Postdoctoral Scholar Position in Neuronal Rhythms in Movement Unit

The Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST) will become a model for change in education and research with the best international graduate students, working side by side with world-class faculty in modern well-equipped laboratories. Beautifully situated on the island of Okinawa, OIST relies on a cross-disciplinary approach, with an emphasis on creativity and exchange, to offer unique, individualized graduate training. OIST is a university with no departments, eliminating artificial barriers between people working in different fields, but many nationalities, with students and faculty being attracted from all over the world. Concentrating initially on Neuroscience, Molecular Sciences, Mathematical Sciences, Environmental and Ecological Sciences and Physical Sciences, OIST is bringing some of the best researchers in the world to Okinawa to transform the way science and education is done in the global academic world.


Researcher (Postdoctoral Scholar), Neuronal rhythms in Movement Unit


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


Several positions for post-docs are open in the nRIM unit starting in 2017.

We are presently looking for exceptional candidates to work in some of the following areas:

  • High-precision viral targeting, imaging and anatomy ranging from sub-neuronal and microcircuit level to mesoscopic architectures, histology, dendritic reconstructions; this work will be conducted in close collaboration with computational researchers to create realistic neuronal simulations;
  • In vitro slice patch electrophysiology, calcium/voltage imaging and optogenetics;
  • Hi-res, 3D motion capture and kinematic analysis of behaving mice, combined with imaging, electrophysiology and manipulation of deep brain structures as well as virtual / augmented reality methods
  • while experience in the above-mentioned methods is highly appreciated, the unit is also welcoming other candidates with original, boundary-breaking ideas and a drive to "get things done".


  • Applicants should be awarded Ph.D in relevant disciplines, such as biosciences, neuroscience, cognitive sciences, physics or computer science within the recent five years when they will be hired by the OIST.
  • Fluency in written and spoken English is required, with excellent communication skills and scientific writing capability.
  • A record of first-author, high-impact publications is not required as we do not believe that scientific excellence necessarily correlates with them. However, a record of research and publication activity is required; at a very minimum, you need to have at least one solid, interesting publication that is clearly your work in conceptual, experimental and analytical aspects and you have significantly contributed to the manuscript preparation.
  • The candidates should have sufficient statistical and programming skills (e.g. MatLab, Python); at very least this means the ability to work with their own raw data.


Full-time, appointment for 1 year contract initially with 3 month probationary period (renewable within 3 years maximum)

Starting Date 

After 1st February 2017

Working Hours 



In accordance with the OIST Employee Compensation Regulation.


Annual paid leave, summer holidays, Private School Mutual Aid, commuting allowances and relocation allowances.

Submission Documents 

  1. Curriculum vitae with photograph
  2. Publication list (research papers and oral/poster presentation in scientific meetings)
  3. Brief description of your past work and short explanation of application’s reasons for applying (A4, 2 -3 pages)
  4. Two recommendation letters from Ph.D mentor, past or current supervisors.

Application Due 

Applications deadline will continue until the position is filled.

Postal Address 

Saeko Hedo (Ms), Neuronal Rhythms in Movement Unit
Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University
1919-1, Onna, Onna-son, Okinawa 904-0495, Japan

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