At 2 p.m. local time on March 20, Zhejiang Lab held a video meeting connecting participants from six countries across North America, Europe, and Asia, accelerating the implementation of its 2020 talent recruitment program. At this special ceremony, 53 high-level scientific researchers signed agreements engaging in work with the Lab, including eight principal investigators who had been working abroad and decided to return to China and work full-time at the Lab. At the ceremony, the Lab also announced two important talent recruitment policies.
Since its establishment more than two years ago, Zhejiang Lab has been dedicating its efforts to institutional innovation. With multiple revolutionary personnel management policies in aspects such as dual-position recruitment, talent mobility, professional qualification appraisal, postdoctoral researcher training, and performance evaluation, the Lab has formed its own style of talent recruitment and development, creating a favorable environment for researchers to focus on their work without being distracted.
According to Yuan Jixin, Vice President of Zhejiang Lab, more than 50% of the Lab’s researchers hold doctoral degrees, and more than 40% graduate from the world’s top 100 universities. At the signing ceremony, the Lab announced a joint talent recruitment program with Zhejiang University. The two sides will work together to recruit 100 high-level global experts. Chief Scientists, Leading Researchers, and Young Research Fellows recruited by Zhejiang Lab, once qualified, will be appointed by Zhejiang University as Qiushi Chair Professors, Qiushi Distinguished Scholars, and Research Fellows of the 100-Talent Program, respectively. Zhejiang Lab will arrange workplaces and start-up research funds for recruited talents.
In addition, at the video meeting, Zhang Yongtao, a representative from the Office of the China Postdoctoral Science Foundation (CPSF), introduced the Zhejiang Lab-CPSF Special Program, a new program included in the 2020 CPSF Special Funding Programs for Postdoctoral Candidates. Grant recipients can directly earn postdoctoral positions at Zhejiang Lab’s postdoctoral center, with equivalent amounts research funds provided by CPSF and Zhejiang Lab. In addition, appointed candidates showing excellence in the appraisal of postdoctoral research will enjoy employment preference at the Lab.