Kanazawa University (KU)

Master/PhD students in Cell Biology, Developmental Biology, Biophysics, and Biomechanics

Kanazawa University

Kanazawa, Japan

We are seeking Master / PhD students in Cell biology, Developmental biology, Biophysics, and Biomechanics

Research Group

Our laboratory studies the shaping of living organisms that are important to basic science and medicine, which underlie the development of the human body and disease. Our focus is on the mechanics in cells and tissues, which are the key elements in the formation of individual organs and the body as a whole. We use unique 2D/3D culture systems of mouse and human pluripotent stem cells, as well as novel computational methods to predict the 3D dynamics of multicellular systems. This interdisciplinary approach has enabled us to quantitatively analyze cell-cell interactions. Based on the above interests and approaches, we are striving for a new understanding of biological structures.

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Your Qualifications

・ Highly creative and highly motivated candidate with excellent knowledge of either biology, physics, or mathematics.

・ Able to communicate clearly and fluently in English.

・ For Master program: Acquired or expected undergraduate degree.

・ For PhD program: Acquired or expected master’s degree.


・ Fellowship & Salary:Master: 130,000 JPY (about 1,250 USD) per month up to 2 years

 PhD: 180,000 JPY (about 1,700 USD) per month up to 3 years (Master students will basically go on to the PhD program)

・ Full Tuition Exemption (depending on your program, academic performance, and financial situation)

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Admission period

October 2021 (Fall) and April 2022 (Spring)

How to Apply?

Send an email to NanoLSI office (nanolsi-jobs[at]adm.kanazawa-u.ac.jp) with the following documents attached.

・ A cover letter (to “Satoru Okuda”) including your research interests and training

・ Your detailed CV

After that, the application procedure to the institute is required. The deadline for application procedures is around mid-June 2021. The application guidelines will be released around early April 2021.

Contact for questions

Send an email to NanoLSI office (nanolsi-jobs[at]adm.kanazawa-u.ac.jp).

Nano LSI, Kanazawa University

Nano Life Science Institute (NanoLSI), Kanazawa University is a research center established in 2017 as part of the World Premier International Research Center Initiative (WPI) of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) in Japan. The aim of this initiative is to form world-tier research centers. Kanazawa University is a top-level university that has long been a leader in research and education in Japan. Its roots lie in a local vaccination institute established in 1862. This institute became the source of Kanazawa Medical College, and in 1949, Forth High School and other prestigious schools were integrated to form Kanazawa University. Since then, Kanazawa University has been a leader among universities located along the Sea of Japan.

See the introductory articles in Nature:



Kanazawa City

The city of Kanazawa is full of the overlooked jewels of Japanese culture. The cityscape developed around Kanazawa Castle depicts the beauty of Japanese seasons, with cherry blossom in spring and snow in winter. You can enjoy walking on the old street and exploring Ninja’s hideout (at Myoru-ji Temple). Since the city is famous as the hometown of traditional art crafts such as gold leaf and porcelain, there are a lot of small shops where you can find the elaborate works. It is also where you can experience modern art (at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art) or meditation (at D.T. Suzuki Museum). The local food, especially seafood, will definitely capture you. Sushi in Kanazawa is surely one of the specialties you must try in Japan. Everything you will expect in a Japanese city is all here in Kanazawa.

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Master/PhD students in Cell Biology, Developmental Biology, Biophysics, and Biomechanics