Postdoctoral Position in Brain Mechanisms for Behaviour

The Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST; see 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 campus video tour). 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 research.

Position summary

We offer a platform to develop state-of-the-art research in central nervous control of motor behavior to a highly motivated post-doctoral fellow in the Research Unit of Professor Gordon Arbuthnott. The unit is well equipped for imaging and electrophysiological methods, and OIST encourages open science with access to several advanced physical and computational techniques already in place. We are looking for someone who is organized, creative, and enthusiastic to add rigorous scientific discoveries to our output of new ideas about the brain and behavior.


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


You will become part of a small team of international researchers working together to try to unravel the details of how the basal ganglia influence behavior. Your individual project will be developed in collaboration with the rest of the team that you can find under Brain Mechanisms for Behaviour Unit at OIST Web site.



A Ph.D. degree from an established Neuroscience group and up to three years postgraduate experience in Neuroscience. We are looking for someone with a record of some publication in English and who can work in an English speaking environment.


A solid background in in vitro and in vivo electrophysiological techniques, functional multicell calcium imaging and use of transgenic-mediated or viral-mediated approaches to study neuronal populations and command of stereotaxic tehniques. Some experimental behavioral work would help but the neurophysiology is the main interest of the group.

Report to 

Professor Gordon Arbuthnott

Starting Date 

As early as possible

Term & Working Hours 

Term: Full-time, fixed term appointment for 1 year initially and it may be renewed.  

Working hours: 9:00-17:30 but this is a ‘discretionary working hours’ position; we measure results not hours.

Compensation & Benefits 

Compensation in accordance with the OIST Employee Compensation Regulations


Relocation, 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)

How To Apply 

Apply by emailing your Submission Documents to:


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Submission Documents 

  1. Cover letter in English
  2. Curriculum vitae in English
  3. Names and contact information of up to 3 referees, one of which should be a previous employer

* Please be sure to indicate where you first saw the job advertisement.

Application Due Date 

Dec. 15, 2018 (Applications will be screened upon arrival early applications are encouraged)


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