Researcher (Postdoctoral Scholar or Staff Scientist) position in Developmental Neurobiology Unit

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Position summary

Researcher (Postdoctoral Scholar or Staff Scientists), Developmental Neurobiology Unit


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


We are searching a researcher, who will be involved in the mechanism underlying photoreceptor degeneration and regeneration using zebrafish as an animal model. We appreciate application of young motivated researchers who have worked in the field of cell and developmental biology and are willing to contribute to medical therapy for human eye genetics disease. Information on our research is shown in our lab URL (


Applicants should have ph.D in the field of cell biology or developmental neurobiology. Knowledge and experience of genetics, histology, and molecular biology are desirable.

Report to 

Professor Ichiro Masai/ Developmental Neurobiology Unit

Starting Date 

After April 1, 2019

Term & Working Hours 


Term: Full-time, fixed term appointment for 1 year. This contract may be renewed up to total of three years.  

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

Compensation & 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)

How To Apply 

Apply by emailing your Submission Documents to:


(Please replace [at] with @ before using this email address)


Or send documents via post mail to:

Ayako Gima (Ms), Developmental Neurobiology Unit

Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University

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

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. E-mail address of two references who can evaluate applicant quality (past or current supervisors are preferable).

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

Application Due Date 

February 15, 2019 (Applications will be screened upon arrival)


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