Postdoctoral Scholar in Complex Fluids and Flows Unit (Rosti Unit)

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Division Function/Position summary:

The Complex Fluids and Flows Unit (CFF, led by Prof. Marco Rosti

at the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST) is seeking to recruit few Postdoctoral Scholars. The CFF Unit carries research in fluid dynamics making use of direct numerical simulations. Highly motivated candidates are welcome to join our team in order to study one of the following topics:

  • turbulent multiphase flows;
  • non-Newtonian fluids;
  • fluid-structure interaction problems.

Postdocs are expected to engage in creative, curiosity-driven research, and are encouraged to develop their own independent interests, as well as collaborating with existing group members.



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


  1. Perform innovative research in the context given above (see position summary).
  2. Publish the results in high-quality journals.
  3. Present the results at national and international conferences.



  1. Ph.D. (awarded or imminent) in a relevant discipline with major in Fluid Mechanics, e.g. mechanical, aeronautical, chemical engineering or physics.
  2. Experience in numerical simulations of multiphase flows, non-Newtonian fluids, or fluid-structure interaction problems.
  3. Proficiency in written and spoken English.


  1. Knowledge of Fortran.
  2. Experience in High-Performance Computing.

Report to 

Prof. Marco Rosti

Starting Date 

As early as possible

Term & Working Hours 

Term: Full-time, fixed term appointment for 1 year initially. Contract initially with 3-month probationary period (inclusive). This contract may be renewed up to 3 years.

Working hours: 9:00-17:30 (Discretionary)

Compensation & 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)

How To Apply 

Apply by uploading your submission documents HERE.

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Submission Documents 

  • Letter of intent in English
  • Curriculum vitae in English
  • Names and contact information of 3 referees, one of which should be a previous employer

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Application Due Date 

Applications deadline will continue until the position is filled. (Applications will be screened upon arrival)


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