Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology: Researcher for Cellular and Molecular Synaptic Function Unit

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Position summary:

Researcher position for investigating cellular and molecular mechanisms of presynaptic functions


Staff Scientist or Postdoctoral Scholar

Cellular and Molecular Synaptic Function Unit (PI, Tomoyuki Takahashi)

Working Location:

OIST main campus, Onna-son, Okinawa, Japan


We seek a highly motivated researcher who will investigate regulatory mechanisms underlying presynaptic molecular/organellar dynamics in mammalian CNS giant nerve terminals in culture. Projects will focus on visualizing/quantifying molecular/organelle dynamics, associated with vesicle exocytosis, endocytosis or recycling. Experiments will be performed using real-time confocal/STED imaging of fluorescently labeled presynaptic molecules in culture.

Responsibilities will include designing and conducting experiments, using imaging in combination with electrophysiology and genetic/molecular manipulations, by oneself as well as in collaboration with staffs in the unit.


(1) Dimitrov D, Takagi H, Guillard L, Saitoh N, Eguchi K, Takahashi T (2016) Reconstitution of giant mammalian synapses in culture for molecular functional and imaging studies. J Neurosci 36, 3600-3610.

(2) Guillaud L, Dimitrov D, Takahashi T (2017) Presynaptic morphology and vesicular composition determine vesicle dynamics in central synapses. eLife 6, e24845.



Ph.D. in a relevant field to neuroscience.

5 years working experiences required for staff scientist.


Experiences in patch-clamp synaptic physiology or molecular imaging.


Full-time, fixed term appointment for 1 year. Contract initially with 3 month probationary period (inclusive).

The contract possibly extension on satisfactory performance.

Working hours:

9:00-17:30 (Discretionary)


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)

Submission Documents:

– Curriculum vita in English (and Japanese if available)

– Cover letter in English (and Japanese if available)

– Names and contact information of three referees

Starting Date:

As early as possible

Application Due Date:

Applications deadline will continue until the position is filled.

Application Address:

Please submit all required application materials by email to:

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Or send documents via post mail to:

Ms. Gordon, Cellular and Molecular Synaptic Function Unit

Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University 1919-1, Tancha, Onna-son, Okinawa 904-0495, Japan

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