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OIST Faculty Recruiting Team
Japan (JP)
Depends on years of experience, rank, and current salary
Closing date
Oct 31, 2023

Job Details

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; 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.

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