According to OIST policy library, initial appointments [of a Postdoctoral Scholar] may be up to three years, with extensions to a fourth year being possible and to a fifth year only by extreme exception. The fundamental definition of a Postdoctoral Scholar at the University is as follows:
- The appointee has been awarded a PhD or equivalent doctorate (e.g., DSc, MD) in an appropriate field within the past 5 years (circumstances like childbirth or illness could warrant an exception).
- The appointment is “Fixed-term” without renewal, which means that it is a temporary appointment normally for 3 years and cannot exceed 5 years.
- The appointment involves full-time research and scholarship.
- The appointment is viewed as preparatory for an independent, full-time academic or research career.
- The appointee works under the supervision of a faculty member.
- The appointee is expected to, and may be supported to, publish the results of their research during the training period.
- The appointee may be involved with the pre-thesis and thesis work of students working in the Research Unit of their supervising Professor.
Guidelines for advertising positions, appointment benefits, and other essential elements for Postdoctoral Scholars will be provided to the Faculty by the Dean of Faculty Affairs.” For more details, please have a look at OIST policy library.
Please have a look at the HR Guidebook on Living in Okinawa; it gives you an overview of regulations, services provided by OIST, and other post-arrival considerations and relevant information.
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