Three Postdoctoral Scholar Positions in Nanoparticle by Design Unit

The Nanoparticles by Design research unit has been set up under the direction of Prof. Mukhles Sowwan [6-7]. Nanoparticles are an exciting class of materials, given their enhanced surface area, size-dependent properties, and potential for biomedical and healthcare applications. Research activities at our unit include design & modeling of nanoparticles, nanoparticle fabrication using gas-aggregated sputtering, and integration of these nanoparticles into innovative technologies. New, leading edge facilities are installed in-house for nanoparticle fabrication, characterization (TEM, XPS, XRD, AFM, etc.), as well as a fully equipped cleanroom facility including electron-beam lithography and Atomic Layer Deposition (ALD).

Position:

The Following positions are available:

  1. Postdoctoral scholar with research experience and track record of publications in nanomaterials characterization using transmission electron microscopy. Experience with environmental transmission electron microscopy and/ or in situ electrochemistry is desired.
  2. Postdoctoral scholar with research experience in molecular electronics. Experience with label free DNA biosensors, electronic devices and field effect transistors is desired.
  3. Postdoctoral scholar with research experience and track record of publications in nanomaterials characterization using scanning probe microscopy techniques (AFM,MFM,C-AFM, EFM,etc).



References

[1] OIST official website, www.oist.jp.

[2] Windfall for Tiny University With Outsized Ambitions, Science 342 no. 6155 p. 182 (2013).

[3] Okinawa goes recruiting, Nature 474, 553 (2011).

[4] Made in Japan, Nature 474, 541–542 (2011).

[5] Where Rats and Robots Play, The Economist (26 Nov 2011).

[6] Build-a-nanoparticle, OIST website: http://www.oist.jp/news-center/news/2013/11/6/build-nanoparticle

[7] The nanoparticles by Design unit website: https://groups.oist.jp/ndu

Location 

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

Responsibilities 

1. Postdoctoral Scholar with experience in Transmission Electron Microscopy:

The postdoctoral scholar is expected to work in close collaboration with other group members / academic partners on characterization of nanomaterials using various modes of transmission electron microscopy, and to contribute to publications of high scientific impact.
 

2. Postdoctoral Scholar with Research Experience in Molecular Electronics and bio-sensors:

The postdoctoral scholar is expected to work in close collaboration with other group members / academic partners on research projects in the field of label-free bio-sensors. Nanoparticle-decorated nanowires are employed as sensing elements, making use of the high surface-to-volume ratio and reactivity of these nanomaterials. The main task of the postdoctoral scholar is to study novel nanoparticle-decorated nanowire devices in terms of functionality and sensor mechanism, which includes cleanroom fabrication, electrical characterization and sensor application.
 

3. Postdoctoral Scholar Position on Scanning Probe Microscopy Techniques:

The main task of the postdoctoral scholar is to study nanoparticle/nanowire based devices and biosensors using Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM) techniques, and to contribute to publications of high scientific impact.

Qualifications 

  • Postdoctoral Scholar with experience in Transmission Electron Microscopy:
  1. Ph.D. in physics, materials science, or equivalent discipline.
  2. Experience with electrochemistry/photo-electrochemistry, energy storage systems (e.g. Li-ion batteries), solar fuels, etc.
  3. High English language competence.
  • Postdoctoral Scholar with Research Experience in Molecular Electronics and bio-sensors:
  1. Ph.D. in physics, materials science, or equivalent discipline.
  2. Experience with electronic devices, cleanroom processing, and nanomaterial haracterization
  3. High English language competence.
  4. Programming skills (Matlab, Labview) is an advantage.
  • Postdoctoral Scholar Position on Scanning Probe Microscopy Techniques:
  1. Ph.D. in physics, chemistry, materials science, or equivalent discipline.
  2. Proven experience with AFM characterization techniques such as tapping-mode AFM, c-AFM, MFM, etc.
  3. High English language competence.
  4. Experience with the multi-mode AFM from Bruker is an advantage.

Term 

Full-time, fixed term appointment for 1 year with possibility of extension for three years. Contract initially with 3 month probationary period (inclusive).

Starting Date 

As early as possible

Working Hours 

9:00-17:30 (Discretionary)

Compensation 

In accordance with the OIST Employee Compensation Regulation.

Benefits 

  • Relocation, housing and commuting allowances
  • Annual paid leave and summer holidays
  • Health insurance (Private School Mutual Aid http://www.shigakukyosai.jp/ ), welfare pension insurance (kousei-nenkin), worker’s accident compensation insurance (roudousha-saigai-hoshou-hoken)

Submission Documents 

  • Curriculum vitae in English (and Japanese, if available)
  • Cover letter in English (and Japanese, if available)

Application Due 

Consideration of applications will continue until the position is filled.

Email Address 

Mukhles#oist.jp (Please replace # with @ before using this email address)

Declaration 

* OIST Graduate University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action educator and employer and is committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty, students and staff. The University strongly encourages women and minority candidates to apply.

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