Director of State Key Laboratory of Lunar and Planetary Sciences

Founded in 2000, the Macau University of Science and Technology (M.U.S.T.) has rapidly developed into the largest multi-disciplinary university in Macao. M.U.S.T. is ranked among the top 250 universities according to the Times Higher Education (THE) “World University Rankings 2023” . The University endeavors to educate students specialized in various fields, attaches equal importance to teaching and research, focuses on the quality of programs, pursues excellence, and has continuously reached new heights in academic development. M.U.S.T. became the first university in Macao to receive full Institutional Accreditation (IA) by the UK Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) in 2022. Sitting on Taipa with a campus of 210,000m2, the beautiful surroundings and convenient transport render the University an ideal place for students to pursue higher education and carry out research.

Addressing the needs of team strength building and research advancement, Macau University of Science and Technology sincerely invites applications for the position of Director for the State Key Laboratory of Lunar and Planetary Sciences (SKL-LPS).

SKL-LPS was founded in 2018 with approval by the Ministry of Science and Technology of China. It is the first State Key Laboratory in the field of astronomy and planetary sciences in China. Research direction of the Laboratory has been designed in close alignment with China’s strategic plan on deep space exploration. It has been participating in the country’s space exploration programmes for the Moon, Mars, asteroids, and the Jovian system. The Laboratory is positioned to be a scientific support platform for China’s outer space exploration, which also aims to build an important channel for scientific exchange between the East and West. As the only state key laboratory with planetary science as its focus, SKL-LPS is at the forefront of research in this field. Significant breakthroughs have been made in studies of internal structure, evolution, geology, surface transformations of planets and asteroids, planetary atmospheres, and space environments. Currently the research team of SKL-LPS has more than 90 members including specialists, scholars and research fellows. The group is distinctive in its multidisciplinary background, broad research experience, and international connection. Members come from first-class academic and research institutions throughout China as well as around the world.

I. Qualifications

  • PhD degree in a field relevant to lunar and planetary research.
  • Full professorship in a field closely related to planetary research.
  • Internationally recognized leader in a related discipline, e.g. planetary science, earth science, geology, physics or applied mathematics.
  • Renowned academic excellence with worldwide influence and in China; a professional role model.
  • Possessing global vision and strategic awareness.
  • Proven ability in organizing and managing research projects.
  • Strong management, interpersonal, and communication skills.
  • Proficiency in both Mandarin and English, ability to use English as working language is preferred.

II. Responsibilities

  • Fully responsible for the development planning and implementation of the Laboratory.
  • Planning development of the Laboratory and carrying out the implementation.
  • Taking charge of the administration and daily operation of the Laboratory.
  • Leading the Laboratory in team building, carrying out the designated national research projects, and producing high-quality, innovative outcomes.
  • Overseeing progress in the Laboratory’s research undertakings, advocating cross-fertilization among disciplines, organizing academic exchange and promoting the reputation of the Laboratory.
  • Performing specific research and teaching duties.

III. Application Procedure

Applicants should submit application either via online system or by email to (Please specify job no. 23000007) with the following documents as required.

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Copies of academic and professional qualification certificates
  • A description of work experience
  • Major research results, summarised to within 500 words
  • Specific visions and objectives of work if appointed
  • Full list of academic publications and research results
  • Copies of materials documenting main results of major research projects of which the applicant has been in charge or has been a major participant.
  • Other supporting documents