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Overseas Talent, Embarking on a New Journey Together at Tianjin University

Tianjin University (TJU)
Tianjin, China
This will be evaluated case by case.
Closing date
30 May 2024

Job Details

We cordially invite outstanding young individuals from overseas to apply for the Excellent Young Scientists Fund Program (Overseas) via Tianjin University.

Achieving Greatness Together at Tianjin University.
"One-on-One, crafting teams with unity in view,
One-on-One, academic mentors join to ensue,
One-on-One, tailored guidance, precise and true."

Program Introduction

The National Natural Science Foundation of China (hereinafter referred to as the NSFC) will continue to implement the National Natural Science Foundation Excellent Young Scientists Fund Program (Overseas) in 2024, referred to as "Overseas Outstanding Youth".
Since its establishment in 2021, it aims to attract and encourage outstanding young scholars from overseas who have achieved good results in natural sciences, engineering, and other fields to return to China or foreign talents to work in China. They autonomously choose research directions to conduct innovative research, promote the rapid growth of young scientific and technological talents, cultivate a group of outstanding academic backbones expected to enter the forefront of world science and technology, and contribute to the construction of a technologically strong country.

The deadline for project applications this year is April 15, 2024.

University Introduction

Tianjin University is a comprehensive university with a strong emphasis on engineering, combined with science, commerce, management, literature, law, medicine, education, art and other multi-disciplinary coordinated development and owns globally influential research centers. Tianjin University, formerly known as Peiyang University, is China's first modern university, with Weijin Road Campus, Peiyang Park Campus, Binhai Industrial Research Institute Campus, Fuzhou International Campus, and Georgia Tech Shenzhen College. As the leader of the National New Engineering Construction Workgroup, it has proposed the new engineering "Tianjin Action", released the new engineering construction "Tianjin Scheme" for the first time in the country and iteratively updated it, leading the construction of the "New Engineering Education International Alliance" and the "National New Engineering Education Innovation Center", assisting in the national scientific and technological construction, and approved the construction of a series of major national scientific and technological infrastructure.


Application Criteria

1. Applicants for the Excellent Young Scientists Fund Program (Overseas) should meet the following criteria:

  1. Comply with the laws and regulations of the People's Republic of China, possess good scientific ethics, and conscientiously embody the spirit of scientists in the new era.
  2. Born on or after January 1st , 1984.
  3. Hold a doctoral degree.
  4. The main research focus shall cover natural sciences, engineering, and related fields.
  5. Between obtaining a doctoral degree and before April 15, 2024, the applicant is generally expected to have held a formal teaching or research position at an overseas university, research institution, or corporate R&D institution, with a continuous work experience of at least 36 months. For those who have obtained a doctoral degree overseas with outstanding achievements, the work experience requirement may be appropriately relaxed.
  6. Have acquired research or technical achievements recognized by peers, and possess the potential to become an academic leader or outstanding talent in the field.
  7. Applicants who have not yet returned to work in China full-time or who returned to work in China on or after January 1, 2023, must resign from their overseas positions or have no employment overseas upon receiving the funding notification. After receiving the funding notification, the recipient must resign from overseas work and return to China to work full-time for at least 3 years.

2. Restrictive Requirements

Adhere to the requirements of central authorities regarding the coordinated integration of national science and technology talent plans. Individuals at the same level of the national science and technology talent plan can only undertake one project and are not allowed to apply for projects at a lower level.


Detailed project guidelines can be found at:



Worry-free Onboarding

  1. Appointment Position: Senior position is offered on the public institution system of contractual employment.
  2. Compensation Package: An annual pre-tax income of approximately 690,000 RMB (excluding around 80,000 RMB in insurance contributions from the institution), with additional research performance bonuses (indirect expenses from vertically funded research projects allocated for performance expenditures). Enjoy exclusive tax incentives and special subsidies provided by Tianjin Municipality.
  3. Research Funding: 2-6 million RMB (on the basis of national funding, the university provides a 1:1 matching fund support).
  4. Settlement Allowance: 2 million RMB (including subsidies from both national and Tianjin authorities).
  5. Team Support: During the initial contract period, one Ph.D. quota and three master's quotas are provided annually, with the support of the university to recruit one assistant.
  6. Children's Education: The university has high-quality affiliated kindergartens, primary school, and secondary school.
  7. Housing and Healthcare: The university would provide a certain number of transitional housing units for incoming talents at both the Peiyangyuan campus and Weijin Road campus. These campuses are well-equipped with surrounding facilities, with direct subway access at Peiyangyuan campus. Additionally, there are Tianjin's directly affiliated hospitals and medical centers nearby, including Tianjin University TEDA Hospital, Taida International Cardiovascular Disease Hospital, Jinnan Hospital, Xincheng Hospital, Aier Eye Hospital, Tianjin Hospital, Haihe Hospital, Children's Hospital, Chest Hospital, etc., dedicated to providing convenient living conditions for faculty.
  8. Rich Educational Resources in Tianjin: Tianjin boasts abundant high-quality educational resources and is one of the four cities in China with independently designed college entrance exams. The acceptance rates for junior high school to high school, undergraduate admissions, and admissions to 985 universities are leading among provinces nationwide, earning the reputation as one of the "easiest places" for pursuing higher education.
  9. Other Advantages: Assistance in addressing spouse's employment issues.


It would be appreciated if you could consolidate a detailed personal resume, including personal information, contact details, academic and professional experience, major academic achievements, research project involvement, list of published articles, patents, and awards, into a single PDF document. Name the file "Name + School/Department (or Discipline)" and send it to the respective school/department contacts (as listed in the appendix). Additionally, cc to the High-level Talent Office of Tianjin University's Personnel Department at the designated email address ( Please indicate "Application for 2024 Excellent Young Scientists Fund Program(Overseas) " in the email subject.


Contact Information

Contact Information for Each School can be found in the PDF file.

Office of High-Level Talents, Human Resources Department

Contact: Ms. Zhang




Introduction to Tianjin University

Tianjin University is the first modern university in China, with campuses at Weijin Road, Beiyang Garden, Binhai Industrial Research Institute, Fuzhou International Campus, and the Georgia Tech Shenzhen Campus. As a low-key and pragmatic prestigious institution, it has witnessed the development trajectory of modern higher education in China, embodying the spirit of innovation and excellence.

Since its establishment in 1895, Tianjin University has consistently aligned itself with the nation's aspirations, responding to the mission of "strengthening the country through education" in each new era. Guided by the principles of outstanding education, the university has nurtured numerous outstanding talents, making significant contributions to the prosperity and progress of the nation.

After weathering a century of challenges, Tianjin University has evolved into a high-level research university with a robust faculty, distinctive academic features, top-tier educational quality, and research standards that rank among the best domestically, exerting considerable influence on the international stage.

Here, renowned experts gather, and virtuous individuals converge.

As a powerful support for talent cultivation, the university boasts a dynamic and experienced team of teachers, involving a great deal of outstanding talents from academia and top experts from the industrial sector.

Here, the disciplines excel, and the strength is substantial.

The latest 2023 China Subject Ranking results released by Times Higher Education (THE) on March 29th reveal that among all mainland Chinese universities, Tianjin University has a total of 58 selected disciplines, gaining the second in the rankings.

During the same period, QS also released its 13th World University Subject Rankings. Tianjin University continues to shine with a total of 14 disciplines making the list, among which Architecture and Built Environment ranked 30th globally.

Furthermore, the university has consistently adhered to the development philosophy of "strengthening engineering, emphasizing sciences, revitalizing humanities, and promoting medical sciences", all of which have directed to the establishment of a comprehensive disciplinary layout where engineering holds a prominent advantage, and the integration of science and engineering is balanced. The university's diverse disciplines, including economics, management, humanities, law, medicine, education, and arts, have coordinated development.

  • Currently, there are 47 master's degree programs in primary disciplines, 33 doctoral programs in primary disciplines, and 38 postdoctoral research stations.
  • "Double First Class" construction disciplines consist of  Chemistry, Materials Science and Engineering, Power Engineering and Engineering Thermophysics, Chemical Engineering and Technology, and Management Science and Engineering.
  • 14 disciplines are ranked in the top 1% and 4 disciplines are in the top 1‰ according to ESI.

The continuous improvement of the level of disciplinary construction at Tianjin University is inseparable from the guaranteed support of national research funding. In 2022, Tianjin University received a total of over 4.2 billion RMB in actual science and technology funding, setting a new record compared to previous years. The university secured approval for 25 projects under the National Key Research and Development Program, 379 projects under the National Natural Science Foundation, and 4 major and key projects funded by the National Social Science Fund. This substantial financial support has propelled the university's research towards higher-quality development. From 2015 to 2020, Tianjin University has won a total of 26 national awards.

Here, the platforms are top-notch, and the research is cutting-edge.

A solid disciplinary foundation underpins top-notch platforms. Research platforms serve as crucial engines for technological innovation. Tianjin University boasts first-rate experimental facilities and research platforms that span various disciplinary fields.

National Key Laboratories (4):

State Key Laboratory of Engine Combustion

State Key Laboratory of Chemical Engineering

State Key Laboratory of Precision Measurement Technology and Instruments

State Key Laboratory of Hydraulic Engineering Simulation and Safety

Ministry of Education Key Laboratories (10):

Key Laboratory of Advanced Ceramics and Processing Technology

Key Laboratory of Optoelectronic Information Technology

Key Laboratory of Intelligent Power Grid

Key Laboratory of Green Synthesis and Transformation

Key Laboratory of Systems Bioengineering

Key Laboratory of Structural Theory and Equipment Design

Key Laboratory of Efficient Utilization of Medium and Low Temperature Thermal Energy

Key Laboratory of Coastal Civil Engineering Structure and Safety

Key Laboratory of Organic Integrated Circuits

Key Laboratory of Complex Management Systems

Philosophy and Social Science Laboratory of the Ministry of Education

Tianjin Municipal Key Laboratories (33)

Existing Major Research Platforms:

National Major Scientific and Technological Infrastructure (1)

"2011" Collaborative Innovation Center (1)

National Applied Mathematics Center (1)

Ministry of Education Frontier Science Center (1)

National Field Scientific Observation Research Station (1)

National Energy Storage Technology Collaborative Innovation Platform (1)

National International Science and Technology Cooperation Base (3)

National Engineering (Technology) Research Center (3)

Ministry of Education Engineering Research Center (7)

Tianjin Municipal Engineering (Research) Center (26)

Provincial and ministerial-level humanities and social science research bases (28)


In October 2019, a major construction was officially initiated on a large-scale seismic engineering simulation research facility for a National Major Scientific and Technological Infrastructure.

The university has been approved to construct the Frontiers Science Center in Synthetic Biology, one of the first seven frontier science centers approved by the Ministry of Education in October 2019.

Ranging from national key laboratories to engineering technology research centers, from innovation and entrepreneurship bases to science and technology demonstration zones, Tianjin University has been providing comprehensive support and assurance for talents. The university also actively promotes academic exchanges and cooperation, establishing extensive partnerships with leading international universities and research institutions, offering research teams and individuals a broader platform and opportunities for development.

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