Postdoctoral Scholar Position in Biological Complexity Unit (Pigolotti Unit)

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Position summary:

The Biological Complexity Unit at the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology (OIST), Japan, headed by Prof. Simone Pigolotti, is looking for an outstanding candidate for a postdoctoral position. The research unit studies biological systems using mathematical and computational methods of nonequilibrium statistical physics.

Postdoctoral positions are usually held for three years. OIST is an equal opportunity employer providing competitive working conditions, an international, vibrant, interdisciplinary research environment in a unique location and state-of-the-art facilities.



An ideal candidate would have a Ph.D. in theoretical biophysics, statistical physics or related topics, excellent analytical/computational skills. Specific experience in working with metagenomic data and in the topic of the project are added values.

Report to 

Professor Simone Pigolotti, Biological Complexity Unit

Starting Date 

To be agreed with the candidate

Term & Working Hours 

Term: Full-time, fixed term appointment for 1 year, renewable for another two years upon mutual agreement.

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:

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

Submission Documents 

Applicants should send a CV, a cover letter and a brief statement of research interests combined in a single PDF file to and arrange for at least two recommendation letters to be sent.

*Inquiries about the position can also be sent to the same address.

Application Due Date 

Until the position is filled (Applications will be screened upon arrival)


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