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Postdoctoral Scholar 2020

One postdoctoral scholar position is available to conduct research in the Nucleic Acid Chemistry and Engineering Unit headed by Prof. Yohei Yokobayashi at OIST. Our group moved to OIST in 2015 from University of California, Davis and is focusing on engineering nucleic acids that function in various cells and in test tubes. In addition to basic research on functional nucleic acids, we are also working with collaborators in academia and industry to develop biological and biomedical applications (e.g. gene therapy).


1919]1 Tancha, Onna]son, Okinawa, Japan 904-0495


The postdoctoral scholar is expected to engage in research, disseminate the research results in publications and conference presentations, and contribute to laboratory maintenance. The candidate is expected to work on the following topics.

Development and applications of functional RNA devices such as aptamers, aptazymes, and riboswitches that function in mammalian cells and animal models. The candidate should be able to adapt a variety of methods and technologies from the literature, and to develop new methods and design strategies as necessary. The candidate should be knowledgeable and experienced enough to develop research plans relevant to applications of synthetic RNA devices in gene therapy, cell therapy, or regenerative medicine. Prior experience with techniques such mammalian cell culture, construction of viral vectors, genome editing, and animal handling, or sufficient experience to acquire such skills, is required.

Mustafina et al., ACS Synth Biol 2020
Takahashi & Yokobayashi, ACS Synth Biol 2019
Yokobayashi, Curr Opin Chem Biol 2019
Kobori et al., Nucleic Acids Res 2015


Candidate should have a Ph.D. in a relevant field. Sufficient written and oral communication skills in English to function in an international research environment are required. We seek self-motivated, hard-working, and creative junior researchers who are willing to take on challenging projects.


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


As soon as possible (negotiable)


In accordance with the OIST Employee Compensation Regulation.


- Relocation, housing and commuting allowances

- Annual paid leave and summer holidays

- Health insurance (Private School Mutual Aid), welfare pension insurance, workerfs accident compensation insurance

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


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


Applications are accepted until the positions are filled.