Hiring scramble for world’s largest telescope in remote China. When China built the world’s largest telescope, officials said it would make the country the global leader in radio astronomy. The problem is, they can’t find enough people to run it.
FallingStar7669 ： I have to say, it’s a bit surreal to hear news from China that they “can’t find enough people”.
mgescher : Reminds me of the old saying that ‘if you’re one in a million, there are 1,200 of you in China.’
LearnerPermit : As a nation/planet we might have wasted someone who spends their whole life repairing wheels on ox carts and not doing something to take us to the next level.
Andromeda321 : Honestly, unfortunately Chinese astronomy a few decades ago didn’t really exist as it now does today. This means projects like this that need a ton of expertise can’t be found locally- at best you need to compete for Chinese astronomers who likely made their careers abroad. Plus honestly in the USA we have like a few hundred folks with the relevant experience, and can’t fill a lot of really technical radio astronomy jobs either.
老实说，不幸的是，几十年前的中国天文学并不像现在这样。这意味着需要大量专业知识的这类项目无法在当地找到 – 最好的是你需要争夺那些可能在国外开展事业的中国天文学家。老实说，在美国，我们有几百人拥有相关经验，也无法填补很多真正技术性的射电天文工作。
ReverendMoist : A few years ago China was offering huge benefits packages to geoscientists (my field) to move there and establish research labs. Much of it was an attempt to recover Chinese researchers who had emigrated (brain drain). I heard of one university offering tenure, a house, and car. I don’t know how many people took the offers though. I’d imagine these telescopes are probably attempting similar offers.
OneTime_AtBandCamp : The internationally reknown experts they’re trying to attract probably don’t want to live in China long term at all – let alone the remote region where this thing is.
他们试图吸引的国际知名专家可能根本不想长期居住在中国 – 更不用说这个地方的偏远地区了。
TbonerT : They are basically trying to draw from a pool of highly-qualified Chinese radio astronomers willing to relocate to a remote region. Even in a country with that many people, it is still a very small pool of people.
spartan6222 : $1.2 million….IN CHINA. Like I get that this isn’t the best deal for forigners because China basically still controls what you can do with the cash.
HeadsUpHigh : I remember reading the job posting for the leading position when it came out. They wanted someone to come from the USA or some other country that already has experience to lead the project for a few years while training Chinese people to take over. At which point that person would be booted from it and it would turn into a Chinese-only observatory( as in required citizenship). Their requirements were so high that there where basically single-digit people in the world capable of the position, all of which in either tenure or well funded projects. They also offered ~100k$ per year. Gee, I wonder why people are not interested.
DeFex : Strange how they can spend millions building that but it’s not worth paying people a competitive wage to operate it.
akaPABLO1 : Exactly, the Chinese bought into st Helens glass for the technology that was patented, only then to relocate the factory with patent ownership to China.
High_Valyrian_ ： As a scientist myself, I can claim without a doubt that some of the shittiest and shoddiest science I’ve seen has come out of China. It seems like these guys are more interested in quantity over quality. If I were an astrophysicist instead of a medical biologist, I’d be very not interested in taking this job too.
LucidDreams27 ： In mainland China most research facilities are government funded.
SesshySiltstrider ： Of course nobody wants to work there, 007’s just going to shoot it up trying to rescue some hot russian scientist
bordercolliesforlife ： Wait so out of like 1.3 billion people hardly anyone is qualified?
jburkek ： According to the article the compensation is only 100,00 yuan (14,400 USD) per year. No way you’re going to find a lot of trained scientists who want to live in rural China for such a low salary.
Imperator-Solis ： When this was announced for building I remember people were talking about how hard it was gonna be for people to get in it
50calPeephole ： There’s always a fresh grad desperate enough to apply, it just becomes a matter of standards on China’s part.