Postdoctoral Scholar (Chemical/Synthetic Biology of Nucleic Acids)

Postdoctoral Scholar (Chemical/Synthetic Biology of Nucleic Acids)

Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology (OIST)

Onna, Japan

Postdoctoral scholar positions are available to conduct research in the Nucleic Acid Chemistry and Engineering Unit headed by Prof. Yohei Yokobayashi at Okinawa, Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST).

OIST is a young and growing university with no departments, eliminating artificial barriers between people working in different fields. OIST is an international research university where English is used as the official language of business and instruction, and majority of students, researchers, and faculty are from outside Japan.

LOCATION: 1919?1 Tancha, Onna?son, Okinawa, Japan 904-0495


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Well qualified candidates with backgrounds in chemistry or life sciences, experimental or computational, who are interested in applying their expertise to “design” functional nucleic acids (DNA, RNA, and artificial nucleic acids) will be considered. The common thread is functional nucleic acid design: development of methods to design and analyze functional nucleic acids, and applications of functional nucleic acids in vitro and in various cells and organisms are representative research topics. The candidate should be self-motivated and creative. We welcome researchers with diverse academic and cultural backgrounds.

Some examples of relevant topics include: artificial cells, synthetic riboswitches (bacterial, mammalian, or other organisms), ribozyme engineering, RNA world, directed evolution, DNA/RNA (e.g. strand-displacement) circuits, viral vectors, gene therapy, stem cells, synthetic biology

AVAILABLE RESOURCES: OIST researchers have access to various state-of-the-art instruments and technologies at OIST and within the Unit. Those who can take full advantage of the resources are encouraged to apply. Examples include: next-generation sequencers, cell sorters, imaging cell cytometer, microfuidic emulsion generator/sorter, AFM, ITC, SPR, and microscopy core facility.

RESPONSIBILITIES: The postdoctoral scholar is expected to engage in research, disseminate the research results in publications and conference presentations, and contribute to laboratory maintenance.

QUALIFICATIONS: Candidate should have a Ph.D. in a relevant field. Sufficient written and oral communication skills in English to function in an international research environment are required. We seek self-motivated, hard-working, and creative junior researchers who are willing to take on challenging projects.

TERM: Full-time, fixed term appointment for 1 year, with the possibility of renewal.

STARTING DATE: Around June-August 2019, negotiable

COMPENSATION: In accordance with the OIST Employee Compensation Regulation.


- Relocation, housing and commuting allowances

- Annual paid leave and summer holidays

- Health insurance (Private School Mutual Aid), welfare pension insurance, worker’s accident compensation insurance

- Extensive support for international scholars to adapt to life in Okinawa, including assistance with relocation, childcare, and healthcare.


Please submit the following documents in English or Japanese in PDF files to

1. Cover letter

2. Curriculum Vitae along with the contact information for two or more references

3. Brief summary of current and previous research

APPLICATION DUE: Applications are accepted until the positions are filled.

EMAIL ADDRESS: Applications and inquiries should be addressed to:


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Postdoctoral Scholar (Chemical/Synthetic Biology of Nucleic Acids)