Postdoctoral Scholar/ Computational Neuroscience 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.

 Position summary 

Postdoctoral Scholar position in reconstruction, analyzing and modeling dendritic morphology and growth.

Postdoctoral Scholar position is available in the Computational Neuroscience Unit of Prof. Erik De Schutter at the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University, Japan.



Postdoctoral Scholar

Computational Neuroscience Unit


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


The hired postdoctoral scholar is expected to make valuable contributions to the STEPS project ( in two ways: 1) by researching molecular neuronal processes and designing novel techniques and routines for accurate computational modeling of such systems, and 2) contributing to realistic applications of the new techniques in biological modeling studies. In performing these tasks, the candidate is expected to contribute to publications that are either based on theory and computational techniques, or geared more towards answering real biological questions through computational modeling. As such the ideal candidate will have a scientific background but also possess good programming skills.


For the postdoctoral Scholar position a recent PhD is required in a relevant discipline such as neuroscience, molecular biology, biophysics, biochemistry.

We require a talented programmer with experience in C++ and Python. In satisfying these criteria, it is expected that the candidate has some experience of modeling neuronal or other biological processes computationally, but this is not essential if the candidate has a strong enough interest in moving into the field.  Fluent English conversation and writing skills are required.


On or after April 1, 2018


Term: Full-time, fixed term appointment for 2 years contract initially. This contract may be renewed.

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


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)


Apply by emailing your Submission Documents to:
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  1. Curriculum vita in English
  2. A summary of research interests and experience
  3. Names and contact information of 3 referees

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Applications deadline will continue until the position is filled.


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