Postdoctoral Scholar, Marine Biophysics Unit

The position

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

The Marine Biophysics Unit (MBU; of the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST; see seeks postdoctoral researchers in coastal oceanography.


The successful candidate will investigate physical dynamics of coastal processes that encompass both wave-driven littoral currents (rip currents) and wind- and pressure-gradient-driven continental shelf currents, including submesoscale eddies, around Okinawan coral reefs, extending offshore to where vertical boundary layers are separated and stable density stratification is significant. This research is a prerequisite to addressing many important research questions regarding biogeochemical and marine ecological processes.


Applicants must have been awarded a Ph.D. or equivalent doctorate in an appropriate field within the past 5 years and demonstrated ability in publishing results in peer-reviewed journals.

Compensation and Benefits

In accordance with the OIST Employee Compensation Regulations


Submission Documents
  • Curriculum vitae including a publication list
  • Cover letter stating research interests and experience
  • Contact information for three references

How to Apply

All required application materials should be submitted by email to: (replace # with @ before using this email address).

*Prior to the start of employment all new hires are required to successfully complete a background check. Personal information including employment history and academic background should be submitted to third-party administrators after a conditional offer of employment.

*Postdoctoral position in Coral-reef Dynamics is also available in the Shocks, Solitons & Turbulence (S2T) Unit of OIST.

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Job Type
Starting Date
As early as possible
Employment Term

Full-time, fixed term appointment for 2 years. Contract initially with 3-month probationary period (inclusive). This contract may be renewed.


Working Hours

9am–5:30pm (Discretionary)

Report To
Professor Satoshi Mitarai
Job Location
Main Campus: 1919-1 Tancha, Onna-son, Kunigami-gun, Okinawa
Application Due Date
Applications will be accepted until all positions are filled.
*Application will be closed once the position is filled.
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