Postdoctoral Scholar in Evolutionary Neurobiology Unit

The Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST; see is a dynamic new graduate university of science and technology in Okinawa Prefecture, Japan. The university is located on 85 hectares of protected forestland overlooking beautiful shoreline and coral reefs. The campus is striking architecturally, and the facilities are outstanding (OIST campus video tour). There are no academic departments, which facilitates multidisciplinary research. Outstanding resources and equipment are provided and managed to encourage easy access and collaboration. English is the official language of the University, and the university research community is fully international, with more than 50 countries represented. OIST is rapidly gaining recognition in the worldwide academic community as a model for excellence in education and research.

Position Summary:

Evolutionary Neurobiology Unit is seeking a highly motivated postdoctoral researcher. We are performing developmental, biochemical, cell biological, and bioinformatics studies using early branching animals including cnidarians, placozoans, ctenophores and poriferans. These animals are useful especially for studying the origins and early evolutionary processes of basic morphological and physiological nature of animals. Research topics include, but are not limited to,

  1. EvoDevo studies of nervous systems of early branching animals
  2. Experimental and theoretical studies of asexual growth patterns of early branching animals


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


  1. Designing and executing experiments independently and in collaboration with the other members
  2. Contributing substantially to publications in high impact journals
  3. Supervising the students and interns
  4. Taking part in the management of culture of our model animals
  5. Helping our laboratory management (overview and maintain research instruments and equipment).



  • A suitable candidate should have a PhD in evolutionary biology, developmental biology, or related discipline.


  • Experience and background on bioinformatics, computational biology or similar fields
  • Experience in microscopy, computational processing and quantitative analyses of image data is an advantage
  • Because of the Evolutionary Neurobiology Unit is interdisciplinary, the candidate will be integrated into a collaborative environment and is required to have an excellent command of English together with strong communication skill and self-motivation
  • The candidate should be proactive, service-oriented team player willing to help other members
  • Working experience in international and interdisciplinary environment is an advantage

Report to 

Prof. Hiroshi Watanabe, Evolutionary Neurobiology Unit

Starting Date 

April 1, 2020

Term & Working Hours 

Full-time, fixed term appointment for 2 years in the first instance. This contract may be renewed up to total of 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 emailing your Submission Documents to:


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Submission Documents 

  • Cover letter in English
  • Curriculum vitae in English
  • Names and contact information of 3~5 referees, one of which should be a previous employer

* Please be sure to indicate where you first saw the job advertisement.

Application Due Date 

November 30, 2019 (Applications will be screened upon arrival)


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