Postdoctoral researcher position in pi-Conjugated Polymers 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:

We are searching for a researcher, who will be involved in the p-conjugated polymer synthesis for a number of applications including using materials in field-effect transistors, mixed ionic/electronic conductors, and stretchable electronics.

Unit summary:

The broad objective of the research in this unit is to develop synthetic strategies for p-conjugated polymer synthesis and to use the polymers in a number of applications. We focus on developing structure-property relationships as well as developing more environmentally benign methods to synthesize p-conjugated polymers.


1. Ph.D. in chemistry or related field
2. Experience in pi-conjugated polymer synthesis

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

1. CV
2. 3-page research summary
3. Two recommendation letters

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Job Type
Starting Date
As early as possible
Employment Term

Term: Full-time, fixed-term appointment for 2 years. Contract initially with a 3-month probationary period (inclusive). This contract may be renewed up to total of three years.

Working Hours

9:00-17:30 (Discretionary)

Report To
Prof. Christine Luscombe
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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