宙不 同尺度天体结构的起源和演化的基础研究,致力于成为中国和亚太地区一个国际一流的天文与天体物理研究中心和人才培养基地,以国际最高水准推动基础科学研究 在中国的发展,并成为连接正在迅速崛起的中国与发达国家科学界的一座桥梁。

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北京大学科维理天文与天体物理研究所招聘各类研究人员与博士后
PEKING UNIVERSITY, BEIJING CHINA
 

KAVLI INSTITUTE FOR ASTRONOMY AND ASTROPHYSICS

The Kavli Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics (KIAA) at Peking University(PKU), Beijing, China invites applications for faculty at all levels and for post-doctoral fellows, starting on October 1, 2007. We seek qualified applicants in all branches of astronomy and astrophysics, with a particular emphasis on expertise in theoretical astrophysics during this first round of recruitment.

The newly established KIAA is intended to be an international center of excellence in astrophysics which promotes basic research in China with the highest international standards. The program of KIAA will focus on studies in three major areas of astrophysics: a) particle cosmology, first light and galaxy assemblage; b) star and planet formation; and c) gravitational physics and high-energy phenomena. It is designed to be a forum for global scientific exchange, an incubator for innovative projects, and a training center for international postdocs and students. Borrowing from the successful experiences of other institutions, a variety of academic activities and programs shall be organized to stimulate the research. International participation in those programs are essential and English will be the working language of the KIAA. Being a first-rate multidisciplinary university of high international standing, PKU provides a fertile environment to promote interdisciplinary interactions and a rich pool of top students in China and elsewhere. Together with colleagues in PKU's Department of Astronomy, successful candidates are expected to develop a forefront research program and to supervise promising students.

The Institute will appoint a small number of chaired professors on the basis of major scientific accomplishment or exceptional potential. We strive to attract scientists of high caliber who will provide the intellectual backbone of KIAA. Several tenure appointments will be designated for the KIAA professors. They are selected based on their scientific leadership and original contribution to their respective fields. Several additional appointments will be reserved for KIAA members with an initial term appointment of three years and renewable for an additional three-year term. The positions will be earmarked for promising young talents in emerging fields. All positions will be open to the most qualified candidates of all nationalities.

The Institute is under the leadership of its founding director, D.N.C. Lin, associate director, X.W. Liu, and coordinator J.S. Chen. An international advisory committee chaired by F.H. Shu will help the KIAA to identify its faculty appointments, make recommendation of its research directions, and review its performance.

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