Researchers in Machine Learning and Data Science Unit

The position

Position summary:

We focus on developing machine learning algorithms and accelerating scientific discovery using machine learning. More specifically, we are working on deep learning models for small sample data, distributed/federated learning, graph neural networks, and optimal transport methods. Moreover, with collaborators, we are working on finding new therapeutic targets for Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) using machine learning methods.

  1. Develop machine learning models for high-dimensional, real-world applications.
  2. Pursue your own scientific interests in a highly collaborative environment.
  3. Write research papers and develop software in Python.
  4. (For staff scientist applicants) Mentor younger scientists.


  1. PhD in Computer Science, a related technical field
  2. Experience in Machine Learning, computer vision, and natural language processing, or related fields.
  3. Programming knowledge (e.g., Python or C++)
  4. (For staff scientist applicants) Strong research background and publications in top tier computer science conference including ICML, NeurIPS, AISTATS, ICLR, CVPR, ECCV, ACL, EMNLP etc.


  1. Strong research background and publications in top tier computer science conference including ICML, NeurIPS, AISTATS, ICLR, CVPR, ECCV, ACL, EMNLP etc.
  2. Ability to design new research problems.
  3. Experience in collaboration with non-machine learning experts.
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
  • CV including the publication list
  • Summary of research experience and research plan (2-4 pages)
  • Names of 2 potential reference writers

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Job Type
Starting Date
As early as possible
Employment Term

Full-time, the position is initially for three years and can be extended to 2 more years based on performance and mutual agreement.

Working Hours

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

Report To
Associate Professor Makoto Yamada, Machine Learning and Data Science Unit
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.