Job Openings

Postdoc positions in condensed matter theory

There are several openings for postdoctoral researchers available in the newly established Quantum Transport and Electronic Structure Theory Unit (QTESTU) at Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST).

Research in the QTESTU is headed by Prof. Fabian Pauly and covers a broad range of topics in condensed matter theory. Work ongoing or planned is related to quantum transport of charge and heat, molecular electronics and nanoelectronics, nanoscale thermoelectricity and nanophononics, magnetic nanostructures, current-induced atomic motion, two-dimensional materials, polaron transport, electronic correlations, superconductivity, excited states and hot carrier dynamics. We address these problems by using both analytical and numerical techniques of solid-state physics. Typically, we model material-specific aspects through ab-initio electronic structure theory, in particular density functional theory and many-body perturbation theory. We actively develop electronic structure methods to make advances in the description of the systems and in the properties mentioned above. In addition, we pursue the general goal to close existing gaps between solid-state and quantum-chemistry communities. Beyond purely theoretical projects, the research unit maintains close collaborations with leading experimental groups in the respective research fields.

Applicants are ideally expected to have both a strong analytical and numerical background, including experience with development and application of ab-initio electronic structure techniques. But also strong candidates with exclusive experience in either analytics or numerics will be considered.

Start date is as early as possible. Postdoctoral positions will normally be held for a period of 3 years. OIST pays on a competitive scale with additional benefits including health insurance, access to on-site child care, support for relocation and housing allowance.

To apply, please send the following documents to

  • cover letter (1-2 pages), stating your motivation to apply, your research interests and goals,
  • curriculum vitae, including publication list,
  • BSc, MSc and PhD certificates, including grades,
  • contact information of at least 2 referees, one of which should be a previous employer.

Applications will be considered until the posts are filled.

OIST Graduate University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action educator and employer, and is committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty, students and staff. The university strongly encourages women and minority candidates to apply.

Special ad for 2D materials: Postdocs_2D_OIST_2018.pdf

Further details on positions: Postdocs_QTESTU_OIST_2018.pdf
Further details about the QTESTU:
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PhD positions

The Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology is a Graduate University, offering a fully-funded PhD program. PhD candidates interested in joining the QTESTU are warmly encouraged to apply here. Informal enquiries can be addressed to


The QTESTU accepts visiting students, typically for periods ranging from 3 to 6 months. These can be funded through the OIST internship program. Informal enquiries can be addressed to