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Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology

Post-doc position in genomics/bioinformatics

available at the Marine Eco-Evo-Devo Unit (Laudet’s Unit)


The Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST; see is a dynamic new graduate university of science and technology in Okinawa Prefecture, Japan. The university is located on 85 hectares of protected forestland overlooking beautiful shoreline and coral reefs. The campus is architecturally striking and the facilities are outstanding (OIST campus video tour). There are no academic departments, which facilitates multidisciplinary research. Outstanding resources and equipment are provided and managed to encourage easy access and collaboration. English is the official language of the University, and the university research community is fully international, with more than 50 countries represented. OIST is rapidly gaining recognition in the worldwide academic community as a model for excellence in education and research.

Position summary:
We seek a highly motivated post-doctoral fellow to join the Marine Evo-Evo-Devo Unit/Laudet’s Unit at OIST ( This unit uses coral reef fishes to better understand the role of hormones in life history transition, in particular metamorphosis. The applicant will carry out a research project on the role of hormones in local adaptation of fish populations using two model species: the Clark’s anemone fish (Amphiprion clarkii) and the convict surgeonfish (Acanthurus triostegus). The work will include massive effort in genome sequencing of local populations and the bioinformatic analysis of these data. In addition, transcriptomic analysis of developmental series from several locations will be carried out.

Working Location:
1919-1 Tancha, Onna-son, Okinawa, Japan 904-0495

1. PhD in Bioinformatics, Computational Biology or Genomics & Evolutionary Biology (or related topics).
2. Deep knowledge in genome science and bioinformatics.
3. Previous experience in analysing complete genome sequences, preferably from non-model organisms.
4. Proficient in Linux and R.
5. Good knowledge of Perl, python, database programming or web programming would be also desirable.
6. Good interpersonal skills and willing to work with a diverse group of people.
4. Fluency in English

1. Experience in using non classical fish model organisms
2. Experience in Genome Wide Association Studies (GWAS)
3. Good knowledge in Evo/Devo

Report to:
Professor Vincent Laudet

Starting Date:
First semester of 2021

Term & Working hours:
Term: Full-time, fixed term appointment for 2 years. This contract may be renewed

Compensation & Benefits:
Compensation in accordance with the OIST Employee Compensation Regulations

-    Relocation, housing and commuting allowances
-    Annual paid leave and summer holidays
-    Health insurance (Private School Mutual Aid )
-    Welfare pension insurance (kousei-nenkin)
-    Worker’s accident compensation insurance (roudousha-saigai-hoshou-hoken)

How to Apply:
Apply by emailing your Submission Documents to:
vincent.laudet [at]
(Please replace [at] with @ before using this email address)

Submission Documents:
-    Cover letter summarising research interests, professional experience and career goals
-    Curriculum vitae
-    Names and contact information of 3 referees, one of which should be a previous employer.

Application Due Date:
Open immediately (Applications will be screened upon arrival)
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Recent Publications of the lab in this area
Holzer G, Besson M, Lambert A, François L, Barth P, Gillet B, Hughes S, Piganeau G, Leulier F, Viriot L,  Lecchini D Laudet V. (2017) Larval fish recruitment to reefs is a thyroid hormone-mediated      metamorphosis sensitive to the pesticide chlorpyrifos. eLife, 30;6. pii: e27595.
Salis P, Roux N, Soulat O, Lecchini D, Laudet V. Frederich B. (2018) Ontogenetic and phylogenetic    simplification during white stripe evolution in clownfishes. BMC Biology, 16(1): 90.
Salis P, Lorin T, Laudet V, Frédérich B. Magic Traits in Magic Fish: Understanding Color Pattern     Evolution Using Reef Fish. Trends in Genetics. 2019, 35: 265-278
Salis P, Lorin T, Lewis V, Rey C, Marcionetti A, Escande ML, Roux N, Besseau L, Salamin N, Sémon M,  Parichy D, Volff JN, Laudet V. Developmental and comparative transcriptomic identification of     iridophore contribution to white barring in clownfish. Pigment Cell & Melanoma Research. 2019 32:  391-402.
Roux N, Salis P, Lambert A, Logeux V, Soulat O, Frederich B, Lecchini D and Laudet V. Staging and   normal table of post-embryonic development of the clownfish (Amphiprion ocellaris). Developmental  Dynamics, 2019, 248: 545-568.
Roux N, Lami R, Salis P, Magré, K, Romans P, Masanet P, Lecchini D and Laudet V. Sea anemone and   clownfish microbiota diversity and variation at the initial steps of the symbiosis. Scientific Reports.   2019, 9: 19491.
Besson M, Feeney WE, Moniz I, François L, Brooker RM, Holzer G, Metian M, Roux N, Laudet V, and  Lecchini D. Anthropogenic stressors impact fish sensory development and survival via thyroid     disruption. Nature Communication, 2020 11: 3614.