Postdoctoral position in Marine Genomics available at the Marine Climate Change Unit


Anthropogenic activities are leading to global Climate Change at an unprecedented rate. Understanding the mechanisms of how coral reef fish cope with environmental shifts is imperative to understand their fate in a changing planet. Little is known about the genomics mechanisms of rapid evolution/phenotypic plasticity to the adaptive response of coral reef fish to changing ocean conditions.

We seek for a highly motivated postdoctoral fellow in Molecular Ecology, Genomics or Computational Biology/Bioinformatics to join the Marine Climate Change Unit/Ravasi’s Unit at OIST ( to work on a long-term project that aims to understand the effects of climate stressors (i.e. ocean acidification and warming) on coral reef fishes. Our main goal is to understand fish acclimation/adaptation to climate change at the genomic level. By using a set of unique multi-generational experiments combined with Next-Generation Sequencing approaches such as genome, epigenome and transcriptome sequencing we are trying to unveil the genetics and epigenetics mechanisms underline fish responses to climate change. The successful candidate will be able to look at a variety of data including physiological responses, but will mainly be working on the computational analysis, integration and visualization of genomics, epigenomics and transcriptomics datasets. A considerable amount of new and unpublished sequencing datasets has been already generated and immediately available for this project.



85 ヘクタールの敷地に広がる大自然の中に設立され、美しい海岸とサンゴ礁を見下ろす場所に位置します。キャンパスは建築学的観点から見ても印象的なこだわりが施され、その自然の中にある大学施設を際立たせています。学部の壁を作らないことで、学際的な研究成果を生み出せる環境を提供し、また学内の誰もが、最高水準のリソースへのアクセスと研究機器の利用が可能で、共同研究に生かせるような仕組みを整えています。

学内では英語を公用語とし、50 ヵ国以上から集まる研究者コミュニティは真の国際性を保持しています。OISTは科学技術の革新、そして沖縄の経済発展の原動力となるイノベーション創出に取り組んでいます。

  1. The successful candidate will take the lead role in the project.
  2. To contribute to the overall activities of the research unit, acting as an effective collaborator and team member.
  3. To supervise the day-to-day work of junior staff, students and interns.
  4. To carry our routine administrative tasks associated with the research project to ensure it is completed on time and within budget as needed.
  5. To plan own day-to-day activity within framework of the agreed research programme to allow timely submission and acceptance of manuscripts for peer-review publication.
  6. To liaise with colleagues and students to build contacts, exchange information and form relationships for future collaboration.
  7. Disseminating the research at national and international conferences.
  8. Maintaining and updating the Unit’s freely available genomics resources website,


  1. Ph.D. in Molecular Ecology, Genomics, Computational Biology/Bioinformatics (or related topics).
  2. Experience with Next-Generation Sequencing datasets and experience assembling de novo transcriptomes and genomes.
  3. Computing experience, fluency in Linux/Unix, excellent knowledge in a programming language (Python, R, C/C++ etc). 


  1. Knowledge in marine ecology, fish biology/physiology and experience in managing collaborative projects.

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)
  • Cover letter summarizing research interests, professional experience and career goals
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Names and contact information of 3-5 referees, one of which should be a previous employer

How To Apply: 

Apply by emailing your Submission Documents to:

  • 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.
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Term: Full-time, fixed term appointment for 2 years. This contract may be renewed up to total of 3 years


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

Professor Timothy Ravasi/ Marine Climate Change Unit
メインキャンパス:沖縄県国頭郡恩納村字谷茶 1919-1
*Application will be closed once the position is filled.