Postdoctoral Scholar for Nucleic Acid Chemistry and Engineering Unit

Beautifully situated on the subtropical island of Okinawa, Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST) is a young and growing university with no departments, eliminating artificial barriers between people working in different fields, but many nationalities, with students and faculty being attracted from all over the world. OIST is an international research university where English is used as the official language of business and instruction.

One postdoctoral scholar position is available to conduct research in the Nucleic Acid Chemistry and Engineering Unit headed by Prof. Yohei Yokobayashi at OIST.


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


The candidate is expected to engage in nucleic acid engineering projects that require both experimental and computational skills. Specifically, we are interested in harnessing the power of high-throughput sequencing technologies to characterize and design synthetic functional nucleic acids (DNA/RNA) for chemical and biological applications. OIST houses an array of Illumina and PacBio sequencers supported by dedicated staff, as well as high-performance computer clusters. The postdoctoral scholar is also expected to disseminate the research results in publications and conference presentations, contribute to laboratory maintenance, and to engage in collaborative research and discussion with other researchers. (References: Kobori et al., Nucleic Acid Res, 2015: 43, e85.; Kobori & Yokobayashi, Angew Chem Int Ed, 2016: 55, 10354-10357.)


Candidates should have a Ph.D. in chemistry or biology with demonstrated experimental skills in biochemistry/molecular biology. The candidate should also have bioinformatics and programming skills to analyze and interpret high-throughput sequencing data (e.g. from Illumina sequencers). Sufficient written and oral communication skills in English to function in an international research environment are required. We seek self-motivated, hard-working, and creative junior researchers who are not afraid to take on challenging projects.

Starting Date 

April 1, 2017 or later (negotiable)

Term & Working Hours 

Term: Full‐time, fixed term appointment for 1 year, with the possibility of renewal for up to a total of 3 years.

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

Compensation & Benefits 

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 

1. Cover letter

2. Curriculum Vitae along with the contact information for two or more references

3. Brief summary of current and previous research (should include materials that demonstrate the qualifications outlined above)

Application Due Date 

Applications deadline will continue until the position is filled.


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