Postdoc or Staff Scientist in cold Rydberg atoms, Light-Matter Interactions for Quantum Technologies Unit

The position

The Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST; see 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 a 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 facilitate 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 Light-Matter Interactions for Quantum Technologies Unit (, headed by Prof. Sile Nic Chormaic and located at OIST Graduate University, invites applications for a postdoc or staff scientist to work on an existing experimental setup on cold Rydberg atoms and optical nanofibres. The position is for a start around mid-2024. For those with significant experience post PhD, the appointment may be at the staff scientist level (fixed duration). Essential qualifications are a PhD in experimental cold atom physics, with a good publication record, and fluency in written/spoken English. The successful candidate should also have the ability to think independently, conduct novel research, and work within a team.

If interested, you must be an experimentalist, know how to work with MOT-cooled atoms and ideally have Rydberg experience. Prior experience in the integration of nano-optics in cold atom systems is advantageous (e.g. optical nanofibres). If you do not hold or hope to soon hold a PhD on experimental cold atoms, you are not eligible to apply.

OIST is a relatively new PhD-level university located on the beautiful sub-tropical island of Okinawa with excellent connections to China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and mainland Japan. Our research group is well-funded and we are a very international team. English is the language used for all official business at OIST.

Commencement date and conditions: mid-2024. The position is typically for 2 or 3 years initially (depending on experience) with further extension possible upon satisfactory progress. We offer a family relocation & benefits package, including health insurance. We offer on-site subsidised housing, on-site child care for up to 6 years old, language classes, and an active club calendar.


Candidates must have a PhD in experimental cold atom physics

Compensation and Benefits

In accordance with the OIST Employee Compensation Regulations


Submission Documents
  • A cover letter where you introduce yourself, your past research achievements and your future career goals

  • A full CV including undergraduate and postgraduate details and transcripts

  • Names and email addresses of at least 2 academic referees

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


Apply by emailing your Submission Documents to sile.nicchormaic[at]

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

Only eligible candidates with experimental cold atom experience will be responded to.

  • 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
01 June 2024
Employment Term

Full-time, fixed-term appointment for 2 or 3 years initially (depending on experience) with further extension possible upon satisfactory progress. Contract initially with a 3-month probationary period (inclusive).

Working Hours

9:00-17:30 (Discretionary)

Report To
Professor Síle Nic Chormaic
Job Location
Main Campus: 1919-1 Tancha, Onna-son, Kunigami-gun, Okinawa
Application Due Date
21 March 2024
*Application will be closed once the position is filled.

We thank all those who apply but only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.

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