Postdoctoral Researcher in Analysis and Partial Differential Equations Unit

The position

The Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology (OIST; see is a dynamic graduate university of science and technology in Okinawa Prefecture, Japan. The school is located on 85 hectares of protected forestland overlooking beautiful shorelines and coral reefs. The campus is striking architecturally, and the facilities are outstanding (OIST campus video tour). There are no academic departments, which facilitates cross-disciplinary research. Superb resources and equipment are provided and managed to encourage easy access and collaboration. English is the official language of the university, and the research community is fully international, with more than 50 countries represented. After only ten years, OIST is rapidly gaining recognition in the worldwide academic community as a model for excellence in research, education, and innovation.

Position Summary

There are two openings for the postdoctoral researcher position at the Analysis and Partial Differential Equations (PDE) unit leaded by Professor Ugur G. Abdulla. The aim of the Analysis & PDE unit is to reveal and analyze the mathematical principles reflecting natural phenomena expressed by PDEs. Research focuses on fundamental analysis of PDEs, regularity theory of elliptic and parabolic PDEs, with special emphasis on the regularity of finite boundary points and the point at , its measure-theoretical, probabilistic and topological characterization, well-posedness of PDE problems in domains with non-smooth and non-compact boundaries, global uniqueness, analysis and classification of singularities, asymptotic laws for diffusion processes, regularity theory of nonlinear degenerate and singular elliptic and parabolic PDEs, free boundary problems, optimal control of free boundary systems with distributed parameters. Current areas of interest include Potential Theory, Harmonic Analysis, Probability Theory, Functional Analysis, Calculus of Variations and Optimal Control, Optimization, Mathematical Biosciences and Quantum Biology. Some of the current research projects in Applied Mathematics include laser ablation of biomedical tissues; preventing aerodynamic stall by in-flight ice accretion in the aerospace industry; cancer detection through Electrical Impedance Tomography and optimal control theory; identification of parameters in large-scale models of systems biology; optimal control of reactive oxygen species in quantum biology.

  1. Engage in ongoing and active research
  2. Participate and contribute in the activities of the Analysis & PDE unit and OIST math group

(Required)  PhD in Mathematics

Compensation and Benefits

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
  • Cover letter in English that discusses connection with Prof. Ugur Abdulla’s research
  • Curriculum vitae in English
  • Research summary and proposal in English (up to 5 pages)
  • 3~5 Reference Letters

Apply through  or send by post to the following address: 

Analysis and Partial Differential Equations Unit,  Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University  1919-1, Onna-son, Okinawa 904-0495, Japan

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Job Type
Starting Date
As early as possible
Employment Term

Full-time 1 year contract. Contract can be renewed on a yearly basis up to a total of 3 years.

Working Hours

9:00-17:30 (Discretionary) 

Report To
Professor Ugur G. Abdulla/Analysis & PDE unit
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.