Two Postdoctoral Positions, Biological Complexity (Pigolotti) Unit
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The Biological Complexity Unit at the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology (OIST), Japan, headed by Prof. Simone Pigolotti, is seeking to hire two outstanding postdocs. The research unit studies biological systems using theoretical methods from statistical physics. One of our main research topics is the study of DNA replication and other information-processing mechanisms in bacteria. Our other research interests include population dynamics of microbial organisms and the non-equilibrium thermodynamics of biological systems. Please see our website https://groups.oist.jp/bcu/research for more information.
To pursue research projects in the Biological Complexity Unit, in collaboration with the PI and other unit members. Postdoctoral scholars are also expected to participate in training and mentorship of Ph.D. students and other unit staff.
A Ph.D. in theoretical biophysics, statistical physics, mathematical biology or related topics, excellent analytical/computational skills, and willingness to collaborate with experimental groups.
Experience in bioinformatics and in the unit’s specific research topics
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)
- Access to Child Development Center
- Access to Schooling Options
- Language Education
- Resource Center (Daily Life Support in Okinawa)
CV, a cover letter and a brief statement of research interests combined in a single PDF file to firstname.lastname@example.org and arrange for at least two recommendation letters.
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Full-time, fixed term appointment for 2 years. Contract initially with 3-month probationary period (inclusive). This contract may be renewed.