Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST)

Post-doctoral scholar


Tancha, Onna-son, Okinawa, Japan

OIST is a young, fast-growing research-oriented interdisciplinary graduate university, located on the tropical paradise island of Okinawa ( OIST relies on a cross-disciplinary approach, with an emphasis on creativity and exchange, to offer unique, individualized graduate training. Despite being a newcomer in the academic world, OIST was recently ranked as #10 in the world on Normalized Nature Index (

The Neuronal Rhythms in Movement (nRIM; unit at OIST is looking for an inspired applicant with a PhD in neuroscience, bioengineering, neuromechanics, biophysics or similar related field to lead a collaborative, generously-funded project exploring how abstract patterns of neuronal activity are translated into precisely-timed motor actions using rodents. Our main focus is on natural movements such as running on uneven surface, climbing and jumping that require continuous modulation of behavioral programs.

The successful applicant will be combining our novel, high-resolution 3D motion capture system with deep-brain imaging (Inscopix nVoke system) and optical/pharmacological manipulation to disentangle the circuitry mechanisms underlying fine motor control. The work will be conducted in tight collaboration with in vitro physiologists and anatomists, and complemented with computational approaches from our collaborators.

Working with nRIM at OIST offers impressive research infrastructure and access to state-of-the-art imaging facilities as well as scientific computing. Importantly, we are dedicated to training early-career scientists for their best possible future and offer high-level professional and career development in form of personalized counseling, workshops and seminars, in addition to extensive opportunities for travel and networking within academia and industry as well as coaching in grant-writing.

To ensure perfect fit to the group, shortlisted applicants will be invited to visit OIST for a 3-day interview meeting before any decisions are made.


  • A PhD (obtained within last 5 years) in relevant field
  • A record of research and publication activity is required.
  • Motivation and capability to learn new methods such as calcium imaging and animal training
  • nRIM is a team endeavor; thus, ability to work effectively with a group is a must.
  • Capabilities related to managing complex data, record-keeping, and planning experimental schedules are indispensable.

Salary and benefits, health care and relocation support to Okinawa will be offered at a competitive rate based on age and experience. OIST provides dedicated mentoring services to ascertain best possible career development for researchers at all stages. The working language at all operational levels is English, and Japanese language classes are offered on-site free of charge. OIST strongly encourages applications from women and other under-represented groups. Whenever possible, OIST will attempt to help in finding employment for the employee’s partner.

To apply, please send a cover letter describing the source of your motivation for this position, CV & publications list, as well as contact information for 2 referees to by September 30th, 2019.


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Post-doctoral scholar