Postdoctoral Scholar or Staff Scientist in Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology, Japan

Designation/Position- Postdoctoral Scholar or Staff Scientist

The Light-Matter Interactions Unit at Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology (OIST), Japan  invites applications for a postdoctoral position in experimental physics/biophysics for Optical Trapping topic project.

About- Light-Matter Interactions Unit work in atomic and optical physics and consist of three sub-groups: Neutral Atoms for Quantum Technologies, NanoBioOptics and  Optical Cavities & Sensing.  For more information about our research topics please look at our research page or our publications page.   If you are fascinated by the beauty of light and the enormous role it plays in the world around us then this is the place for you! OIST is a young and growing university, located on a beautiful and peaceful subtropical island in the far south of Japan.  English is the working language.  We are an equal opportunity, affirmative action educator and employer, committed to increasing the diversity of our faculty, students and staff.

Light-Matter Interactions Unit explore light as a tool in classical physics, such as when it can be used to push or pull individual particles (think of where a comet’s tail comes from!), or for exploring the dynamics of colloidal particles (such as cells, bacteria, or test spheres), or even light’s ability to be used in sensing of very small numbers of particles.

Research/Job area– Physics or Biophysics

Project Title- Optical Trapping

Location- Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology, Japan


  1. PhD in Physics or Biophysics in optical trapping and manipulation with strong experimental element and numerical modelling skills;
  2. Fluency in written and spoken English, with excellent interpersonal skills;
  3. An excellent publication record, ability to work independently, and adaptive to new research directions. 

Job/Position Description-  The successful candidate will need to contribute to one of our strands of research, with a focus on optical trapping and manipulation within our NanoBioOpt Subgroup. 

Only candidates with research vision and exemplary publication records will be considered.  The successful candidate must have previous experience in optical tweezers and/or particle trapping using plasmonic structures, with peer reviewed publications in the field.  Ability to work as a team member, while assuming day-to-day responsibilities in the lab is essential.  The following experience is crucial-

  • Fabrication and integration of micro and nano-optical devices into optical trapping setups;
  • Ability to plan and execute a research project in the field of particle trapping and manipulation;
  • Modeling of experimental setups using packages such as COMSOL and MATLAB;
  • Assistance with student supervision in the laboratory;
  • Proven ability to communicate fluently in English and to publish high-impact papers in a related field.

Further details by emailing Prof. Nic Chormaic.

The position is for 2 years initially with possible extension upon satisfactory progress.   We offer a competitive salary, relocation & benefits package, including health insurance.

How to Apply-

(i) A cover letter where you introduce yourself, your past research achievements and your future research goals

(ii) A 2 page research plan

(iIi) A full CV including undergraduate and postgraduate details and transcripts.

(iv) Names of at least 3 academic referees   

Please send your application to 

Last Date for Apply– 31 July 2018

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