The Thousand Talent Program for Outstanding Young Scientists offers full-time positions for overseas Chinese engineers and scientists under the age of 40, who have shown leadership potential in academic research. It is one of the main national talent recruitment programs implemented by China’s State Administration of Foreign Expert Affairs. The program specifically requires that applicants have a doctorate from an overseas university and have experience working at an overseas university or research institute as an official employee for at least three years.
In 2013, Prof. CAI Xia, a research scientist at the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech), was selected for the Thousand Talent Program for Outstanding Young Scientists. She will continue her research career in China, at the State Key Laboratory of Space Weather, NSSC. She will also serve as co-PIfora National High-Tech R&D Program (“863 Program”) project, “High-frequency Coherent Scattering Radar in Mainland China.”
A graduate of the University of Science and Technology of China (USTC), Prof. CAI received her M.S. and Ph.D.in Atmospheric and Space Science from the University of Michigan (U-M). She subsequently worked at the Center for Space Science and Engineering Research, Virginia Tech from 2007 to 2011 as a post doctoral fellow focusing on space weather research. From 2011 to 2013, she served as a research scientist at the Center for Space Science and Engineering Research, Virginia Tech.