Postdoctoral Scholar at the Nanoparticles by Design Unit

The Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology (OIST) is a new international research facility located in southern Japan, and seeks to recruit a qualified postdoctoral researcher for the Nanoparticles by Design research unit.

About OIST
The founding mission of OIST centers on creating a best-in-class international institute in Japan, by providing world class laboratory infrastructure, using English as daily operational language, and fostering interdisciplinary interaction across traditional boundaries in science. Further information can be found on our website [1]. Additionally, OIST has been profiled in numerous global publications such as Science, Nature and The Economist [2-5].

About the Nanoparticles by Design research unit
The Nanoparticles by Design research unit has been set up under the direction of Prof. Mukhles Sowwan [6-7]. Nanoparticles are an exciting class of materials, given their enhanced surface area, size-dependent properties, and potential for biomedical and healthcare applications. Research activities at our unit include design & modeling of nanoparticles, nanoparticle fabrication using gas-aggregated sputtering, and integration of these nanoparticles into innovative technologies. New, leading edge facilities are installed in-house for nanoparticle fabrication, characterization (TEM, XPS, XRD, AFM, etc.), as well as a fully equipped cleanroom facility including electron-beam lithography and Atomic Layer Deposition (ALD).

[1] OIST official website,
[2] Windfall for Tiny University With Outsized Ambitions, Science 342 no. 6155 p. 182 (2013).
[3] Okinawa goes recruiting, Nature 474, 553 (2011).
[4] Made in Japan, Nature 474, 541–542 (2011).
[5] Where Rats and Robots Play, The Economist (26 Nov 2011).
[6] Build-a-nanoparticle, OIST website:
[7] The nanoparticles by Design unit website:


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


The postdoctoral scholar is expected to work in close collaboration with other group members / academic partners on research projects in the field of optoelectronic devices and energy storage systems. The main task of the postdoctoral scholar is to study novel nanoparticle-based devices in terms of electrochemistry or photo-electrochemistry, which includes device fabrication, structural characterization, electrochemical impedance spectroscopy, cyclic voltametry, etc. and to contribute to publications of high scientific impact.


1- Ph.D. in physics, materials science, or equivalent discipline.
2- Experience with electrochemistry/photo-electrochemistry, energy storage systems (e.g. Li-ion batteries), solar fuels, etc.
3- High English language competence.

Starting Date 

As early as possible

Submission Documents 

- Curriculum vitae in English (and Japanese, if available)
- Cover letter in English (and Japanese, if available)

Application Due Date 

Consideration of applications will continue until the position is filled.


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