Postdoctoral Scholar Position Available/Cell Division Dynamics Unit

The position

The Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology (OIST; see is a dynamic graduate university of science and technology in Okinawa Prefecture, Japan. The school is located on 85 hectares of protected forestland overlooking beautiful shorelines and coral reefs. The campus is striking architecturally, and the facilities are outstanding (OIST campus video tour). There are no academic departments, which facilitates cross-disciplinary research. Superb resources and equipment are provided and managed to encourage easy access and collaboration. English is the official language of the university, and the research community is fully international, with more than 50 countries represented. After only ten years, OIST is rapidly gaining recognition in the worldwide academic community as a model for excellence in research, education, and innovation.


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.

  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
Compensation and 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)
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
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Job Type
Starting Date
As early as possible
Employment 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)

Report To
Professor Tomomi Kiyomitsu/Cell Division Dynamics Unit
Job Location
Main Campus: 1919-1 Tancha, Onna-son, Kunigami-gun, Okinawa
Application Due Date
Applications will be accepted until all positions are filled.
*Application will be closed once the position is filled.
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