Postdoctoral Scholar/Theory of Quantum Matter Unit

The Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST) is 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.

Position summary

The Theory of Quantum Matter (TQM) Unit is seeking to recruit two Postdoctoral Scholars, to engage in creative, curiosity-driven research in condensed matter theory.


Postdoctoral Scholar / Theory of Quantum Matter Unit (Shannon Unit)


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


The main responsibility of the Postdoctoral Scholar will be carry out research under the supervision of the Unit head.  This research will place a high emphasis on creativity and technical innovation.  The Postdoctoral Scholar will be expected to participate in group meetings and other scientific activities of the TQM group, and to play a full role in the dissemination of the results of their research, through seminars, presentations at conferences, and the writing of journal articles.  The Postdoctoral Scholar is encouraged to pursue their own independent research while working at OIST.  This may include collaborations with groups outside OIST.  However it is the responsibility of the researcher to ensure that any additional projects they take on do not conflict their responsibilities within the TQM group.



PhD in Theoretical Physics or a related discipline.

Proficiency in spoken and written English.


Full-time, fixed term appointment for 1 to 3 year(s). Contract initially with 3 months probationary period (inclusive).

Starting Date 

The starting date is flexible.

Working Hours 

9:00-17:30 (Discretionary)


In accordance with the OIST Employee Compensation Regulation.


- 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)

Submission Documents 

- CV with publication list

- a cover letter (1-2 pages), briefly outlining the candidate’s accomplishments and ambitions for future research

- copies of 2-3 papers (or preprints) representing the candidate’s most interesting work to date

- candidates should also arrange for a minimum of three letters of recommendation to be sent on their behalf.

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Application Due 

For primary consideration, please submit all materials by 15th December 2017. Applications arriving later than this will be considered until the posts are filled.

Postal Address 

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