Staff Scientist/ Evolutionary Neurobiology 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.


Staff Scientist

Evolutionary Neurobiology Unit


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


Evolutionary Neurobiology Unit is proposing projects for a researcher on developmental and functional studies of sensory and neural cells of marine invertebrates including sponges, placozoans, ctenophores, and cnidarians). The developmental, morphological and especially physiological features of these basal animals remain highly understudied, the subjects we are studying with the state-of-the-art technologies on microscopy, genomics, transcriptomics, metabolomics, and molecular/cellular/developmental biology.

The successful candidate will

  1. Perform genetic and microscopic studies using marine invertebrates.
  2. Design and establish protocols.
  3. Analyze genomic and transcriptomic data.



  1. A suitable candidate should have a PhD in evolutionary biology, developmental biology, or related field, and experience in light microscope and fluorescent microscope.
  2. Research experience and strong background on evolutionary developmental biology.
  3. Ability to work independently, explore and implement new tools/techniques to facilitate the gene function and neurobiological experiments in non-model marine invertebrates.
  4. Because of the Evolutionary Neurobiology Unit is interdisciplinary, the candidate will might be integrated into collaborative environment and is required to have excellent team working and communication skill.
  5. The candidate should be motivated, proactive, and service-oriented team player willing to help other members with basic and advanced aspects of gene function experiments.
  6. Fluent in spoken and written English.


  1. Working experience in international and interdisciplinary environment is an advantage.
  2. Some expertise in computational processing and quantitative analyses of image data is a plus.

Starting Date 

On or after April 1, 2018

Term & Working Hours 

Term: Full-time, fixed term appointment for 1 year. This contract may be renewed.

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

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 

  1. Curriculum vita in English (and Japanese if available)
  2. Cover letter in English (and Japanese if available)

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Application Due Date 

Applications deadline will continue until the position is filled.


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