Yokobayashi Lab

Postdoctoral Scholar 2022

Beautifully situated on the subtropical island of Okinawa, Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST) is a young and growing 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 an international research university where English is used as the official language of business and instruction, and majority of students, researchers, and faculty are from outside Japan.

One postdoctoral scholar position is available to engage in research support activities in the Nucleic Acid Chemistry and Engineering Unit headed by Prof. Yohei Yokobayashi at OIST. The group moved to OIST in 2015 from University of California, Davis. With students and researchers from diverse backgrounds including synthetic chemistry, chemical biology, and molecular/cell biology, we design and construct nucleic acid devices and systems that function in test tubes and in living cells. (Photo credit: OIST)

LOCATION:

1919‐1 Tancha, Onna‐son, Okinawa, Japan 904-0495

RESPONSIBILITIES:

The postdoctoral scholar is expected to engage in research, to disseminate the research results in publications and conference presentations, and to contribute to laboratory maintenance. The types of research that the candidate is expected to work on are as follows.

[Nucleic Acid Chemistry] Design of "functional" nucleic acids based on chemically synthesized nucleic acids (DNA, RNA, or artificial nucleic acids). Examples include (but not limited to) self-assembling systems, DNA hybrid catalysis, and nucleic acid-based materials. The candidate should have strong experience in organic synthesis, and preferably, in nucleic acid synthesis and characterization. The candidate should be self-motivated and creative.

QUALIFICATIONS:

Candidates with Ph.D. in organic chemistry or chemical biology are preferred. Solid communication skills in English, and good organizational and record-keeping skills are required.

TERM:

Full-time, fixed term appointment for 2 years, with the possibility of renewal.

STARTING DATE:

Negotiable

WORKING HOURS:

Discretionary (standard working hours 9:00-17:30 M-F)

COMPENSATION:

In accordance with the OIST Employee Compensation Regulation

BENEFITS:

- Relocation, housing, and commuting allowances

- Annual paid leave and summer holidays

- Health insurance (Private School Mutual Aid http://www.shigakukyosai.jp/ ), welfare pension insurance, worker's accident compensation insurance

- Extensive support for international scholars and employees to adapt to life in Okinawa, including assistance with relocation, childcare, and healthcare.

SUBMISSION DOCUMENTS:

Please submit the following documents in English or Japanese in PDF files to recruit.nace@oist.jp.

1. Cover letter

2. Curriculum Vitae along with the contact information for two or more references

3. Brief summary of current and previous research

APPLICATION DUE:

Applications are accepted until the position is filled.

EMAIL ADDRESS:

recruit.nace@oist.jp