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The Kunming Institute of Zoology (KIZ) is directly affiliated with the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS). Located at the head of the Indo-Burma biodiversity hotspot, KIZ is dedicated to research in the fields of biodiversity, evolution, conservation, and sustainable utilization of resources in southwestern China, Eastern Himalayas, and Southeast Asia.

Since its founding in 1959, KIZ has been committed to exploring the fundamental aspects of the world we live in, with a focus on genetics and evolutionary biology, primate animal models, and human disease mechanisms. It provides a fertile environment for scientific innovation and lively interactions and offers competitive reward packages and high-quality training programs for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. The institute currently has 43 laboratories and attracts postgraduate students from all around the world. It is home to several major research platforms, including the National Research Facility for Phenotypic and Genotypic Analysis of Model Animals (Primate Facility), Kunming National High-level Biosafety Primate Research Center (Level-3 Lab), and Center for Excellence in Animal Evolution and Genetics. To find out more please visit

KIZ welcomes applications for postdoctoral fellowships and graduate school placements from interested individuals of all nationalities and ethnicities with an interest in the fields of Zoology, Evolutionary Biology, Ecology, Genetics, Neurobiology, Molecular Biology, and Cell Biology, etc. Applications in the following areas are highly encouraged:

1. High-level pathogenic microorganisms and key biosafety technologies

2. Phenotypic and genotypic analysis of model animals

3. Biodiversity genomics

4. Disruptive frontier technologies and applications in the field of Life Sciences



1. Senior Principal Investigator


Candidates should have made significant contributions in relevant research fields or have an established reputation amongst peers. Research areas of interest should fit the overall research themes of the institute. Candidates should demonstrate a high degree of scientific integrity and a strong interest in collaborative research.


Approved candidates will receive full support from KIZ to establish a research team and recruit research assistants, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate students. In addition, KIZ will provide excellent research facilities, attractive start-up funds, competitive reward packages, and temporary rental accommodation and housing subsidies, etc.

2. Young Investigator

To support and provide the opportunity for doctoral graduates to fast-track independent research at the early stage of their career, applications are invited for young investigator positions in relevant research fields.


1)     Candidates should have a PhD degree.

2)     Candidates should have excellent scholastic achievements and exhibit the potential to develop into an independent scientist.

3)     Candidates should demonstrate a strong team spirit and solid research ethics.


Young investigators will be supported with the resources necessary to establish an independent research program, including start-up funds, salary and benefits, housing subsidy, and lab space. A mentorship committee of three senior investigators will provide guidance in research direction and laboratory management.

3. Postdoctoral Fellows and Graduate Students

KIZ is looking for experienced, ambitious, and self-motivated researchers to join a well-funded research laboratory within a vibrant research community. Experience in Zoology, Genetics, Molecular Biology, Cell Biology, Bioinformatics Analysis, Biostatistics, Ecology, or Evolutionary Biology is particularly desirable.


1)   Candidates should have a PhD degree.

2)   Candidates should have the ability to work independently and as a member of a collaborative team and are encouraged to carry out independent research projects.

3)   Successful candidates will show commitment to a high standard of research.

A complete application package shall include the following items:

·         Cover letter

·         CV (including date of birth and country of citizenship)

·         Research statement (a 3–6-page plan of future research)

·         Three references

KIZ endeavors to foster an exciting, positive, creative, challenging, and rewarding place to work. KIZ will provide support, cultivate talent, and reward success. Interested candidates should send their application material to


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