Researcher Position available/Science and Technology Group “Sulfone substituted complex cyclopropanes and linear hydrocarbons via catalysis”

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Position summary

Researcher position

Science and Technology Group


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


The Researcher position is available for one year under the “Sulfone substituted complex cyclopropanes and linear hydrocarbons via catalysis” project under the direction of Dr. Eugene Khaskin) at the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology (OIST).
The major focus will be on the economic scale up of the earlier disclosed cyclopropanation reactions ( as well as employing the reaction towards new sulfone, alcohol, and other substrates compatible in the reaction. Basic responsibilities involve screening of catalysis conditions; synthesis, separation, and characterization of cyclopropane and linear sulfone substrates; and testing new catalysts and reaction conditions. Some of the work will be carried out in cooperation with the Coordination Chemistry and Catalysis unit, about which more details can be found at the unit webpage:



  1. Master or Ph.D. in Chemistry
  2. Experience in one or several of the following fields: organic chemistry methods development, organic chemistry total synthesis, organic chemistry heterocycle synthesis, organometallic chemistry catalysis.
  3. Extensive experience in reaction screening, as well as basic organic chemistry techniques such as separating substrates via column chromatography (and/or HPLC), TLC, etc... 
  4. Familiarity with NMR, GC (FID or MS), and HPLC instruments.
  5. Have a strong publication record in peer-reviewed journals
  6. Good communication skills in English
  7. Ability to work independently as well as a part of a team

Report to 

Dr. Eugene Khaskin (Science and Technology Group)

Starting Date 

In or after October 2018 or until the position is filled

Term & Working Hours 

Full-time, fixed term appointment for 1 year with no possibility of extension.

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:


(Please replace [at] with @ before using this email address)


or send by post to the following address:

Dr. Eugene Khaskin

Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University

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

Submission Documents 

- Cover letter in English

- Curriculum vitae in English

- Contact information of two referees 

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

Application Due Date 

Applications deadline will continue until the position is filled.


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