Postdoctoral Scholar Position in Cell Signal Unit

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

Position summary:
In the Cell Signal Unit at the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology we study intracellular signaling and the mechanisms regulating gene expression in mammals. We explore CCR4-NOT complex-mediated gene regulation, namely transcription, translation and silencing, utilizing a wide range of methodologies from genetics, molecular and cellular biology, structural biology, pathoanatomical study, and systems biology. Through these studies we will be able to develop profound insights into how human beings respond to environmental stimuli, and into the causes of disease. As the scope of this research requires a wide range of knowledge and technical expertise, applications from individuals who have experience in the aforementioned methodologies are welcomed.



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


1. Conduct molecular and cellular biological study, and/or
2. Carry out developmental study with gene-modified mouse model, and/or
3. Analyze large data-set of RNA expression.



1. PhD or PhD/MD holder
2. Experience of molecular and cellular biological studies

3. Proficiency in spoken and written English.


1. Experience of publication in reasonably good journals.
2. Experience of signal cell gene expression analysis and/or molecular pathology.

Report to 

Professor Tadashi Yamamoto

Starting Date 

April 2022, negotiable.

Term & Working Hours 

Full-time, fixed term appointment for 1 year. The contract may be renewed (initially up to 3 years).

Compensation & Benefits 

Compensation in accordance with the OIST Employee Compensation Regulations.

The amount of the annual salary is determined according to the number of years since the candidate acquired a Ph.D degree.

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:


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Submission Documents 

1. Curriculum vitae with e-mail address
2. Publication list
3. Brief description of your past work and your research interest and also a short explanation of reasons for applying (less than one page)

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Application Due Date 

Open immediately (Applications will be screened upon arrival). Applications deadline will continue until the position is filled.


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