In addition to the OIST Doctoral Program, seminars, and workshops, the OIST Graduate School offers education and research opportunities through a system of undergraduate and graduate placements as Research Interns. These short-term placements as a Research Intern give a select few talented students the opportunity to gain experience in a particular laboratory or to learn a specific technique. They work under the direction of a Professor at OIST and contribute to the research activities of OIST.
Places for Research Interns are awarded four times a year on a competitive basis, with the application period months in advance.
Those eligible to apply include students enrolled at graduate or undergraduate programs in universities, colleges, junior colleges, and vocational schools in Japan or overseas, or recent graduates of such institutions. Currently enrolled students must have approval from their home institution. If you are currently a student, please confirm with your institution.
The tenure of Research Intern placements is between 2 and 6 months, typically 10 to 12 weeks. Tenure will not normally be extended. Interns may not take extended leave during their time at OIST, and are expected to work full time on their project. Internships may begin and end at any time during the year, but application deadlines depend on the desired starting date of the internship (see below for details).
OIST provides living allowance, commuting support where necessary, and accommodation either on campus or nearby. Successful applicants will receive a Living Allowance of 2,400 JPY per day (weekends excluded) while at OIST.
OIST will pay for one direct roundtrip travel for Research Interns between the home university or institution and the research unit or other facility where the internship will take place (usually Okinawa). The travel dates must be as close as possible to the term of the placement. Travel for successful applicants is arranged by the OIST Graduate School.
The Student Support Section of the Graduate School will provide support for Research Interns at OIST with matters such as housing, visa acquisition, insurance procedures, and local registration. OIST regrets that support for dependents, family members, and persons other than the student is not available.
Research Intern places are awarded four times a year on a competitive basis. Deadlines for application are listed in the table below. Selection is highly competitive, and depends on suitability of the intended research, a student's academic background, and available funding and space. Professors accepting students under these programs will review the student’s qualifications, research capabilities, and academic training in a comprehensive manner. Information is available below regarding research units that can provide research intern positions in any year, and the type of projects offered. Please keep in mind that listed numbers indicate maximum availability, and only around 10% of the total open positions are filled in each round.
The applicant is notified of the receipt of an application, and then of the outcome of their application once a decision has been made. [As some of these notifications are automatically generated, please check your bulk or junk mail folders if you do not receive an expected notification to your inbox.] OIST Graduate School will send the application result by email, typically around 1-2 months after the submission deadline. For successful applicants, confirmation of internship participation must be made months in advance as ample time must be allowed for the issue of a visa and other necessary Japanese government documentation.
Required Application Materials
We suggest you first download this HANDY WORKSHEET to guide your preparation of the application, as you must enter all details in the application form at once and cannot resubmit an application. Please fill out and submit the following materials to apply for the program:
1) Curriculum Vitae Sheet - OIST CV SHEET
2) Personal Statement - STATEMENT SHEET
3) Academic Transcript - Upload a scan of your current academic transcript in PDF format. Unofficial partial transcripts are accepted.
4) Recommendation Letter - A letter of reference from an academic or research professional familiar with your work is required. Please consider that the request for a recommendation letter will not be sent until your application is submitted, so keep this in mind as you plan your application timeline. The application system will ask him/ her directly, using the email contact details that you provide. Depending on account settings, our automatically generated email may be filtered to junk or bulk mail, so in case of a delay, please notify him/ her to check beyond the inbox to insure timely processing of your recommendation letter. Please arrange for the consent of that person before submitting their details in the form. Be sure to also confirm the e-mail address before entering it in the web-form. Applicants will be automatically notified by the application system when a letter of recommendation is received.
5) ID Photo - Upload a recent photo, showing your face from the front in standard passport orientation (image must be in JPG format, and less than 5 MB).
Once you have obtained all the documents above, please attach and apply to the program through this APPLICATION FORM(close for now).
All application documents, including the letter of recommendation, must be sent by the deadline listed below for your intake dates. Application periods correspond to time ranges in which your internship starts. (The deadline for your application depends on the day you plan to start your internship. For example, if you plan to start May 1, your "Desired Starting Date" is in the range of Apr 1- Jun 30, so the deadline is Nov. 15).
Actual internship periods may include parts of two or more separate intake periods (for example, you could request an internship that lasts from March 1- May 10).
Desired Starting Date Range
|Jan 4 - Mar 31||Apr 1 - Jun 30||Jul 1 - Sep 30||Oct 1 - Dec 28|
|Application Period||Aug 1 - Sep 15||Oct 15 - Nov 15||Jan 15 - Feb 28||Apr 15 - May 31|
|Approximate Date of Result Announcement||mid to late October||mid to late December||late March to early April||early to mid July|
If you need any more information or assistance with your application, please contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org Do keep in mind that as we receive thousands of applications we are typically unable to honor special requests for extraordinary assistance, or make changes to submitted applications.
Applicants who intend to import biological or hazardous material for their research are urged to insure that such import is in compliance with all regulations of their home country, any country of transit, and of Japan, and to complete all necessary paperwork for importation well ahead of time.
Detailed regulations pertaining to matters of payment, intellectual property rights, attendance, health and safety, and other matters have been drawn up and will be made available to successful applicants.
2018 Availability and Projects
Units are not always able to accept interns due to varying availability of research space, supervision, etc.
Research Interests and Project Information
For more information on Research Activities, see http://www.oist.jp/research-units
Brain Mechanism for Behavior
No positions in 2018
|Projects available in behavioural neuroscience or in neuroanatomy|
|No positions in 2018-2019||
Fluid dynamics, experimental softmatter physics, nonequilibrium statistcal physics and biomechanics. For example,
|Thomas Bourguignon||Evolutionary Genomics||1 position maximum|
|Thomas Busch||Quantum Systems||
2 positions maximum
Projects of theoretical nature in the area of ultra cold atoms, quantum information and quantum engineering. Students should have a background in physics and during their time with us will get an overview of the current state of the area, and do analytical or numerical work on a project related to a currently ongoing research project, depending on their interest.
Fluid Mechanics (Unit Video)
1 position maximum
Projects in turbulent flows in many applications.
|Keshav Dani||Ultrafast Spectroscopy||
2 positions maximum
|Many applications of ultrafast spectroscopy and femtosecond lasers, including graphene research.|
|Erik De Schutter||Computational Neuroscience||1 position maximum||
Computational neuroscience, particularly modelling of cerebellar circuits and signalling.
Neural Computation (Unit Video)
|1 position maximum||
Projects in computational neuroscience and machine learning
Biodiversity and Biocomplexity (Unit Video)
|2 positions maximum||
Projects are related to evolution, ecology, biodiversity: population genetics, morphological evolution, biogeography, 3D imaging and modeling, community ecology of ants.
|Yejun Feng||Electronic and Quantum Magnetism||
1 position maximum
|Eliot Fried||Mathematics, Mechanics, and Materials||2 positions maximum||
Theory, simulation, and simple table-top experiments physical and biological processes with interesting geometrical or topological features, including Growth and coalescence of condensed droplets, Formation of ridges and cracks on tree bark, Healing of punctured soap films, and Water driven erosion of stone
|Gustavo Gioia||Continuum Physics||1 position maximum||Projects in solid mechanics in many applications|
|Izumi Fukunaga||Sensory and Behavioral Neuroscience|
|Shinobu Hikami||Mathematical and Theoretical Physics||2 positions maximum|
|Hiroki Ishikawa||Immune Signalling||1 position maximum|
|Denis Konstantinov||Quantum Dynamics||
2 positions maximum
|Julia Khusnutdinova||Coordination Chemistry and Catalysis||2 positions maximum||Modular ligand platforms for stabilization of transition metal complexes capable of multi-electron redox transformation.
Ligand-assisted aerobic oxidation and electrochemical reactivity of organometallic compounds, and spectroscopy thereof.
|Bernd Kuhn||Optical Neuroimaging||No positions in 2018|
|Paola Laurino||Protein Engineering and Evolution||2 positions maximum||Different projects on protein and metabolites evolution, e.g. protein engineering for biocatalysis or prebiotic chemistry. Requires some experience in organic chemistry or molecular biology or biochemistry.|
|Ichiro Maruyama||1 position maximum||
Projects in associative learning and memory in the nematode C. elegans.
|Ichiro Masai||Developmental Neurobiology||2 positions maximum||Eye development in the zebrafish as a model system of neural development.|
|Marine Biophysics||2 positions maximum||Marine biophysics, especially of the East China Sea and Western Pacific, with emphasis on currents and their effects on coral reef ecology.|
|Yasha Neiman||Quantum Gravity||No further positions in 2018||See unit website for details of the group’s research.|
|Síle Nic Chormaic||Light-Matter Interactions||2 positions maximum||Experimental work (with some simulations) in cold atoms, laser cooling, atomic spectroscopy, optical nanofibre mode propagation, optical trapping of submicron particles, nonlinear optics in whispering gallery resonators. The work is usually mainly experimental and preference given to students who can commit to longer internships (more than 3 months).|
|Fabian Pauly||Quantum Transport and Electronic Structure||1 position late 2018|
|Simone Pigolotti||Biological Complexity||1 position maximum|
|Yabing Qi||Energy Materials and Surface Sciences||2 positions maximum||
|Nori Satoh||Marine Genomics||1 position maximum|
|Hidetoshi Saze||Plant Epigenetics||1 position maximum|
|Nic Shannon||Theory of Quantum Matter||2 positions maximum|
|Amy Shen||1 position maximum||
Projects in Microfluidics and Nanofluidics (mixing, microfabrication, and hydrodynamics)
|Tsumoru Shintake||Quantum Wave Microscopy||1 position maximum|
|Ulf Skoglund||Structural Cellular Biology||1 position maximum|
Nanoparticles by Design (Unit Video)
|1 position maximum|
Cellular and Molecular Synaptic Function
|1 position maximum|
|Fujie Tanaka||Chemistry and Chemical Bioengineering||1 position maximum|
|Jun Tani||Cognitive Neurorobotics||1 position maximum||Projects related to cognitive neurorobotics. Longer periods preferred.|
|Gail Tripp||Human Developmental Neurobiology||2 positions maximum|
|Anastasiia Tsvietkova||Topology and Geometry of Manifolds Unit||1 position from mid- 2018||Projects in topology and computational topology, geometry and knot theory. Mathematics or computer science background/education/major is required.|
|Jeff Wickens||Neurobiology Research||1 position maximum|
|Matthias Wolf||Molecular Cryo-Electron Microscopy||1 position maximum|
|Tadashi Yamamoto||Cell Signalling||1 position maximum||
Projects in regulation of gene expression at the mRNA level, signaling in neuronal cells and cancer cells, and regulation of obesity using mouse models
|Mitsuhiro Yanagida||G0 Cell Unit||1 position maximum|
|Yoko Yazaki-Sugiyama||Neuronal Mechanisms for the Critical Period||1 position maximum|
Nucleic Acid Chemistry and Engineering
|2 positions maximum||
|Ye Zhang||Bioinspired Soft Matter||2 positions maximum||Tuning nano- or micro-structures through molecular manipulation
Design and synthesis of active matter