SWUST Adds 2 More Postdoctoral Research Stations

Post Time:2023-11-07Author: Peng Jiawei/Text Gong Chongyan/CoverPoint: 10设置

Recently, the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security and the National Postdoctoral Management Committee announced the list of newly established postdoctoral research stations. Two disciplines of SWUST were approved as postdoctoral research stations, namely, Environmental Science and Engineering and Control Science and Engineering. So far, SWUST has three postdoctoral research stations in Materials Science and Engineering, Environmental Science and Engineering, and Control Science and Engineering.

The discipline of Control Science and Engineering has been granted the right to confer bachelor’s degree, master’s degree, and doctoral degree in 1978, 1998, and 2013, and became a first-class construction discipline in Sichuan Province in 2016. There are 55 faculty members in this discipline, among which 30 are doctoral supervisors. 39 are professors, 15 are associate professors, and 48 are with doctoral degree. 12 research platforms provincial and ministerial levels or above are developed as well eg.g., Sichuan Key Laboratory of Special Environment Robotics Technology and Sichuan Engineering Research Center of Industrial Autonomous and Controllable Artificial Intelligence. The academic team takes the initiative to integrate into and serve the national military-civil integration strategy and regional economic development. In the light of national strategic priorities such as “Nuclear Emergency and Nuclear Safety”, “Aeronautics and Astronautics”, “Smart Grid and Clean Energy”, and the need to modernize industrial systems,  the discipline is featured with 5 research directions e.g., Detection Technology and Automation Device, Pattern Recognition and Intelligent System, Robot Science and Engineering.

The discipline has received long-term support from Tsinghua University and University of Chinese Academy of Sciences in terms of teacher training and platform construction. In addition, in the exploration and innovative practice of regional industry-university-research mechanism, the discipline has established long-term cooperative relationships with enterprises and institutions in Mianyang such as China Academy of Engineering Physics, China Aerodynamic Research and Development Center, Changhong Group and so on. Through collaborative innovation, a large number of core technologies with good economic benefits has been developed, including adaptive intelligent inspection robot, flood energy dissipation and intelligent inspection on high dam, etc.

Relying on the institutional advantages of the university and the location advantages of Mianyang, the discipline of Environmental Science and Engineering inherits 70 years’ legacy of non-metallic geology and mining disciplines. It focuses on the coordinated development of efficient and safe exploitation and utilization of mineral resources and environmental protection, and serves the major national strategic needs such as environmental protection and ecological barrier construction in the sensitive and fragile areas in the upper reaches of the Yangtze River and Yellow River, and the green development and recycling of strategic mineral resources. Meanwhile, it researches on nuclear waste and environmental safety, solid waste treatment and resource utilization, fragile ecological environment protection and safety, comprehensive management of regional environmental pollution and other special research directions, forming a distinctive cross-fusion disciplinary characteristics. The discipline began to recruit undergraduates of environmental engineering in 1993, and obtained the master degree authorization of environmental science and engineering in 2010, and the doctoral degree authorization of environmental science and engineering in 2013, forming a complete “Undergraduate-Master-Doctor” talent cultivation system. This has provided important support for scientific research and cultivation of high-level innovative talents in the field of environmental science and engineering in China. According to the evaluation of China Science Evaluation and Research Center, the discipline ranked the top 30% of the national rankings in 2021, and the environment and ecology ranked the top 1% of the global ESI rankings in 2022. The discipline has a number of academic leaders with significant influence, forming a research team led by high-level talents with knowledge and innovation. At the same time, it also has three national teaching and research platforms such as the State Key Laboratory of Environmentally Friendly Energy Materials, and five provincial and ministerial research platforms such as the Key Laboratory of Solid Waste Treatment and Resource Utilization. In addition, the discipline targets at the ecological environmental protection of the upper reaches of the Yangtze River and Yellow River, green development and recycling of mineral resources. Major breakthroughs have been made in key technologies of simulation and regulation of dynamic characteristics of complex waters and habitat elements, evolution of travertine in world natural heritage sites and post-earthquake main landscape ecological restoration and conservation techniques. In the past three years, the discipline has undertaken 467 scientific research projects such as the National Key Research and Development Program and the Key Projects of National Natural Science Foundation of China, with an annual average of more than 35 million yuan in scientific research funding, and has been awarded the Second Prize of the National Scientific and Technological Progress, and 27 awards for teaching and science and technology at the provincial or above level.

In recent years, SWUST has continuously strengthened the construction of postdoctoral team, and the approval of the postdoctoral research station has provided a broader platform for SWUST to attract excellent talents from all over the world to work at SWUST and to cultivate high-level and innovative young talents. SWUST will keep working on cultivating high-level and innovative young talents. 

Edited by Wang Liming

Translated by Zhao Qinglu

Contributions by Human Resources Department of SWUST