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China Offers $1.2 Million For Someone to Operate World’s Largest Telescope

China is struggling to find a foreign applicant to run the world’s largest radio telescope, which is odd considering they’re offering to pay them more than $1.2 million for their troubles.
The Five Hundred-Meter Aperture Spherical Telescope (FAST) needs a chief scientist from abroad to oversee operations on a daily basis in its $178 million facility in the remote mountains of southwest China, but there has been trouble locating someone willing to undertake the job’s many difficulties.

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The scientific operations director would have to distribute the telescope’s time slots to different research teams inside and outside China and would have to organize FAST’s long-term scientific goals. They would also have to oversee its budget and report major discoveries to the government and the public every year.

The single-dish radio telescope is capable of picking up signals from space that were previously undetectable. Researcher Qian Lei explained in 2016 that, "The ultimate goal of FAST is to discover the laws of the development of the universe," according to the Associated Press.

Astrophysics professor Wang Tinggui from the University of Science and Technology of China in Hefei, Anhui Province, said "FAST is a portal to new discoveries. For an astronomer, running FAST could be the opportunity of a lifetime."

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WOW,sounds like there should be SOMEONE out there who would leap at this opportunity!