Postdoctoral Researcher in Synapse Biology 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.

Postdoctoral research positions are available in the Synapse Biology Unit at OIST in Okinawa, Japan ( Successful candidates will join a vibrant team studying basic principles of synaptic communication in brain circuit operations underlying animal behaviors down to exploring synaptic design in simple model networks. 


Perform research under the unit research theme and carry out other research related duties as required.


Candidates should have a PhD in neuroscience or a related discipline. Prior experience in in vitro or in vivo electrophysiology, cutting-edge microscopy, and/or extensive expertise in cell and molecular biology will be an advantage. Peer-reviewed publications in quality journals are a must. We seek researchers who are highly enthusiastic, collaborative and creative thinkers.

Compensation and 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)
Submission Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Curriculum vitae including names of 3 referees
  3. Summary of research experience to date
  4. Reasons for applying to the post (personal strengths, motivations, research perspectives, career aspirations)

How to Apply 

Apply by emailing your Submission Documents to:

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Job Type
Starting Date
As early as possible
Employment Term

The position is initially for one year and can be extended to 2 or more years based on performance and mutual agreement.

Working Hours

Working hours: Discretionary working hours

Report To
Professor Yukiko Goda
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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