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Interdisciplinary Postdoc Scholar Fellowship

Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University
Japan (JP)
Closing date
Oct 24, 2021

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General / Technical
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Full time
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The Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST) is currently accepting applications for the Spring 2022 Interdisciplinary Postdoctoral Fellowship program. 

About the Fellowship: 

The Interdisciplinary Postdoctoral Scholar Fellowship (IPSF) program is a new initiative for talented early career researchers from all over the world. The Fellowship provides a unique opportunity to advance researchers' academic careers by conducting full-time interdisciplinary research and training with OIST faculty and respective research units. Prospective Fellows should contact PI's of OIST units that they wish to work with and establish, at some minimum level, feasibility of their research plan before applying.

Who we are looking for:

  • a Ph.D. and 1-3 years post PhD experience
  • Excellent scientific achievements in the area of study.
  • Ability to conduct independent research under the mentorship of OIST faculty
  • Interdisciplinary research project complementary to the research areas pursued by OIST
  • Previous work in an international environment is preferred

What we offer: 

  • Rich interdisciplinary research 
  • International, diverse and inclusive work environment
  • Competitive salary, benefits and discretionary research budget
  • Ability to select a unit to conduct your research
  • Opportunities for professional and career development 


  • Relocation to Okinawa, 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)

Application Documents: 

  • Cover Letter
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • List of publications – highlighting two relevant and impactful papers
  • Research statement includes:
  • detailed research plan describing new interdisciplinary collaborations
  • plan between two OIST research units
  • how the candidate’s project will complement OIST research programs
  • explanation of how the candidate will benefit from the Fellowship
  • research budget specifications
  • Letters of support from two OIST Principal Investigators with clearly outlined and measurable research and mentorship responsibilities towards the Fellow
  • Letters of Recommendation

Host units: The list of faculty members is found here:

Number of positions: 3

Selection process: 

  • Fall 2021 - The applications are submitted, evaluated and interviewed
  • Fall 2021 - Offers are made to the selected candidates
  • Spring and Fall 2022 - the Fellows arrive at OIST 

About OIST:

The Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University ( 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 striking architecturally, and the facilities are outstanding (OIST - University of the Future). 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 interdisciplinary research.


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.
Information provided by applicants or references will be kept confidential, documents will not be returned. All applicants will be notified regarding the status of their applications.
Please view OIST policy for rules on external professional activities.
Further details about the University can be viewed on the OIST website:

To learn more about the application process and to submit applications:

Contact information: Send queries to with the subject line [Postdoc Fellowship]

Applicants should submit the above-mentioned application material and the desired period of visit. Applications received by October 15, 2021, are guaranteed full consideration.


The Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST) is an interdisciplinary graduate school offering a 5-year PhD program in Science.

OIST was founded by the Japanese government to contribute to science and technology worldwide, attract leading researchers from Japan and abroad to conduct high-quality research, advance the development of a world-class research hub, and nucleate a knowledge cluster that will catalyze technology transfer and industrial innovation in Okinawa.

Unique in Japan

Over half of the faculty and students are recruited from outside Japan, and education and research are conducted entirely in English.

There are no departments, and courses are not restricted to a single discipline. Even the architecture and campus organization reinforce this emphasis on interdisciplinary research by populating each lab building with a variety of different specialties and facilities.

Each faculty member, including assistant and associate professors, lead independent research units and are responsible for their own research agenda.

With independent governance from the Private Schools Act and public funding under the sponsorship of the Cabinet Office, OIST is run as a private university under the stewardship of the Board of Governors, the membership of which includes Nobel Laureates and global leaders in science, business, and education. The Board of Counselors also provides university leadership with an additional range of international and domestic perspectives.

Guiding Principles

Globally Recognized: We want to be globally recognized for world-leading cross-disciplinary research that benefits humanity.

Destination of Choice: We want to be the destination of choice to work, learn and collaborate, linking science to education leading to innovation and entrepreneurship, supported by an efficient administration.

Partner of Choice: We want to be the partner of choice for innovation and a catalyst in Okinawa, promoting economic growth and sustainable benefits, addressing problems important to Japanese and global society.

Vision, Values, and Mission

 Our Vision: The advancement of knowledge for the benefit of humanity


Our Values: We abide by a core set of values that underpin everything that we do: Excellence, Respectfulness, Responsibility, Transparency, Sustainability, Diversity, Courage and Freedom.

Our Mission: We are a pioneering graduate university. We conduct research that bridges disciplines to explore new frontiers of scientific knowledge. We educate a new generation of scientific leaders. We are a catalyst for an innovation hub in Okinawa.

For more information about OIST ideals and guiding principles, please see the Strategic Plan.

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