Faculty Positions

2017 Open Faculty Positions

Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (www.oist.jp) invites applications for at least 6 new faculty positions as part of its planned expansion. Targeted areas for the current search are listed below; however, applications from strong candidates in other fields may be considered.

Chemistry: All areas of chemistry, including chemical biology, synthetic organic/inorganic chemistry, physical chemistry, and materials chemistry.

Computer Science: All areas of computer science, including machine learning, AI, robotics, algorithms, theory, software engineering, graphics, and visualization.

Cell Biology: All areas of cell biology, including cellular signaling, structural biology, stem cell biology, developmental biology, immunology, neurobiology, and the biology of cancer and other disease states at the cellular and molecular levels.

OIST seeks applicants with excellent scholarship and creativity. Successful candidates are expected to establish an active program of research, to supervise student research, and to teach in the graduate program. Generous research resources are provided, which may be supplemented with external grants. Appointments will be Tenure-Track or Tenured. Starting date is flexible.

OIST offers a world-class research environment with an international research community and opportunities for interdisciplinary research. Research and teaching are conducted in English. The campus is situated in a beautiful subtropical setting in Okinawa, Japan.

OIST is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity of faculty, students, and staff. OIST provides a family-friendly work environment, including a bilingual Child Development Center on campus. Applications from women and other underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged. See “OIST Equality and Diversity” (PDF).

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How to Apply

All applications must be submitted online with the following materials:

  1. Letter of intent
  2. Curriculum Vitae and publication list
  3. Summary of previous research (max. 5 pages)
  4. Research proposal (max. 5 pages)
  5. Teaching statement
  6. Three publications of note
  7. Names and contact details of 3 referees*

*Please note that OIST will immediately contact the referees by e-mail to request letters of reference which are due in two weeks from application submission. Applicants will be informed after OIST contacts their referees, and when those letters have been received. Applications cannot proceed until at least two referees have submitted letters.

Since the online application system does not allow temporary data storage, applicants should use the Application Worksheet (DOCX) to prepare all necessary information in advance. Data can then be copied into appropriate fields of the online Application Form.

Application Deadline

October 15, 2017

What Happens after Submission

After successfully submitting an online application for a faculty position at OIST, each applicant will receive an automatically-generated email confirming receipt of the application. Applicants who do not receive the confirmation email should contact faculty-recruiting@oist.jp.

  1. The OIST Search Committee will assess the merits of each application and will shortlist suitable applicants for interviews.
  2. Shortlisted applicants will be contacted by OIST recruiting personnel:
  • To schedule an interview, which will be held between January and March 2018.
  • To ask for names and contact details of external reviewers. Five reviewers are required for tenure-track positions and ten for tenured positions. Some or all these reviewers will be contacted by email for letters of reference. In order to achieve an objective evaluation, external reviewers should not be co-authors, mentors, or close colleagues.

For successful applicants, submitted information will be archived in OIST’s Human Resource records. For unsuccessful applicants, application materials will be retained for up to 12 months and then destroyed.

Contact and Inquiries

Inquiries should be directed to Professor Gordon Arbuthnott, Dean of Faculty Affairs, faculty-recruiting@oist.jp

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