Principal Investigator Positions Available – Nano science and technology

October 19, 2022
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Job Description

The Institute of Functional Nano & Soft Materials (FUNSOM) at Soochow University is currently seeking outstanding candidates to fill Principal Investigator positions. Applications in all areas of nano science and technology are of interest, including, but not limited to:

  • Functional nanomaterials and devices;
  • Organic optoelectronic materials and devices;
  • Optical science and engineering;
  • Surface and interface science;
  • Nanobiotechnology and nanomedicine;
  • Novel characterization techniques and instrumentations;
  • Materials simulation and design, multiscale modeling and high-performance computing;
  • Electron microscopy techniques and applications.


  • A PhD or equivalent degree in Physics, Chemistry, Materials Science and Engineering, Biology, Bioengineering, or other relevant disciplines;
  • With outstanding science or engineering background and exceptional research accomplishment equivalent to or higher than the level that needed to compete for the “1000 Young Talent” program;
  • Ability to conduct innovative and collaborative research with a unique research focus;
  • Capable of teaching in English.

Employment benefits:

  • Guaranteed highly competitive pay and benefit package (on a case-by-case basis) including basic salary, housing allowance, and additional bonuses based on scientific/teaching achievements. For details, please kindly call +86-512-65880820 or email us at;
  • Handsome startup laboratory and equipment/operation fund as per research needs;
  • Free access to various kinds of research instruments in FUNSOM for the first three years;
  • Additional quota of graduate students in the first three years;
  • No teaching obligation for the first two years;
  • Two assistant positions for each principal investigator.

FUNSOM was founded at Soochow University in 2008, and is being led by the founding director Prof. Shuit-Tong Lee, an Academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. At present there are 44 principal investigators conducting interdisciplinary and innovative research in different areas of nano-science and technology, including nano-optoelectronics, nano-energy, nanobiotechnology, and nanoscale interface sciences. To date FUNSOM has received over 820M RMB ($126M) in competitive National funding from NSFC, 863, 973, and other National agencies. Based on FUNSOM, the College of Nano Science and Technology (CNST), which is focusing on undergraduate teaching, is founded in 2010. CNST is the first college to provide undergraduate education of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology in mainland China. CNST was approved as one of 17 “Pilot Colleges” by the Ministry of Education in October 2011, received the Outstanding Teaching Award in Jiangsu Province in 2017, and received the 2nd prize of National Higher Education Teaching Achievement in 2018. Based on FUNSOM and CNST, Collaborative Innovation Center of Suzhou Nano Science and Technology (NANO-CIC) was established and was chosen as one of the 14 “2011 Collaborative Innovation Center” by the Ministry of Education in April 2013. Base for Introducing of Talents of Discipline to Universities – Functional Optical Nanomaterials was selected in the National “111 Project”. Information of FUNSOM and CNST are available on the websites at  and .

Applicants should send a PDF containing a letter of application, curriculum vitae, as well as a research plan, a proposed budget, and a teaching statement to  (Tel: +86-512-65880820, Fax: +86-512-65880820). Applicants should also arrange for three letters of recommendation to be sent to the above email address. Review of applicants will begin immediately upon receipt of complete application materials.