[Careers, Training, Awards and Funding] Call for Applicants

Postdoc Researcher or Staff Scientist in OIST Memory Research Unit
(PI:Kazumasa Z. Tanaka)

The position
The Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST; see www.oist.jp) is a dynamic new graduate university of science and technology in Okinawa Prefecture, Japan. The university is located on 85 hectares of protected forestland overlooking beautiful shoreline and coral reefs. The campus is striking architecturally, and the facilities are outstanding (OIST campus video tour). There are no academic departments, which facilitates multidisciplinary research. Outstanding resources and equipment are provided and managed to encourage easy access and collaboration. English is the official language of the University, and the university research community is fully international, with more than 50 countries represented. OIST is rapidly gaining recognition in the worldwide academic community as a model for excellence in education and research.
OIST Memory Research Unit (PI: Kazumasa Z. Tanaka) actively seeks a postdoc researcher or a staff scientist. Using mice, our unit aims to understand neuronal/physiological mechanisms of memory. Currently, our approaches include extracellular recording (e.g., tetrode)/Ca2+ imaging in freely moving mice, combined with genetic interventions and behavior. A successful candidate is expected to have a strong background in electrophysiology (preferably in the hippocampus) in freely-moving or head-fixed animals. After joining the unit, the candidate will contribute to ongoing lab projects and a new project developed through discussions with the PI.
Research and other research-related duties; assistance in student supervision
  • Ph.D. in neuroscience or a related field
  • Peer-reviewed publications
  • Prior experience in experimental neuroscience
  • Prior experience in in vivo electrophysiology
Compensation and Benefits
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)
Submission documents
  • CV including names of 2 referees.
  • A summary of your research interests (1 page).
  • A statement describing 1) your experimental and other academic skills and 2) your career perspective.
Starting Date
May 2024 (negotiable)
How to apply
Working hours
Application due date
Application will be closed once the position is filled.