Overview of the School of Optical and Electronic Information, HUST
Huazhong University of Science and Technology (HUST) is a comprehensive university located in Wuhan, Hubei Province, a transportation hub in China. It is under the direct supervision of the Ministry of Education. On May 26, 2000, the former Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Tongji Medical University, Wuhan Urban Construction Institute, and Wuhan Science and Technology Vocational College combined to form the new HUST. It is part of China’s Project 985, Project 211, and the Double First Class University Plan. The campus covers an area of over 7,000 mu and boasts an abundance of trees, grass, and a beautiful landscape. With 72% of the campus covered in greenery, HUST is known as the "forest university". It has a comprehensive system in place to support teaching and research, along with a wide range of public service facilities.
The history of the School of Optical and Electronic Information (SOEI) can be traced back to the Optical Instrument Teaching and Research Group and the Laser Research Group of the Department of Mechanics 1 established by the former Huazhong Institute of Technology (now the Huazhong University of Science and Technology) in 1970. SOEI has been at the forefront of creating laser and optoelectronics programs in China. In the late 1990s, Professor Huang Dexiu of SOEI wrote to the authorities of Hubei Province and Wuhan City to offer his suggestions and promote the construction of "Optics Valley of China". He was known as the initiator of "Optics Valley of China, Wuhan". SOEI is responsible for the construction of “Optical Engineering”, which is classified as a first-class national key discipline. Since 2018, SOEI has consistently secured the top spot in the Shanghai Ranking for the discipline of “Optical Engineering” within China, and it has continued to uphold its dominant position within the nation. In 2017 and 2021, the discipline of "Optical Engineering" was chosen to be part of the national construction of Double First Class disciplines, in the first and second rounds, respectively. HUST proposed to build a “first-class discipline group of optoelectronic information” with a focus on optical engineering and the proposal has been approved by the Ministry of Education.
HUST is actively contributing to the national strategy and the development of the regional economy and society. It plays a critical role in nurturing talents in optoelectronic information and ensuring the successful transformation of scientific and technological advancements in “Optics Valley of China, Wuhan”. After over 50 years of growth, SOEI has become a renowned institution for training optoelectronic talents in China.
Supported by the Wuhan National Laboratory for Optoelectronics, SOEI has a number of crucial educational and scientific research bases with excellent research facilities, including the National Engineering Research Center for Laser Processing, the National Engineering Research Center of Next Generation Internet Access-system, the Collaborative Innovation Center for Optoelectronic Technology Supported by the Province and the Ministry, the Key Laboratory of Electronic Information Functional Materials, Ministry of Education, the Wuhan International Joint Laboratory for Optoelectronics, the International Joint Research Center for High Power Lasers, the International Joint Research Center for Photoelectric Conversion and Detection, the Hubei Engineering Technology Research Center for Internet of Things Access, and the Hubei Optoelectronic Testing Service Center.
SOEI has an energetic and dedicated group of faculty members, including 6 winners of the National Science Fund for Distinguished Young Scholars, 7 winners of the National Excellent Young Scientists Fund, 1 winner of the National Famous Teacher Award, 30 other national-level talents (including young scholars), 29 provincial-level talent. The school has built a solid support for talent growth and career development.
SOEI offers a bachelor's program in Optoelectronic Information Science and Engineering, as well as authorized doctoral degree programs in two first-level disciplines: Optical Engineering and Electronic Science and Technology, and authorized doctoral degree programs in two second-level disciplines: Optoelectronic Information Engineering and Physical Electronics. In addition, SOEI has postdoctoral opportunities available in two first-level disciplines: Optical Engineering and Electronic Science and Technology. In 2019, the undergraduate program for Optoelectronic Information Science and Engineering was chosen as part of China's Double Ten Thousand Plan. The school has a remarkable pool of undergraduate and graduate students, with a total of 2,500 full-time students at all levels. Among the alumni, a group of exceptional scientists, educators, entrepreneurs, and political leaders have emerged. In 2018, SOEI received the first prize of the National Teaching Achievement Award for Higher Education. In 2019, it won the title of Outstanding Group in the National Education System. And in 2023, it received the second prize of the National Teaching Achievement Award for Higher Education.
In order to fulfill the requirements of scientific research and advancements in education, SOEI currently welcomes applications from talented individuals both domestically and internationally.
Ⅰ. Fields of Recruitment
The recruitment primarily focuses on fields related to optical engineering, electronic science and technology, and other natural science disciplines. The table below presents the preferred job directions and field requirements.
Preferred Job Directions
Fields of Recruitment
Free-space optical communication, high-speed optical communication, etc.
AI for Optics
Artificial Intelligence, computational optics, AI-supported optics or electronics
Optoelectronic Chips and Integration
Optoelectronic devices, integration, circuit design and control, packaging and testing, etc.
Photoelectric Detection and Display
Infrared detection, new types of displays such as micro displays, etc.
Laser technology, optoelectronics, etc.
Quantum optics, photonics, etc.
Optical precision instruments, optoelectronics technology, etc.
RF and Microwave Technology
Antennas, filters, RF chip technology, electromagnetic metamaterials, etc.
Optoelectronic Materials and Devices
Microwave dielectric ceramic, transparent materials, photonic crystals, etc.
Piezoelectric Materials and Ultrasonic Imaging
Piezoelectric materials, piezoelectric sensing, ultrasonic imaging technology, etc.
Ⅱ. Job Opportunities and Support
1. Job Opportunities:
Leading talents, young talents, overseas outstanding young scholars, postdoctoral researchers.
2. General requirements
(1). Applicants are expected to follow the laws and rules of People’s Republic of China, act with good ethics in science, embody the values of modern scientists, support the national education policies, adhere to HUST's regulations, set a positive example for students, share knowledge and mentor students, treat students with respect and compassion, and fulfill all responsibilities of the position.
(2). Applicants are expected to hold a Ph.D. degree and typically possess educational and professional background from esteemed universities, research institutes, or related top-tier fields, both domestically and internationally.
3. Leading Talents
Leading talents who have achieved significant recognition for their accomplishments both domestically and internationally, possess a considerable level of influence both at home and abroad and have the capability to lead teams in collaborative research efforts. This includes professors and associate professors from globally-renowned universities or disciplines, as well as chief scientists or key members of internationally renowned research institutes or R&D departments of well-established global companies.
HUST will offer globally competitive salary packages, along with a comprehensive support system based on individual needs. The university will also provide scientific research assistants, access to experimental facilities, and support in forming research teams. Furthermore, HUST will allocate necessary start-up funds for research projects, and ensure basic pension insurance, healthcare, housing, visas, employment opportunities for spouses, and education for children.
4. Young Talents
Young talents who have conducted innovative research that has made a significant impact in the academic community and should demonstrate the potential to become influential academic leaders or exceptional individuals in their field. This includes associate professors, postdoctoral researchers and doctoral researchers from world-class universities or disciplines, key members of globally-renowned research institutes or R&D departments of well-established global companies, or other overseas outstanding young talents.
HUST will offer competitive salary packages and start-up funds for research projects. As per relevant policies, basic pension insurance, healthcare, housing, visa, and other necessary support will be provided. HUST will also assist in solving the issues related to spouses' jobs and children's school admissions.
5. Overseas Outstanding Young Scholars
Individuals affiliated with the SOEI of HUST who apply for and are selected in the Outstanding Young Scholars (Overseas) Program, could apply for a professor-level title through an expedited process and receive an attractive annual salary. Moreover, the government will also offer a living allowance amounting to 500,000 RMB along with research funds ranging from 1 to 3 million RMB. HUST will offer them a settlement allowance and financial support for purchasing a house, amounting to a total of 2 million RMB. This financial aid will be granted in accordance with the government's allocation policy, with a 1:1 matching ratio. They will also receive 1-2 PhD enrollment positions during the first three years of their initial employment period. Additionally, they can benefit from the support provided by provincial and municipal policies.
Please refer to prior years' policies for more information, pending an official announcement.
6. Postdoctoral Researchers
Individuals who have achieved noteworthy research outcomes with academic influence, and possess the potential to become the key contributors in the field. This includes individuals who have obtained a Ph.D. degree from top universities or disciplines within the past three years.
HUST will offer attractive salary packages. As per relevant policies, basic pension insurance, healthcare, housing, visa, and other necessary support will be provided.
Ⅲ. Required Documents
(1). Academic resume: The resume should generally include basic personal information, contact details, educational background, work experience, main research interests, published works or theses, scientific research projects you've contributed to, patents you've applied for and received, as well as awards received. The resume should be no more than 8 pages in length.
(2). Summary of academic accomplishments: A brief overview of your notable academic achievements in your research area during the last five years. Typically, it should be limited to three items and no more than three A4 sheets.
(3). Future research plan: The main goals, duties, strategies, and anticipated outcomes in scientific research, fostering talent, and providing societal support following recruitment, within a maximum of three A4 sheets.
(4). Top publications or theses: Please provide the full text of your top five publications or theses from the past five years, listed in order of significance.
(5). Relevant supporting documents: Academic certificate, diploma, etc.
Please send your application documents as e-mail attachments. The subject of the e-mail should be in the format of “applicant's name + desired job position + job direction”. The content of the e-mail should include your name and e-mail address. Contact information is provided below.
For more information, please visit us at http://english.oei.hust.edu.cn/