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The deadline has passed for 2016, and we are no longer accepting applications.


2016 Open Faculty Positions

The Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University invites applications for at least 5 new faculty positions as part of its planned expansion. Targeted areas for the current search include*:


Chemical Biology; Materials Chemistry (including Polymer Chemistry, Metal-Organic Frameworks)

Life Sciences

Cell Biology; Theoretical Biology; Behavioral Learning Theory


Discrete Mathematics; Computational Sciences; Big Data Analysis


Quantum Information; Ultracold Physics; Condensed Matter; Cosmology/Gravitational Waves

We are seeking applicants with excellent scholarship and creativity. Successful candidates are expected to establish an active program of research, supervise student research and 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.

*Applications from strong candidates in other fields may be considered.

The OIST Graduate University is an equal opportunity educator and employer committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty, students and staff through proactive policies. We provide a family-friendly working environment, including a bilingual child development center on campus. Applications from women and other underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged. See the Gender Equality Division website.

Download advertisement (English (PDF)) (Japanese (PDF))

How to Apply

All applications for employment must be submitted using the online application form. OIST does not accept emailed or mailed applications. An application is not considered complete unless items 1-6 below (in PDF format) are submitted with the application form.

  1. Letter of intent
  2. Curriculum vitae
  3. Summary of previous research
  4. Research proposal
  5. Teaching statement
  6. Three publications of note

Since the online application system does not allow temporary data storage, use the Application Worksheet (DOCX) to prepare all necessary information in advance. Once you have filled out the worksheet, copy the data into the appropriate fields of the online Application Form.

Application Deadline

A completed application and all supporting documents should be uploaded no later than Noon on Monday, October 24, 2016 (any time zone).

What Happens after Submission

When you have successfully submitted an online application for a faculty position at OIST, you will receive an automatically-generated email confirming receipt of your application. If you do not receive the confirmation email, please contact faculty-recruiting@oist.jp.

  1. OIST Search Committee will assess the merits of each application and will shortlist applicants for interview.
  2. If you are shortlisted, OIST recruiting personnel will contact you:
    • To schedule an interview which will be held between January and March 2017.
    • To ask for the names and contact details of 5 referees for tenure-track position or 10 referees for tenured position. Some or all the referees will be contacted by email for a letter of reference. Referees should not be co-authors, mentors or close working colleagues so as to acquire an objective evaluation.

If your application is successful, the information you provided will be archived in OIST’s Human Resources records. If unsuccessful, your information 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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