Asia Pacific Center for Theoretical Physics (APCTP)

Junior Research Group Leader


Pohang City, Korea, South

Leaders of Independent Junior Research Group (JRG) 2020-2

The Asia Pacific Center for Theoretical Physics (APCTP) opens a few positions for leaders of Independent Junior Research Group (JRG) in theoretical physics and related fields. The APCTP (, founded in 1996, is a non-governmental organization aiming for an international center dedicated to excellence in research and the training of young scientists in the Asia-Pacific region.


The aim of these positions is to strengthen the research capacity of the Center by forming new JRGs. The Center has 17 member countries and forms a research network center of the Asia Pacific region in the field of theoretical physics through various academic activities. We encourage applications in the area of theoretical physics, including but not limited to astrophysics, condensed matter physics, nuclear/hadron physics, particle physics, string theory, and statistical physics. Current JRGs at the Center can be found at the following link ( Each JRG leader will be based in Pohang, Korea where the APCTP headquarters is located, and build his/her own group as an in-house researcher with utter academic independence guaranteed. Leaders are also expected to promote and take advantage of the connection with other research institutions in the Asia Pacific region and beyond.


Funding is initially available for three years, renewable up to two additional years depending on the research performance and the availability of resources for the program. An annual gross salary, including severance pay, will start from KRW 65,000,000 depending on research experience and qualification. In addition to the salary, a rent-free house, personal office space, and research grant of KRW 80,000,000 per year along with part of relocation costs are provided. The grant can be used for hiring postdoctoral fellows and students, as well as for covering research activities. The starting date is expected to be October 1, 2020, but is negotiable. The JRG leader will also be appointed as a POSTECH Physics Department-affiliated Faculty after the process of screening.


-Application documents

1.    Submission deadline: ~Feb. 29, 2020

2.   Review by the Selection Committee

3.   Invitation to attend an on-site interview: in March (tbc)

-Interview and presentation

1.    Interview and presentation: in April (tbc)

2.    Comprehensive review by the Selection Committee

3.    Announcement of the final JRG leaders: in April (tbc)


You should apply by sending the application form which can be downloaded at the APCTP website ( via email by February 29, 2020 (UTC +09:00). You must submit with your application form:

1.    a curriculum vitae;

2.   a short description of research accomplishments with a publication list;

3.   a statement of proposed work;

4.   two letters of recommendation (reference letter), arranged to be sent directly from your referees by the same deadline.

NOTE: Each document submitted for items 1 to 4 above must be in English, and the first 3 should be combined in a single PDF file, unsigned and not encrypted.

Program Officer (Junior Research Group)

Asia Pacific Center for Theoretical Physics


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