Professor ZHANG Jie, a prominent scientist for his pioneering contribution in laser-plasma physics and high field physics, is the Vice President of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) and the Secretary of the Party Committee of UCAS.

He is an Academician of CAS, foreign associate of American National Academy of Sciences (NAS), member of Germany Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, Foreign member of Royal Academy of Engineering (FREng) and Fellow of the Third World Academy of Sciences (TWAS). He was elected as an Alternate Member of the 17th and 18th Central Committee of Chinese Communist Party in 2007 and 2012 respectively.

He received Ph.D. degree in 1988 from the Institute of Physics, CAS. From 1989 to 1998, he first worked at Max-Planck-Institute for Quantenoptik in Germany, then the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory and Oxford University in the UK. He became the deputy Director of the Institute of Physics, CAS in 1999 and then Director General of the Bureau of Basic Sciences, CAS in 2003. From 2006 to 2017, he served as the 39th President of Shanghai Jiao Tong University.

His research has been recognized by the American Nuclear Society with Edward Teller Medal in 2015; by TWAS with the 2007 TWAS Prize in Physics; by the Chinese State Council with the State Natural Sciences Prize in 2006; by the Hong Kong Ho-Leung-Ho-Lee Foundation with the award of the Science and Technology Progress Award in 2006; by the Overseas Chinese Physical Society (USA) with the 2004 Achievement in Asia Award; by the Chinese Physical Society with the 2003 CPS Rao Yutai Award in Physics; by the Chinese Optical Society with the 2002 COS Wang Daheng Award in Optics; by the Hong Kong Qiushi Foundation with the Qiushi Award for Outstanding Young Scientists in 1999; by the State Council of China with the National Award for Outstanding Young Scientists in 1998.