Postdoctoral scholar - behavioral neuroscience

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 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:

We are seeking a talented behavioral neuroscientist to join our HFSP-funded project on spatiotemporal neurochemical dynamics of behavioral flexibility in the striatum. The successful candidate should have experience in rodent behavior, ideally using head-fixed configurations, in vivo recording, fiber photometry or optogenetics. We seek someone able to contribute intellectually and work independently as a member of a well-funded team working at multiple levels of biological organization and aiming for the highest quality research output.


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


  1. Design and conduct behavioral experiments
  2. Program behavioral paradigms in virtual reality
  3. Analyze, interpret, and write up data for publication
  4. Present findings at international meetings
  5. Contribute to an inclusive, collaborative and interdisciplinary lab culture


  1. Applicants must have a PhD.
  2. Experience in behavioral studies of learning and neurobiology research
  3. Ability to design, conduct and analyze a wide variety of behavioral studies
  4. Being a dynamic, highly motivated researcher with enthusiasm to work in groups is essential.
  5. Excellent oral and written English communication skill

The candidate would ideally have a strong background in behavioral studies as reflected by publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals as appropriate to their career stage. Applicants are expected to have previous experience in mice/rat handling, stereotaxic surgery, microinjection and behavioral testing. A good knowledge of pharmacology and or/experience with imaging, optogenetics, or photometry would be highly desirable.


Report to 

Professor Jeff Wickens, Neurobiology Research Unit

Starting Date 

As early as possible (negotiable)

Term & Working Hours 

Full-time, fixed term appointment for 2 years. This contract may be renewed in accordance with OIST Regulations.

Working hours: 9:00-17:30 (Discretionary)

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:

   wickens[at]  or  ysuzuki[at]

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


or send by post to the following address:

   Wickens Unit. c/o Yukako Suzuki

   Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University

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

Submission Documents 

Please be sure your e-mail title is this so that we can track of receiving e-mails.  [Postdoc_2019_LAST NAME_FIRST NAME]

  • Curriculum vita in English (and Japanese if available)
  • Cover letter in English (and Japanese if available)
  • Names and contact information of three referees, one of which should be a previous employer
  • Summary of research interests

* Please be sure to indicate where you first saw the job advertisement.

Application Due Date 

Applications deadline will continue until the position is filled. (Applications will be screened upon arrival)


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