Postdoctoral Scholar positions / Gravity, Quantum Geometry and Field Theory Unit

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Position summary

Postdoctoral Scholar positions in Gravity, Quantum Geometry and Field Theory Unit

Applications are invited for one or two 2+1-year postdoc position(s) in the Gravity, Quantum Geometry and Field Theory group at Okinawa Institute of Science and Technogy (OIST) Graduate University, Japan, starting in the Fall of 2019 or earlier (earlier is encouraged). The successful applicant(s) will work in the group lead by Prof. Reiko Toriumi. At OIST, there are related research groups lead by Prof. Shinobu Hikami, Prof. Yasha Neiman and Prof. Anastasiia Tsvietkova, with each group supporting about 4 postdocs. 

The Gravity, Quantum Geometry and Field Theory group itself expects frequent research visitors in addition to hosting workshops, e.g., an example workshop can be found here: 


OIST is an equal opportunity, affirmative action educator and employer. Further details can be found at


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


  1. The candidate must have a clear research plan and be able to achieve research objectives.
  2. The candidate must be willing to contribute to Gravity, Quantum Geometry and Field Theory group meetings and seminars, and to mentor student research. 
  3. The candidate is expected to be in residence for the time of appointment. Conference travel is encouraged and the travel support is provided. 



  1. Applicants are required to have completed Ph.D. in Physics or Mathematics by the time of appointment and have a background in quantum gravity, quantum field theory, random geometry or related areas. 
  2. We are looking for motivated, active and responsible researchers. 
  3. Demonstrates excellent oral and written English.  

Report to 

Professor Reiko Toriumi : Gravity, Quantum Geometry and Field Theory Unit

Starting Date 

In the Fall of 2019 or earlier

Term & Working Hours 

For postdoctoral scholars: Full-time, fixed term appointment for 2 years, starting Fall 2019 or earlier (earlier is encouraged).

There may be an opportunity to renew it for one more year.

Working hours: 9:00-17:30 (Discretionary)

Compensation & Benefits 

The salary is internationally competitive and complemented by allowances as below

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 


Please apply by sending your application to

The application materials 1, 2, and 3 should be in one pdf file and please send it to

 Please submit only the reference letters through Academic Jobs Online .

 Inquiries may be directed to Dr. Reiko Toriumi at

Submission Documents 

  1. Cover letter
  2. Research statement (includes future plan)
  3. CV including publication list
  4. Three Reference letters to be submitted through Academic Jobs Online.

* Please be sure to indicate where you first saw the job advertisement.

Application Due Date 

The review of the applications will start on December 21st2018, and will continue until the positions are filled. The applications received by December 21st are guaranteed full consideration.


  • OIST Graduate University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action educator and employer and is committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty, students and staff. The University strongly encourages women and minority candidates to apply.
  • Information provided by applicants or references will be kept confidential, documents will not be returned. All applicants will be notified regarding the status of their applications.
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