[Careers, Training, Awards and Funding] Graduate Student Position/Briefing Session

Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology (OIST) Graduate University
Postdoc position available

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 brains in the world to Okinawa to transform the way science and education is done in the global academic world.
Position summary:
We seek a motivated postdoc who will work in the Neuronal mechanism for critical period Unit (Principal Investigator: Yoko Yazaki-Sugiyama). Our research unit works on the brain mechanism for bird song learning. A successful candidate is expected to carry own projects which are in lines of our recent interests, such as 1) Auditory information processing and memory formation in zebra finch song learning (ref: Araki et al, Science 2016, 354: 1282-1287; Yanagihara & Yazaki-Sugiyama, 2016, Nat. Commun, doi: 10.1038/NCOMMS11946), 2) Neuronal mechanism how social interaction regulating memory formation and affect later cognitive behavior (ref: Yanagihara & Yazaki-Sugiyama 2018, Behav Process, 10.1016/j.beproc.2018.04.003; Katic et al, 2022, Nat Commun. doi: 10.1038/s41467-022-32207-1), 3) Neuronal mechanism for auditory memory guided vocal learning. However, other projects are also welcome with discussions.
Neuronal mechanism for critical period Unit (Principal Investigator: Yoko Yazaki-Sugiyama)
Working Location:
Onna-son, Okinawa, Japan
Ph. D. degree and communication skills in English or Japanese are required Experience in neurobiology or neuroscience field is required. Experiences in electrophysiology is advanced
Full-time, fixed term appointment for 3 years. Contract initially with 3 month probationary period (inclusive). 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 http://www.shigakukyosai.jp/), welfare pension insurance (kousei-nenkin), worker’s accident compensation insurance (roudousha-saigai-hoshou-hoken)
Submission Documents:
  • Curriculum vita in English (and Japanese if available)
  • Cover letter in English (and Japanese if available)
  • Names and contact information of 2~4 referees, one of which should be a previous employer
Starting Date:
As early as possible (negotiable)
Application Due Date:
Applications deadline will continue until the position is filled.
Application Address:
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