Postdoctoral Researchers Energy Materials and Surface Science

The Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST) will become a model for change in education and research with the best international graduate students, working side by side with world-class faculty in modern well-equipped laboratories. Beautifully situated on the island of Okinawa, OIST relies on a cross-disciplinary approach, with an emphasis on creativity and exchange, to offer unique, individualized graduate training. OIST is a university with no departments, eliminating artificial barriers between people working in different fields, but many nationalities, with students and faculty being attracted from all over the world. Concentrating initially on Neuroscience, Molecular Sciences, Mathematical Sciences, Environmental and Ecological Sciences and Physical Sciences, OIST is bringing some of the best brains in the world to Okinawa to transform the way science and education is done in the global academic world. There are multiple openings for Postdoctoral Researchers in the Energy Materials and Surface Sciences (EMSS) unit of OIST.


Onna-son, Okinawa, Japan


Challenges associated with energy supply and global warming have raised public awareness of the need for alternative “green” energy supplies. Substantial research efforts have been directed towards efficient and cost-effective energy harvesting devices. Many studies have shown that surfaces and interfaces are of paramount importance in such devices. Here in the Energy Materials and Surface Sciences (EMSS) unit, we are making concerted efforts to investigate relevant surfaces and interfaces with advanced experimental techniques such as scanning probe microscopy, photoemission spectroscopy, charge transport measurements etc. The ultimate goal is two-fold: (1) a molecular level understanding of structure-property relationship in organic and inorganic nanomaterials; and (2) organic electronics with emphasis on energy materials and devices. More information can be found from


Applicants are required to have a doctoral degree in physics, materials science and engineering, chemistry, electrical engineering, or a related field. Research experience in the general field of surface science or organic electronics is preferred. It is highly desirable to have extensive experience in using one or more of the following techniques: Scanning Tunneling Microscopy, Atomic Force Microscopy, Self Assembled Monolayers, the Langmuir-Blodgett Technique, Ultraviolet Photoemission Spectroscopy, X-ray Photoemission Spectroscopy, Charge Transport Measurement, Device Fabrication and Characterization.


Successful candidates can expect competitive salary and extensive benefits. A housing allowance will be provided. Located at the heart of Asia (2-hour flight to Shanghai, 2 hour 15 min flight to Seoul, 2 hour 20 min flight to Tokyo), OIST anticipates efficient academic collaborations. Based on such considerations, conference allowance is provided twice a year to present research findings at conferences / meetings.

Submission Documents 

  1. Detailed curriculum vitae
  2. Statement of research plan
  3. Contact information of three references

Application Due 

Applications deadline will continue until the position is filled.

Postal Address 

Recruiting Team, Human Resources Section

Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University

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


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