Postdoctoral Scholar Position Available/Cell Division Dynamics Unit

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Unit and Position Summary

The Cell Division Dynamics Unit (PI: Tomomi Kiyomitsu) is a new research unit which launched in April 2020. Our unit aims to understand the basic mechanisms of cell division using cultured human cell lines and early embryos of Medaka fish:

We seek a highly motivated postdoc who will advance our unit research by combining cell biology with other high-end technologies including in vitro biochemical reconstitution, structural biology, and Cryo EM/ET.


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


  1. Perform research to understand the mechanisms of bipolar spindle assembly and positioning in cultured human cells and/or early Medaka embryos.
  2. Publish the results in high-quality journals.
  3. (According to the situations and abilities) supervise graduate students.


  • Tsuchiya et al., Current Biology (2021)
  • Okumura et al., eLife (2018)
  • Natsume et al., Cell Reports (2016)
  • Kiyomitsu and Cheeseman, Cell (2013)
  • Kiyomitsu and Cheeseman, Nature Cell Biology (2012)


  • Kiyomitsu and Boerner, Frontiers in Cell and Developmental Biology (2021)
  • Kiyomitsu, Current Opinion in Cell Biology (2019)



Ph.D. (imminent or awarded within the last 5 years)


  1. Experience of biological imaging using confocal microscopy
  2. Experience of structural biology research using electron microscopy or Cryo-EM/ET
  3. Experience of biochemical in vitro reconstitution
  4. Experience of developmental biology research using Medaka or other fish
  5. Experience of interdisciplinary research using other high-end technologies

Report to 

Professor Tomomi Kiyomitsu/Cell Division Dynamics Unit

Starting Date 

April 1st, 2022, or as soon as possible thereafter (negotiable)

Term & Working Hours 

Term: Full-time, fixed term appointment for 1 year. Contract begins with a 3-month probationary period (inclusive). This contract can be renewed upon mutual agreement

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 uploading your submission documents HERE*.

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Successful applicants will be selected after an initial screening process based on the submission documents followed by an in-person or web interview.

Submission Documents 

Please submit the following documents in English or Japanese (either language is equally accepted)

  • Curriculum vitae
  • List of publications and presentations
  • A brief summary of your previous researches and motivation for this research position
  • Names and contact information of 2 referees, one of which should be a PhD supervisor

Application Due Date 

Open until filled. Applications will be reviewed upon arrival from February 1st onwards.


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