Postdoctoral Scholar Position in Sensory and Behavioural 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.

Researcher (Postdoctoral Scholar), Sensory and Behavioural Neuroscience Unit


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


We seek a highly motivated researcher who will investigate the circuit mechanisms underlying sensory processing. Projects will explore how inhibitory circuits in the olfactory bulb implement a variety of operations involved in olfactory representations, and how they are tuned dynamically according to the demands posed by the environment, as well as the animal’s own intent.

Responsibilities will include designing and conducting experiments using a variety of methods, such as in vivo and in vitro electrophysiology, two-photon microscopy, optogenetics and behavioural paradigms. Projects will involve liaising closely with the engineering support team to design custom devices and programs for experimentation, as well as the IT team to make use of OIST’s powerful cluster computing facility for analysis of large datasets. We seek someone who enjoys learning new techniques and is able to work independently and as a part of a team.



Applicants should have Ph.D. in a relevant field not limited only to neuroscience, but also including computer science, physics, mathematics and engineering. Knowledge and experience in neurophysiology and programming are desirable but not necessary. Applicants should be awarded Ph.D. within the last five years at the time they are hired by the OIST.


After 1st April 2017


Term: Full-time, appointment for 3 years with review at the end of the 1st year. 

Working hours: 9:00-17:30


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)


Please submit all required application materials by email to:
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Or send documents via post mail to:

Saeko Hedo (Ms), Sensory and Behavioural Neuroscience Unit Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University 1919-1, Onna, Onna-son, Okinawa 904-0495, Japan 


  1. Curriculum vitae with photograph
  2. Publication list (research papers and oral/poster presentation in scientific meetings)
  3. Brief description of your past work and short explanation of application’s reasons for applying (A4, 2 -3 pages)
  4. Two recommendation letters from Ph.D. mentor, past or current supervisors.


Applications deadline will continue until the position is filled.


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