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 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 application typically six 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.
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.
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) whilst 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.
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 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. Research units that can provide research intern positions in any year, and some information on the type of projects available, are described below.
The applicant is notified of the receipt of an application, and then of the outcome of their application once a decision has been made. OIST Graduate School will send the application result by email, and please be noted that 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 helpful; the application system will ask them directly. Please arrange for the consent of that person before submitting their details in the form.
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(closed for now).
All application documents, including the letter of recommendation, must be sent by the deadlines.
Desired Starting Date
|Jan 4 - Mar 31 (Closed)||Apr 1 - Jun 30 (To be opened soon)||Jul 1 - Sep 30 (Closed)||Oct 1 - Dec 28 (Closed)|
|Application Deadline||Sep 15||Nov 15||Feb 28||May 31|
|Approximate Date of Result Announcement||Oct 15||Dec 15||Mar 28||July 1|
If you need any more information or assistance with your application, please contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Applicants who intend to import biological or hazardous material for their research are urged to ensure 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 Avaiability and Projects
Not all units are always available due to availability of research space or supervision at different times.
interns per quarter
Research Interests and Project Information
For more information on Research Activities, see http://www.oist.jp/research-units
Brain Mechanism for Behavior
|Projects available in behavioural neuroscience or in neuroanatomy|
Fluid dynamics, experimental softmatter physics, nonequilibrium statistcal physics and biomechanics. For example,
|Thomas Bourguignon||Evolutionary Genomics Unit||1 position|
|Thomas Busch||Quantum Systems||
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.
|Pinaki Chakraborty||Fluid Mechanics||1 position||
Projects in turbulent flows in many applications.
|Keshav Dani||Ultrafast Spectroscopy||2 positions||Many applications of ultrafast spectroscopy and femtosecond lasers, including graphene research.|
|Erik De Schutter||Computational Neuroscience||1 position||
Computational neuroscience, particularly modelling of cerebellar circuits and signalling.
|Kenji Doya||Neural Computation||1 position||
Projects in computational neuroscience and machine learning
|Evan Economo||Biodiversity and Biocomplexity||2 positions||
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 Unit||1 position|
|Eliot Fried||Mathematics, Mechanics, and Materials Unit||2 positions||
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||Projects in solid mechanics in many applications|
Next-generation sequencing, Metagenomics, Gene expression analysis, Functional genomics, Biological network reconstruction
|Izumi Fukunaga||Sensory and Behavioral Neuroscience Unit|
|Shinobu Hikami||Mathematical and Theoretical Physics||2 positions|
|Hiroki Ishikawa||Immune Signalling||1 position|
|Denis Konstantinov||Quantum Dynamics||
|Julia Khusnutdinova||Coordination Chemistry and Catalysis||2 positions||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||1 position|
|Paolo Laurino||Protein Engineering and Evolution Unit||1 position|
|Ichiro Maruyama||Information Processing Biology||1 position||
Projects in associative learning and memory in the nematode C. elegans.
|Ichiro Masai||Developmental Neurobiology||2 positions||Eye development in the zebrafish as a model system of neural development.|
|Alexander Mikheyev||Ecology and Evolution||No positions in 2018||
|Marine Biophysics||1 position||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 Unit||1 position|
|Síle Nic Chormaic||Light-Matter Interactions||2 positions||
Previous projects have included theoretical modelling on whispering gallery mode resonators, design of a confocal microscope, automation of laser cooling timing sequences, PID temperature control system for vacuum bake out, electronic sensors for water leakage detection in laser stabilization, optical tweezers construction, and measurement of mode excitation in whispering gallery mode resonators.
|Fabian Pauly||Quantum Transport and Electronic Structure Unit||1 position late 2018|
|Simone Pigolotti||Biological Complexity Unit||1 position|
|Yabing Qi||Energy Materials and Surface Sciences||2 positions||
|Nori Satoh||Marine Genomics||1 position|
|Hidetoshi Saze||Plant Epigenetics||1 position|
|Nic Shannon||Theory of Quantum Matter||2 positions|
|Amy Shen||Micro/Bio/Nanofluidics||1 position||
Projects in Microfluidics and Nanofluidics (mixing, microfabrication, and hydrodynamics)
|Tsumoru Shintake||Quantum Wave Microscopy||1 position|
|Ulf Skoglund||Structural Cellular Biology||1 position|
|Mukhles Sowwan||Nanoparticles by Design||1 position|
Cellular and Molecular Synaptic Function
|Fujie Tanaka||Chemistry and Chemical Bioengineering||1 position|
|Jun Tani||Cognitive Neurorobotics||1 position||Projects related to cognitive neurorobotics. Longer periods preferred.|
|Gail Tripp||Human Developmental Neurobiology||2 positions|
|Davie Van Vactor||Formation and Regulation of Neural Connectivity||No positions in 2018|
|Jeff Wickens||Neurobiology Research||1 position|
|Matthias Wolf||Molecular Cryo-Electron Microscopy||1 position|
|Tadashi Yamamoto||Cell Signalling||1 position||
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|
|Yoko Yazaki-Sugiyama||Neuronal Mechanisms for the Critical Period||1 position|
Nucleic Acid Chemistry and Engineering
|Ye Zhang||Bioinspired Soft Matter||2 positions||Tuning nano- or micro-structures through molecular manipulation
Design and synthesis of active matter