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Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University
Japan (JP)
Depends on years of experience, rank, and current salary
Closing date
Oct 31, 2023

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Experience a new model of scientific freedom in an innovative university.

The Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology ( is an English-speaking and dynamic graduate-only university in Japan. We are inviting applications for tenure-track and tenured faculty positions.

We provide:

  • Sustained funding for your scientific vision
  • Fully funded PhD students, postdoctoral researchers, lab techs, and staff scientists
  • No faculty hierarchies or departments
  • World-class core facilities and expert support staff
  • Support for amplifying your scientific impact (e.g., technology transfer, outreach, collaborations, etc.)
  • Full administrative support
  • An international environment with a global reach

Applications are sought in the broad area of science, engineering, and technology. As part of our expansion plan, we seek to hire 20 faculty by 2026 with up to 10 faculty in this initial round. We aim to enhance and complement existing strengths in fields, including (but not limited to) life sciences, environmental sciences, physical sciences, mathematics, computational sciences, and engineering.

To fully realize our vision of promoting scientific excellence through a diverse and inclusive community, OIST is actively seeking applications from women and underrepresented groups to meet our target of hiring at least 50% women in this current search. Successful applicants will enjoy competitive remuneration packages with additional benefits, such as housing allowance and family support.

Application documents:

  1. Cover Letter
  2. CV, including a publication list
  3. Research statement (2-4 pages)

If you are longlisted, we will ask you to submit teaching and diversity statements, and arrange for the submission of three reference letters.

Application deadline: October 31, 2023, at 11:59 p.m. (Eastern Time)

The starting date is negotiable.

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For further information about OIST:


Evan Economo
Dean of Faculty Affairs

We are an equal opportunity educator and employer committed to enhancing and supporting diversity, equity, and inclusion in all aspects of the university community. As such, we are actively working to increase the diversity of our faculty, students, and staff, and cultivating an environment where all members can thrive and are valued. We have implemented policies to engender and cultivate a diverse, inclusive, and family-friendly culture. These include supporting dual career couples, gender-neutral facilities, pro-active equity-focused policies including “stop-the-clock” options, an on-site bilingual childcare facility and after-school programs, an on-site health center, and relocation and post-arrival support.

We provide reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact us. Determinations for granting reasonable accommodations for any applicant will be made on a case-by-case basis.


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.

OIST Facts and Figures:

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1919-1 Tancha
Onna-son, Kunigami-gun

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