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The LIA Origins has been renewed for the 2013-16 years by the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the CNRS.

China and France have signed in October, 22th 2008, in Beijing, an agreement to create an International Associated laboratory called "Origins" in the field of Astrophysics. Origins activities include research on the origin of the matter and energy in the Universe, origins of the galaxies and heavy elements and origins of planets including those possibly hosting life. Its main goals is to favour and support collaborations between chinese and french research teams, in both science and instrumentation.

First Newsletter of the LIA "Origins" (January 2010) including the 2010 LIA Call

Newsletter of the LIA ”Origins” (January 2010) and Calls for Proposals for Exchange Programs, Studentships, Postdoc Positions, and Visiting Programs

On December 4 2009, LIA held the first Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) Meeting (Video-Conference).

French Participants: Francois Hammer, Chantal Balkowski, Alain Omont, Charling Tao, David Valls-Gabaud,

Chinese Participants: Wu Xiang-Ping, Zhang Shuang-Nan, Liu Xiao-Wei, Jing Yi-Peng, Gao Yu, Xue Sui-Jian, Qin Bo

(1) The SAC meeting discussed allocations of resources, and the 2010 Calls.

(2) The SAC members suggested organizing a Sino-French IFU workshop in China in Spring 2010.

2. Call for Proposals for Short Exchange Visits.

The LIA may provide supports for short visits for French and Chinese researchers to visit their collaborators in the other country. For Chinese researchers visiting France, LIA China may support the international airfare and LIA France may provide local support in France, and vice versa. Applications should be submitted to the French and Chinese LIA offices respectively, for evaluation by the Scientific Committee.

The goal of the LIA is to support sino-french collaborative efforts especially in cosmology, extra-solar planets and instrumentation. Proposals should include: name, e-mail address, collaborator(s) in the other country, the nature of the proposal (visit, instrumental collaboration etc…) and its scientific justification as well as a description and justification of the financial support that is requested.

The deadline is March 15, 2010. Proposals should be sent (preferentially in English) to Qin Bo qinbo@bao.ac.cn (LIA China) for the Chinese applicants and to Laurence Gareaux laurence.gareaux@obspm.fr (LIA France) for the French applicants.

3. Call for a PhD Position in France for Young Researchers from China, Starting Autumn 2010

The LIA will provide one PhD position for 3 years for a young researcher from China to work in French labs or universities. The position can start from September 2010 (3 years).

The deadline is March 15, 2010. Applicants should send a CV, list of publications and program of research to the contact persons (on the bottom of this page). They should mention the contact person in France who could be their PhD supervisor.

4. Call for French researchers to work in China

    French coordinator of the LIA in Beijing (NAOC)

This position will be fully supported by the LIA for 2 years for a visiting scientist at NAOC (Beijing). Besides his or her scientific work, he or she will have to support the LIA for its organization including organizing visits, colloquium and prepare communications. The candidate should have at least 4 years of full research after the PhD. The salary could reach 275,000 RMB (about 30000€, 1 euro= 9.5 RMB) that is completed by a free accommodation provided by the NAOC.

    Post-doctoral position for a French young scientist to work in a Chinese laboratory

This position will be fully supported by the LIA for 2 years for a young researcher having his or her PhD. The salary could reach 150,000 RMB (1 euro= 9.5 RMB) that is completed by a free accommodation provided by the NAOC.

Deadlines for the two above positions are June, 30. Applicants should send a CV, list of publications, letter of motivation and program of research to the contact persons (on the bottom of this page). They also should mention whether or not they have already collaborations with Chinese scientists and/or knowledge of the Chinese language.

Other Calls (for information):

1. Calls for Chinese students who would like to do PhD in France:

For Chinese students who are interested in spending their PhD (or part of their PhD) in France, here are the two calls. Please note the deadlines (The CSC deadline is January 2010).

the Eiffel Doctorat grants from the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs (more for engineers)

the grants from the China Scholarship Council

2. European actions for collaborations between French and Chinese (see the information on this website)


3. Openings for French Researchers to Work in a CAS Institute.

The Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) recently launched a new program for overseas researchers to work in a CAS institute.

(1) CAS Young Research Fellowships:

The candidates should hold a PhD degree and have more than 5 years of research experience. The award is 12 months, extendable to another 12 months.

Type A: For candidates younger than 40 years old, the annual salary is 250,000 RMB (1 euro=9.5 RMB), plus a round-trip airticket.

Type B: For candidates younger than 35 years old, the annual salary is 150,000 RMB, plus a round-trip airticket.

Please note that free accommodations may also be provided by the Chinese collaborators, as additional support.

The applications will be processed twice a year. The deadlines are September 15 and March 15. Candidates should be recommended by a CAS institute. For more information, please visit http://www.bic.cas.cn/tzgg/200911/t20091112_2654081.html (in Chinese)


(2) CAS Overseas Professorships


For overseas professors (of non-Chinese origin, younger than 50 years old), the CAS award will offer 2 to 12 months visiting professorships. The award is about half a million RMB per annual for a 12-month stay (1 euro = 9.5 RMB), plus an airticket. Applications should be submitted by a CAS institute. The deadlines are September 15 and March 15 of each year.

For more information, please visit http://www.bic.cas.cn/tzgg/200906/t20090629_1867036.html (in Chinese)


4. There are also some possibilities in universities and research institutes, to be discussed case by case.


Contact persons:

  • Qin Bo (LIA China)
  • Laurence Gareaux (LIA France)

LIA Directors :

  • Xiang-Ping Wu (China)
  • Francois Hammer (France)

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