Postdoctoral Scholar in the Membrane Cooperativity Unit

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Division Function/Position summary:

The Membrane Cooperativity Unit at OIST invites applications for two postdoctoral positions (Postdoctoral Scholars). We aim to reveal, at very fundamental levels, mechanisms for signal transduction in the plasma membrane and for regulation of neuronal network formation. Our approach is unique in that we directly image and track "single molecules" of interest in living cells and investigate how they move around and interact with each other in living cells.



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


We are looking for two postdoctoral fellows who will work on one or more of the following general projects, using single-molecule methods.

  1. Signal transduction mechanism in the plasma membrane, particularly in the context of the signal transduction of Fc epsilon receptor and a GPI-anchored receptor CD59
  2. Activity-dependent reorganization and structural plasticity of the synapses by studying single-molecule dynamics of neuronal receptors and adhesion molecules,
  3. Regulation mechanisms for signal transduction in the plasma membrane by the actin-based membrane skeleton
  4. Software development for analyzing single molecule movies
  5. Instrument/software development for automating single-molecule imaging of live cells. We are looking for an energetic individual, having the mind of both creativity and team-orientation.


Ph.D. or other doctoral degrees in any fields of science, medicine, or engineering. Experience with cell biology, biophysics, programming, advanced optical and electron microscopy, and/or electrical circuits is preferred.

Report to 

Prof. Akihiro Kusumi

Starting Date 

As early as possible

Term & Working Hours 

Full-time, fixed term appointment till August 31, 2022 with the possibility of renewal. Contract initially with 3 month probationary period (inclusive).

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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By way of submitted documents, and, for selected applicants, an interview and/or a seminar in person or Zoom.

Submission Documents 

  1. CV (including a photo is preferable; in English or Japanese)
  2. Lists of publications and presentations (include invited lectures at universities)
  3. Reprints or copies of major academic publications or reviews written by the candidate, up to 5 items
  4. Summary of research experience (1~3 pages [letter size or A4] in English or Japanese)
  5. Summary of research interest to be conducted at the Kusumi Unit (0.5~1 pages [letter size or A4] in English or Japanese)
  6. Names and contact details of two referees

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Application Due Date 

February 22, 2022 (Once the position is filled, applications will not be accepted thereafter.)


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