Postdoctoral Scholar for Advanced Medical Instrumentation Unit

The Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST) is 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 researchers in the world to Okinawa to transform the way science and education is done in the global academic world..


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


A Postdoctoral Researcher position is available for the Advanced Medical Instrumentation Unit (Pr. Hirotaka Sugawara) at the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology (OIST).  The purpose of our research is to contribute to the progress of medical practice and biological research by developing advanced instruments such as a beam cancer therapy facility (BNCT) and new imaging devices.

The successful candidate will join a multidisciplinary team at the interface of physics, biology and chemistry research. He will be involved in developing a hybrid drug delivery system using functionalized boron-delivery nanoparticles. The candidate should be able to graft antibodies, cell-penetrating peptides and micro-RNA on the surface of the nanoparticles in order to specifically target cancer stem cells.


Candidates should hold a PhD and/or have postdoctoral experience in an area related to the project. Candidates should have a strong background in biochemistry. Experience in drug delivery, nanoparticles functionalization, and experience of multidisciplinary research at the interface with the biological and physical sciences would be highly desirable.


One year. Contract initially with 3 months probationary period (inclusive).

Starting Date 

As early as possible

Working Hours 

09:00-17:30 (Discretionary)


In accordance with the OIST Employee Compensation Regulation.


- 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 

We will be asking every applicant to submit a CV, two references with contact information and a cover letter outlining research interests and relevant work experience.

Application Due 

November 30, 2016 Applications deadline will continue until the position is filled.

Postal Address 

Fumiko Suzuki, Advanced Medical Instrumentation Unit (Sugawara Unit)

Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University

1919-1 Onna, Onna-son, Kunigami-gun, Okinawa  904-0495  JAPAN

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* OIST is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer, and encourages applications from women.

*Information provided by applicants or references will be kept confidential, documents will not be returned.  All applicants will be notified regarding the status of their applications.

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