Data Scientist in S2T Unit

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Position summary:

The Shocks, Solitons & Turbulence (S2T) Unit (lead by Emile Touber) is looking for a Data Scientist to acquire, store and analyze data from portable devices (e.g. mobile phones, tablets) needed for some of the Unit research projects (e.g. traffic flows, vegetation dynamics, massively-parallel computations). The primary role of the Data Scientist is to develop a multi-platform software to acquire and process geolocation and imagery data from participating devices (e.g. running iOS, Android) using modern analysis methods (e.g. AI, ANN), database technologies (e.g. cloud) and user interactions (e.g. VR). The Data Scientist is also expected to interact with the PhD students, post-docs and interns in the Unit so as to initiate creative ways of adding value to their research data (e.g. using web technologies, machine learning). Contributions to high-impact research papers/communications is strongly encouraged.


1919‐1 Tancha, Onna‐son, Okinawa, Japan 904-0495


1. Develop data-acquisition software to run on portable devices

2. Create and manage databases

3. Develop modern data-analysis tools/frameworks

4. Interact and communicate with the user community



1. Expertise in multi-platform software developments

2. Expertise in secured database technologies

3. Expertise in data-analysis methodologies (pattern detections, machine learning)

Some knowledge of physics, mathematics, Japanese would be advantageous but is not mandatory.

Report to 

Professor Emile Touber, The Shocks, Solitons & Turbulence (S2T) Unit

Starting Date 

As early as possible

Term & Working Hours 

Term: Full-time, fixed term appointment for 3 years, renewable.

Working hours: 9:00-17:30

Compensation & Benefits 

Compensation in accordance with the OIST Employee Compensation Regulations


  • Relocation, housing and commuting allowances
  • Annual paid leave and summer holidays
  • Health insurance (Private School Mutual Aid )
  • Welfare pension insurance (kousei-nenkin)
  • Worker’s accident compensation insurance (roudousha-saigai-hoshou-hoken)

How To Apply 

Apply by emailing your Submission Documents to:

emile.touber [at]

(Please replace [at] with @ before using this email address)

Submission Documents 

  • Cover letter in English
  • Curriculum vitae in English
  • Contact details of at least two referees

Application Due Date 

Open until filled


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