Postdoctoral Scholar / Complex Fluids and Flows Unit

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Position summary
The Complex Fluids and Flows Unit (CFF) at the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST) is seeking to recruit a Postdoctoral Scholar. The CFF Unit carries research in fluid dynamics making use of direct numerical simulations. Highly motivated candidates are welcomed to join our team in order to study laminar and turbulent multiphase flows with non-Newtonian fluids. Postdocs are expected to engage in creative, curiosity-driven research, and are encouraged to develop their own independent interests, as well as collaborating with existing group members.


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


  1. Perform innovative research in the context given above (see position summary).
  2. Publish the results in high-quality journals.
  3. Present the results at national and international conferences.



  1. PhD (awarded or imminent) in a relevant discipline with major in Fluid Mechanics, e.g. mechanical, aeronautical, chemical engineering or physics.
  2. Experience in numerical simulations of multiphase flows.
  3. Proficiency in written and spoken English.


  1. Knowledge of Fortran.
  2. Experience in High-Performance Computing.

Report to 

Professor Marco Rosti, Complex Fluids and Flows Unit

Starting Date 

Negotiable, as soon as possible.

Term & Working Hours 

The position is initially for one year and can be extended to 2 more years based on performance and mutual agreement. Contract initially with 3-month probationary period (inclusive).

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 

Please submit all required application materials by email to:
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Submission Documents 

- Curriculum vita with publication list in English (and Japanese if available)
- Cover letter in English (and Japanese if available)
- Names and contact information of 2 referees, one of which should be a previous employer

Application Due Date 

Applications will continue until the position is filled.


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