Postdoctoral Scholar in Optical Trapping and Manipulation/Light-Matter Interactions Unit

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Postdoctoral Scholar

Light-Matter Interactions Unit


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


The Light-Matter Interactions Unit ( in OIST, headed by Prof Síle Nic Chormaic, invites applications for a postdoctoral position in experimental physics/biophysics.  The successful candidate will need to contribute to one of our strands of research, with a focus on optical trapping and manipulation within our NanoBioOpt Subgroup.  Only candidates with research vision and exemplary publication records will be considered.   The successful candidate must have previous experience in optical tweezers and/or particle trapping using plasmonic structures, with peer-reviewed publications in the field.   Ability to work as a team member, while assuming day-to-day responsibilities in the laboratory is essential.  The following experience is crucial: 

  1. Fabrication and integration of micro and nano-optical devices into optical trapping setups;
  2. Ability to plan and execute a research project in the field of particle trapping and manipulation;
  3. Modeling of experimental setups using packages such as COMSOL and MATLAB;
  4. Assistance with student supervision in the laboratory;
  5. Proven ability to communicate fluently in English and to publish high-impact papers in a related field

Further details available by emailing Prof. Nic Chormaic


  1. Ph.D. in Physics or Biophysics in optical trapping and manipulation with strong experimental element
  2. Fluency in written and spoken English, with excellent interpersonal skills
  3. An excellent publication record, ability to work independently, and adaptive to new research directions.

Starting Date 

No later than August 2018

Term & Working Hours 

Term: Full-time, fixed-term appointment for two years with an extension of one additional year possible upon satisfactory progress.

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 

Please submit all required application materials by email to:
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Submission Documents 

  1. Full curriculum vitae including names of at least 3 academic referees (in English)
  2. Cover letter (in English)
  3. 2- page research plan (in English)
  4. Summary of research interests and experience (in English)

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Application Due Date 

Applications deadline will continue until the position is filled.


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