The Peking University (PKU) - IIASA Postdoctoral Program

Postdoctoral students wishing to develop skills, experience and expertise in systems analysis, and in international and interdisciplinary research are invited to apply for a fellowship within the PKU-IIASA Postdoctoral Program. 

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The Peking University (PKU) - IIASA Postdoctoral Program is open to applicants of all nationalities and is aimed at training highly qualified early-career postdoctoral researchers to carry out research in fields of mutual interest at both PKU and IIASA, which include but are not limited to advanced methodology, technological, economic, and environmental challenges including pollution and risk analysis, energy, ecology, and ecosystems management, and natural resources including water. 

The exact time and sequence to be spent at both institutions shall be discussed and decided between the fellow and their host supervisors at both PKU and IIASA. 

The fellows will gain first-hand experience in applying systems analysis to real-world problems and issues. The fellows will have access to a network of international collaborators, many of them with highly successful careers in their own specialized scientific areas, which can help in boosting future career prospects.

Eligibility and evaluation criteria

The fellowship is open to applicants of all nationalities who are highly qualified early-career researchers.

  • They must have received their Ph.D. no more than five years prior to the start of the appointment.
  • Due to the requirements of the Chinese National Postdoctoral Committee, candidates over the age of 35 years will not be considered and applicants holding tenure or in tenure-track faculty positions are not eligible.
  • Each applicant must identify at least one faculty member from each institution who agrees to serve as his/her host supervisor.
  • Selection is based on the academic excellence of the applicant, the quality of the proposed research project, compelling demonstration of the anticipated synergy of a joint postdoctoral project, and the commitment of the respective hosts at both institutions. The research proposal should include information on how the project will benefit from the research environments of both institutions and how the proposal interfaces the fellow’s own research interests with the research agendas pursued by PKU and IIASA. Applicants are advised to review the research section of the PKU webpage and the research section of the IIASA webpage. Communication with the relevant program representatives is strongly encouraged at the earliest possible stage, and before submitting an application.
  • IIASA does not do lab-type research and therefore has no labs. 
  • Applicants must spend their first year at PKU and second year at IIASA
  • The IIASA postdoctoral fellowship requires you to be present at IIASA; please do not apply if you need to stay away from the institute for you research, or expect IIASA to fund field research.

Application process

Applications are currently closed, please check our website for updates on a future call.

Please follow the links below to read more about the program, its eligibility and evaluation criteria, and to download the application form and quick application guide.

Applicants are requested to submit their application document as one PDF file by email simultaneously to the following four coordinators:

Mr. Fan Deshang (PKU General and Scientific Queries)
Director of Postdoctoral Affairs Office
Peking University (PKU)
E-mail address:

Ms. Xu Qian (PKU General Queries)
Postdoc Coordinator
Peking University (PKU)
E-mail address:

Ms. Aleksandra Cofala (IIASA General Queries)
Postdoc Coordinator
E-mail address:

Ms. Gui-Ying Cao (IIASA Scientific Queries)
Senior Research Scholar
Exploratory and Special Projects
E-mail address:

Important dates: 

  • Results of the 2020 call will be announced mid June 2020
  • Selected candidates will be required to start the fellowship between September and December 2020


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Last edited: 23 April 2020


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