Vacancies in the LMI Unit 

If you would like to join our unit as a PhD student, application must be made through the Graduate School.  Please contact us for more information about entry to the very competitive PhD programme that we offer here at OIST.  

1. Postdoctoral Scholar or Staff Scientist in the Light-Matter Interactions Unit (Reference #SNC09) - CLOSED TO APPLICATIONS

The Light-Matter Interactions Unit ( at OIST Graduate University invites applications for a postdoc or staff scientist on near-field optics and plasmonics for particle trapping, detection and life sciences applications. The focus of the project is on plasmonic nanoparticle trapping, with some opportunities to work on the orbital angular momentum of light.  Only candidates with related experience should apply.  

We are looking for a motivated researcher to join our multinational team on a well-funded, interdisciplinary research project in our NanoBioOptics Group.  You must hold a PhD in an experimentally related area, ideally with nanofabrication skills, and have prior postdoctoral experience.  Applicants for staff scientist should have several years of experience post PhD. Strong analytical and programming skills (LabVIEW, MATLAB, COMSOL, etc.) are desired.   Demonstrated ability to publish in high impact journals is an advantage.   You should be an excellent team player and be eager to assume day-to-day responsibilities within the Unit, including advancing our research goals and assisting with research student supervision.

Please send your application to  

Submission documents:

(i) a cover letter where you introduce yourself, your past research achievements and your future research goals

(ii) a full CV including undergraduate and postgraduate details and transcripts.

(iii) details of three academic referees who we can contact.   

The position is for 2 years with possible extension. Commencement date: Mid-2017. We offer a competitive salary, relocation & benefits package, including health insurance.

Deadline: We will continue to advertise until a suitable candidate is found.

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 2. Research  Technician in LMI Unit (Reference #SNC07) - CLOSED TO APPLICATIONS 
We have a vacancy for a research technician in the LMI Unit. The candidate should have at least a BSc in Physics or related area.  Candidates with an MSc or PhD are also welcome to apply.   Experience in electronics, nanofabrication and LabVIEW is required.  You will work as research support on some of our experiments on optical nanofibres and nanofabrication.   You will also be required to assist with other tasks appropriate for a technical appointment.   This position is initially for up to 2 years (depending on start date), with a possibility of extension as required.   Start date: As soon as possible.   Applications considered as they arrive and accepted until position filled.  

Further details available by emailing   Applications must include a  CV with full details/transcripts of qualifications and the names/ contact details of at least 2 referees.