Developmental Neurobiology Unit / Researcher (Postdoctral Scholar)

The position

Developmental neurobiology unit in the OIST has investigated the mechanism of vertebrate retinal development, especially neuronal diffrenetiation and neural circuit formation, using zebrafish as an animal model. Furthermore, the unit has also investigated the mechanism underlying photoreceptor degeneration and regeneration. Throughout these research projects, we will establish novel concepts that govern development of multicellular organisms and also contribute to understanding pathological processes involved in human eye diseases.

Information on our research is shown in our lab URL ( ).

About OIST

The Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University was established in 2011 to contribute to the development of science and technology worldwide and to serve as a hub of innovation in Okinawa. OIST is a dynamic new graduate university of science and technology in Okinawa Prefecture, Japan which offers a 5-year PhD program and brings together outstanding researchers from across the country and across disciplines to conduct cutting-edge scientific research.

The university is located on 85 hectares of protected forestland overlooking a beautiful shoreline and coral reefs. The campus is striking architecturally, and the facilities are outstanding. To facilitate multidisciplinary research, there are no academic departments. Outstanding resources and equipment are provided and managed to encourage easy access and collaboration.

English is the official language of the University, and the university research community is fully international, with more than 50 countries represented. OIST is rapidly gaining recognition in the worldwide academic community as a model for excellence in education and research, and our unwavering commitment to scientific and technological innovation is dedicated to generating progress that will fuel Okinawa's economic growth.


We are searching a researcher, who will investigate either of following research topics, using zebrafish as an animal model.

1) Mechanism of retinal cell differentiation and neural circuit formation

2) Molecular and cellular mechanism of photoreceptor degeneration and regeneration

3) Role of microglia in neuronal degeneration and regeneration

We appreciate application of young motivated researchers who have worked in the field of cell and developmental biology and are willing to contribute to medical therapy for human eye genetics disease.


Nishiwaki, Y. and Masai, I. (2020) Sci. Rep. 17379. doi: 10.1038/s41598-020-74360-x.

Ranawat, N. and Masai, I. (2021) eLife 10:e70550. Doi: 10.7455/eLife.70550.

Ahmed, M., Kojima, Y., and Masai, I (2022) eLife 11:e74650. Doi: 10.7455/eLife.74650.

Babu, S., Takeuchi, Y., and Masai, I (2022) eLife 11:e74611. Doi: 10.7455/eLife.74611.



Applicants should have ph.D in the field of cell biology or developmental neurobiology. phD acquisition should be done within no more than 5 years before they start to be employed by the OIST.


Knowledge and experience of genetics, histology, and molecular biology are desirable.

Compensation and 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)
Submission Documents
  1. Curriculum vitae with photograph
  2. Publication list (research papers and oral/poster presentation in scientific meetings)
  3. Brief description of your past work and short explanation of application’s reasons for applying (A4, 2 -3 pages)
  4. E-mail address of two references who can evaluate applicant quality (past or current supervisors are preferable).

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  • OIST Graduate University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action educator and employer and is committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty, students and staff. The University strongly encourages applications from underrepresented groups.
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Job Type
Starting Date
04 January 2023
Employment Term

Full-time, appointment for 1 year contract initially with 3 month probationary period (renewable within 5 years maximum)

Working Hours

Working hours: 9:00-17:30

Report To
Prof. Ichiro Masai
Job Location
Main Campus: 1919-1 Tancha, Onna-son, Kunigami-gun, Okinawa
Application Due Date
Applications will be accepted until all positions are filled.
*Application will be closed once the position is filled.
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