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ZHANG Jichen

ZHANG Jichen / PHY-PhD (2023)

Supervised by Prof. YAN Renbin


  • PhD student, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, 2023-present
  • B.S. in Physics with a Minor in Music, University of California Santa Barbara, 2019-2023

Research Interest

  • Observational Astronomy

Research and Professional Experience

  • Visiting Scholar, Beijing Planetarium, Beijing Academy of Science and Technology, 2023
  • Research Intern, National Astronomical Observatories of China, 2019
  • Predoctoral Fellow, Institute for Theory and Computation, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, 2018
  • Student Researcher, Department of Physics, Tsinghua University, 2016-2018
  • Selector, RISE Scholarship, Schmidt Futures, Rhodes Trust, 2022-present
  • Judge, Scientific Review Committee, Regeneron Sichuan Science Fair, 2021-present
  • Admission Interviewer, United World College China Selection Committee, 2020-present
  • Judge, Chinese National Astronomical Olympiad, 2023
  • Session Chair, American Astronomical Society 241st Meeting, 2023

Awards and Honors

  • American Astronomical Society Committee on the Status of Minorities in Astronomy Micro-Grant, 2022
  • Beijing Mayor’s Award for Young Scientist, 2018
  • Finalist, Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, 2018
  • First Award, The Awarding Program for Future Scientists, 2017
  • Bronze Medal, The 10th International Earth Science Olympiad, 2016
  • Bronze Medal, The 20th International Astronomy Olympiad, 2015
  • Bronze Medal, The 12th International Junior Science, Olympiad, 2015
  • Gold*2 Silver*2 Bronze*3 Medals, Chinese National Astronomical Olympiad, 2010-2017


  • Peng, Zixuan, Crystal L. Martin, Pierre Thibodeaux, Jichen Zhang, Weida Hu, and Yuan Li. “Using KCWI to Explore the Chemical Inhomogeneities and Evolution of J1044+0353.” The Astrophysical Journal 954, no. 2 (September 2023): 214.
  • Zhang, Jichen. “Using KCWI to Disclose the Star Formation History of a Nearby Dwarf Galaxy J1044+0353.” In American Astronomical Society Meeting Abstracts, 55:277.09. American Astronomical Society Meeting Abstracts, 2023.
  • Rui, Liming, Wenxiong Li, Zhihao Chen, Danfeng Xiang, Xiaofeng Wang, Tianmeng Zhang, Jichen Zhang, et al. “Spectroscopic Classification of MASTER OT J081506.13+381123.3 as a Type Ia Supernova.” The Astronomer’s Telegram 9984 (January 2017): 1.
  • Zhang, Jichen, and Xiuhai Zhang. Steam ironing brush. China National Intellectual Property Administration CN203065853U, filed July 10, 2012, and issued July 17, 2013.

Conference Presentations

  • Poster: American Astronomical Society 241st Meeting 2023
  • Poster: Keck Science Meeting 2022
  • Oral and Poster: Annual Meeting of the Chinese Astronomical Society 2017

Other Skills

  • Orchestral conducting