Postdoctoral/Staff Scientist Position in the Theory of Quantum Matter Unit

The position

The Theory of Quantum Matter Unit (TQM) is seeking to recruit a Postdoctoral Scholar.   Highly-qualified candidates may also be considered for a Staff Scientist position. The TQM Unit carries research in the broad area of condensed matter and statistical physics, making use of both numerical and analytic techniques.  The Unit has a strong interest in frustrated magnetism, with an emphasis on quantum spin liquids and other unconventional phases of matter.  Other themes represented in the group include the application machine learning to problems in statistical physics; algorithmic aspects of quantum computing; analogies between condensed-matter and high-energy physics, and the physics of water.   Applications from strong candidates with complementary interests are welcome.  The group also maintains strong links with experimental groups developing and studying new quantum materials.  Further details of the TQM Unit can be found at:

Starting Date: Open to negotiation, but preferably between April 1st 2023 and October 1st 2023.

About OIST

The Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University was established in 2011 to contribute to the development of science and technology worldwide and to serve as a hub of innovation in Okinawa. OIST is a dynamic new graduate university of science and technology in Okinawa Prefecture, Japan which offers a 5-year PhD program and brings together outstanding researchers from across the country and across disciplines to conduct cutting-edge scientific research.

The university is located on 85 hectares of protected forestland overlooking a beautiful shoreline and coral reefs. The campus is striking architecturally, and the facilities are outstanding. To facilitate multidisciplinary research, there are no academic departments. 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, and our unwavering commitment to scientific and technological innovation is dedicated to generating progress that will fuel Okinawa's economic growth.


Postdocs in the TQM Unit 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.  Staff scientists are expected to pursue their own research agenda with a high level of independence, while providing support to less-experienced Unit members.




PhD in Theoretical Physics or a related discipline


To be eligible for appointment as a Staff Scientist, candidates should usually have completed between 3 and 10 years of previous postdoctoral research, and demonstrated excellence in their field.

Compensation and Benefits

Compensation 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)
Submission Documents
  • Cover letter (1-2 pages), briefly outlining the candidates accomplishments and ambitions for future research
  • CV with publication list
  • Copies of 1-3 papers (or preprints) representing the candidates most interesting work to date.
  • Candidates should arrange for a minimum of three letters or recommendation to be uploaded on their behalf.

For primary consideration, please submit all materials by January 15th, 2023. Applications arriving later than this will be considered until the post is filled.

  • 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 applications from underrepresented groups.
  • 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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  • Further details about the University can be viewed on the OIST website
Job Type
Employment Term

Full-time.   Postdoctoral positions will normally be held for a period of three years, with the initial appointment being for one year, and renewal for a further 2 years based on performance and mutual agreement.   Staff Scientist positions may be held for a up to five years, with the initial appointment being for one year, and subsequent renewal based on performance and mutual agreement. 

Report To
Professor Nic Shannon
Job Location
Main Campus: 1919-1 Tancha, Onna-son, Kunigami-gun, Okinawa
Application Due Date
Applications will be accepted until all positions are filled.
*Application will be closed once the position is filled.