Experimental Postdoc/Lab Technician Positions Biological Complexity Unit

The position

The Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST; see www.oist.jp) is a dynamic new graduate university of science and technology in Okinawa Prefecture, Japan. The university is located on 85 hectares of protected forestland overlooking beautiful shoreline and coral reefs. The campus is striking architecturally, and the facilities are outstanding (OIST campus video tour). There are no academic departments, which facilitates multidisciplinary research. 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.

Position Summary:

The Biological Complexity Unit at the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology (OIST), Japan, headed by Prof. Simone Pigolotti, is seeking to hire two outstanding experimentalists (one postdocs and one lab technician).  The research unit studies biological systems using quantitative biophysical methods. In particular, we study the dynamics of bacterial DNA replication using DNA sequencing of growing cultures. Please see our website https://groups.oist.jp/bcu/research for more information. The two positions are part of an effort to start a wet lab that will complement the unit's existing theoretical activity.

Ideal candidates should have a Ph.D. in experimental biophysics, molecular/evolutionary biology or related topics, excellent experimental skills, independence, and capacity to work in a group that combines experiments and theory. Experience in bioinformatics and in our specific research topics are added values.

Postdoctoral/technician positions are usually held for three years. OIST is an equal opportunity employer providing competitive working conditions, an international, interdisciplinary research environment in a unique location and state-of-the-art facilities.

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.

Responsibilities

To actively contribute to the start-up of the experimental activity of the Biological Complexity Unit at OIST. To carry out experimental research. To actively collaborate with the unit and participate to tis other scientific activities. To act as a mentor for junior scientists.

Qualifications

(Required)

Ph.D. in experimental biophysics, molecular/evolutionary biology or related topics, excellent experimental skills, independence, and capacity to work in a group that combines experiments and theory.

(Preferred)

Experience in bioinformatics and in our specific research topics are added values.

Compensation and Benefits

In accordance with the OIST Employee Compensation Regulations

Benefits:

Submission Documents
  • Cover letter (English)
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Brief statement of research interests
  • Two recommendation letters

How to Apply

Applicants should send a CV, a cover letter and a brief statement of research interests combined in a single PDF file to jobs.bcu@oist.jp and arrange for at least two recommendation letters to be sent. Inquiries about the position can be sent to the same address.

* Prior to the start of employment all new hires are required to successfully complete a background check. Personal information including employment history and academic background should be submitted to OIST after a conditional offer of employment

Declaration
  • 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.
  • Information provided by applicants or references will be kept confidential, documents will not be returned. All applicants will be notified regarding the status of their applications.
  • Please view OIST policy for rules on external professional activities
  • Further details about the University can be viewed on the OIST website www.oist.jp.
Job Type
Postdoc
Starting Date
As early as possible
Employment Term

Full-time, fixed term appointment for 2 years. Contract initially with 3-month probationary period (inclusive). This contract may be renewed.

Working Hours

9:00-17:30 (Discretionary)

Report To
Professor Simone Pigolotti
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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