The Nanoparticles by Design Unit welcomes applications from qualified individuals.

For current position listings, please also refer to the OIST Careers page.

About OIST

The founding mission of OIST centers on creating a best-in-class international institute in Japan, by providing world class laboratory infrastructure, using English as daily operational language, and fostering interdisciplinary interaction across traditional boundaries in science. Further information can be found on our website [1]. Additionally, OIST has been profiled in numerous global publications such as Science, Nature and The Economist [2-5].

About the Nanoparticles by Design research unit

The Nanoparticles by Design research unit has been set up under the direction of Prof. Mukhles Sowwan [6]. Nanoparticles are an exciting class of materials, given their enhanced surface area, size-dependent properties, and potential for biomedical and healthcare applications. Research activities at our unit include design & modeling of nanoparticles, nanoparticle fabrication using gas-aggregated sputtering, and integration of these nanoparticles into innovative technologies. New, leading edge facilities are installed in-house for nanoparticle fabrication, characterization (TEM, XPS, XRD, AFM, etc.), as well as a fully equipped cleanroom facility including electron-beam lithography and Atomic Layer Deposition (ALD).

[1] OIST official website, www.oist.jp.
[2] Windfall for Tiny University With Outsized Ambitions, Science 342 no. 6155 p. 182 (2013).
[3] Okinawa goes recruiting, Nature 474, 553 (2011).
[4] Made in Japan, Nature 474, 541–542 (2011).
[5] Where Rats and Robots Play, The Economist (26 Nov 2011).
[6] Build-a-nanoparticle, OIST website: http://www.oist.jp/news-center/news/2013/11/6/build-nanoparticle


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1. Postdoctoral Scholar Position on Transmission Electron Microscopy Characterization of Nanomaterials


The main task of the postdoctoral scholar is to characterize nanomaterials/nanostructures using transmission electron microscopy, and to contribute to publications of high scientific impact.


1- Ph.D. in physics, chemistry, materials science, or equivalent discipline.

2- Proven experience with TEM characterization techniques.

3- High English language competence. Proven experience with manuscript preparation.

 4- Experience with environmental transmission electron microscopy (ETEM) and/or in situ electrochemistry is highly desirable.


Full-time, fixed term appointment for 1 year with possibility of extension for three years. Contract initially with 3 month probationary period (inclusive).

Starting Date 

As early as possible

Working Hours 

9:00-17:30 (discretionary)


In accordance with the OIST Employee Compensation Regulation.


  • Relocation, housing and commuting allowances
  • Annual paid leave and summer holidays
  • Health insurance (Private School Mutual Aid http://www.shigakukyosai.jp/), welfare pension insurance (kousei-nenkin), worker’s accident compensation insurance (roudousha-saigai-hoshou-hoken)

Submission Documents 

  • Curriculum vitae in English (and Japanese, if available)
  • Cover letter in English (and Japanese, if available)

Application Due 

Consideration of applications will continue until the position is filled.