Postdoctoral Researcher in Theoretical Quantum Mechanics with a Focus on Atom-Light Interactions

The Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology (OIST) Graduate University is a model for change in education and research with the best international graduate students, working side by side with world-class faculty in modern well-equipped laboratories. Beautifully situated on the island of Okinawa in Japan, OIST relies on a cross-disciplinary approach, with an emphasis on creativity and exchange, to offer unique, individualized graduate and post-doc training. OIST is a university with no departments, eliminating artificial barriers between people working in different fields, but many nationalities, with students and faculty being attracted from all over the world. OIST is bringing some of the best brains in the world to Okinawa to transform the way science  and education is done in the global academic world. 

Within the Quantum Systems Unit headed by Prof. Thomas Busch ( we have currently an opening for post-doctoral researcher in the area of theoretical quantum mechanics, with a focus on ultracold gases and nano-optics. The work will be carried out in close collaboration with Dr. Fam LeKien.


Candidates should have a Ph.D. in theoretical physics or a related discipline, be comfortable working in English, and have demonstrated a creative and independent-minded approach to research.

In particular we are looking for candidates with good skills in analytical and numerical calculations of the propagation of the electromagnetic field in a dielectric medium (waveguide).

Compensation and Benefits:

Successful candidates can expect competitive salary and significant benefits, including annual  paid leave, summer holidays, Private School Mutual Aid, commuting allowances and relocation allowances.


The appointment is initially for one year with the possibility of renewal for two more years, contingent on satisfactory performance.

Starting Date:  

From April 2021

Application Due Date:

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled

Application Materials: 

Letters of application, containing a CV, a short statement of research interests and contact information of a minimum of two referees should be send to Any questions can be addressed to

* OIST is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer and encourages applications from women.
* Information provided by applicants will be kept confidential. Documents will not be returned and prospective candidates may be notified for further information