Job Openings

Opening for Postdoc Scholar or Staff Scientist

The Theory of Quantum Matter Unit (TQM) at the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST) is seeking to recruit a Postdoctoral Scholar or Staff Scientist.

The TQM Unit carries research in the broad area of condensed matter theory, making use of both numerical and analytic techniques.  Themes currently represented include, topological aspects of magnetism, quantum spin liquids, statistical mechanics, machine learning, unconventional magnetic excitations, algorithmic aspects of quantum computing, and the physics of water.  However application from strong candidates with complementary interests are equally welcome.  The group also maintains strong links with experimental groups developing and studying new quantum materials.  

Postdocs in the TQM Unit are expected to engage in creative, curiosity-driven research, and are encouraged to develop their own independent interests, as well as collaborating with existing group members. Staff scientists are expected to pursue their own research agenda with a high level of independence, while providing support to less-experienced Unit members. 

Postdoctoral positions will normally be held for a period of three years, and are paid a standard OIST scale, with additional benefits including health insurance, access to on-site child care, support for relocation and a housing allowance.  Start dates are negotiable.

Candidates are invited to apply through the website AcademicJobsOnline:

Materials required are a CV with publication list; a cover letter (1-2 pages), briefly outlining the candidate’s accomplishments and ambitions for future research; and copies of 2-3 papers (or preprints) representing the candidate’s most interesting work to date.

Candidates should also arrange for a minimum of three letters of recommendation to be uploaded on their behalf.

For primary consideration, please submit all materials by 15th January, 2023.  Applications arriving later than this will be considered until the post is filled.


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


The TQM group also 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