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  At the NanoLSI center, we will combine the world’s most advanced technologies in bio-scanning probe microscopy (SPM) and supramolecular chemistry to develop novel “nanoendoscopic techniques” that allow us to directly image, analyze, and manipulate nanodynamics of proteins, metabolites, and nucleic acids both on the surface of and inside the cell. In addition, through the use of innovative nanoprobe techniques combined with other advanced analytical methods, we aim to achieve fundamental understandings of the nano-level mechanisms underlying basic cellular functions (e.g., cell differentiation/proliferation, stemness, signal transduction, genome dynamics, etc.) and their cancer-specific abnormalities. To this end, we will perform detailed comparisons between nanodynamics inside normal and cancer cells. Based on the developed technologies and knowledge acquired through such research works, we will establish a new research field termed “nanoprobe life science,” which aims to achieve nano-level understandings of various life phenomena including cancer using advanced nanoprobe technologies.
  We are looking for a assistant professor to perform the following research work as staff who plays a central role in the area of integration between nanometrology field and life science field.

Open Position: Assistant Professor(Three-year fixed-term contract)

Main Duties: At the Nano Life Science Institute, as “Assistant Professor”, it plays a central role in promoting integrated research in the fields of nanometrology and life science disciplines
  At the Prof. Shibata’s laboratory of NanoLSI, researchers from a wide variety of fields cooperatively promote cutting-edge research aiming to uncover biological questions by using high-speed atomic force microscopy (AFM). Candidates are not required to have an experience of AFM study, however, candidates should have experiences in any one of the following research fields; biochemistry, molecular biology, biophysics, neurobiology and cell biology.

【Specific research contents】

① We have visualized morphological dynamics of living mammalian cells by high-speed AFM [Shibata et al. Sci. Rep. 5, 8724, (2015)]. Using HS-AFM combined with optical microscope, dynamic morphological changes and a protein localization of living mammalian cells will be investigated.

② We recently visualized a real-space and real-time dynamics of DNA cleavage reaction of CRISPR-Cas9 by using HS-AFM [Shibata et al. Nat. Commun. 8, 1430 (2017)]. To expand this projects, visualization of dynamics of various proteins, including membrane proteins, protein kinases and nucleases, will be investigated.

[Address of work location and other information]
Nano Life Science Institute,Kanazawa University, Kakuma-machi, Kanazawa, Ishikawa 920-1192, Japan

Number of Position: One

Starting date: 12 1, 2018 or as early as possible if later.

Research field:

1 Area: Biology, Discipline: Biological Sciences

2 Area: Interdisciplinary science and engineering, Discipline: Nano/Micro science

Job type: Assistant Professor level

Employment status: Full-time(Nontenured)

Applicants must satisfy all the following requirements:

1) Ability to conduct research activities in English

2) Possess adequate communication skills, knowledge of research presentations, and ability to write a thesis

3) Ability to conduct research activities effectively both independently and in a team

4) Doctoral degree (including equivalent degrees such as a PhD from overseas universities) has been conferred or will be conferred when he/she arrives at the post.

Compensation [Details of salary, working hours, holiday, period of employment and insurance, accommodation, etc.]
Assistant Professor(Three-year fixed-term contract)

[Period of employment]
Three-year fixed-term contract
Note: There is a possibility of the contract being renewed after the expiration of the employment period.
Negotiation is possible on employment start date.

[Start-up research funds]
We will provide million yen in the first year for research funding.

[Working Hours]
Working hours are determined according to the Discretionary Labor System for Professional Work (7 hours and 45 minutes per day)

Basic pay, 4,200,000 yen (Annualization conversion)
Special allowance, around 1,320,000 yen (Annualization conversion)
Salary will be fluctuated by performance and evaluation after adoption.

According to the rules of Kanazawa University. (in Japanese)

Application period: Sep. 30, 2018 Deadline for receipt

Application/selection/notification of result/contact details

[Application Documents]

1) Curriculum vitae with a recent photograph of the face, describing present address, phone number, e-mail address, academic career, research career, professional career, and other relevant information.

2) List of research activities, including original scientific papers, book chapters, other publications, presentations in scientific meetings, awards, and other relevant activities.

3) Offprints of main published papers (Maximum number of papers is five, and hard copies are accepted.)

4) List of research support (Time period, name of grant, title of education/research, and amount of money should be included.)

5) Outline of past research and teaching (two sheets in free format)

6) A description of the applicant's research interests, achievements, and future research plan (two sheets in free format)

7) In case of a recommender, a recommendation letter should be separately sent to the following e-mail address.

Please send the application form by e-mail or post.
As we cannot receive emails larger than 5 MB, please use the uploader etc. if the size of your email exceeds 5 MB. Please write “Application for Faculty Position (Prof. Kodera)” in the title of the e-mail.
Please ensure that you provide your contact information including your address, phone number, and e-mail address in your application documents, write “Application for Faculty Position (Associate professor, Shibata)” in red on the envelope, and send your documents by registered mail.
Please note that application documents will not be returned to applicants.

In case of mail, please send all the documents by registered mail to the following address:
Nano Life Science Institute Office, Kanazawa University
Kakuma-machi, Kanazawa, Ishikawa 920-1192, Japan

[Selection process (selection method and hiring decision), notification of result]
Applicant screening and interview

※We do not cover the transportation expenses associated with the interview.

[Contact details (department, official position, name, e-mail address, and phone number of the responsible person)] * Important
WPI Nano Life Science Institute, Kanazawa University (WPI-NanoLSI)
Associate professor, Mikihiro Shibata
Tel: +81-76-234-5927

Additional information:

1) The website below gives information about employment regulation. (in Japanese)

2) Kanazawa University supports applicants from female scholars and promotes the co-activities of male and female scholars. (in Japanese)

2018-07-19 2018-09-30

Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University ( invites applications for at least 2 new faculty positions as part of its planned expansion. Targeted areas for the current search include, but not limited to, Aging, Cancer Biology, Developmental Biology, Disease Models, Epigenomics, Host-microbe Interaction, Immunology, Organoids, and Synthetic Biology.

Excellent scholarship and creativity are the main criteria. We are particularly interested in scholars who complement and extend existing strengths at OIST and have the potential to interact broadly with the interdisciplinary OIST community. In addition, successful candidates must also demonstrate a commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion in research and education.

Successful candidates are expected to establish an active and independent program of research, to supervise Ph.D. students, to teach in the graduate program, and perform university services as required. Generous research resources will be provided, which may be supplemented with external grants. Appointments will be Tenure-Track or Tenured. Starting date is flexible.

Applications should include the following:
1.Cover Letter with contact details
2.CV and Publication List: in addition to a complete publication list, provide a list of up to 6 significant publications with brief descriptions (1-2 sentences each)
3.Research Statement: summary of previous research (max. 1 page) and a research proposal (including a short title of your research; max. 2 pages)
4.Teaching Statement (max. 1 page)
5.Confidential Letter of Recommendation or Evaluation (3 referees)

Information and instructions regarding application submission:

Application Deadline: September 30, 2018 (EDT)

OIST offers a world-class research environment with an international research community and opportunities for interdisciplinary research. Research and teaching are conducted in English. The campus is situated in a beautiful subtropical setting in Okinawa, Japan.

OIST Graduate University is an equal opportunity educator and employer that is actively working to increase the diversity of its faculty, students and staff. OIST has implemented policies designed to promote a culture of diversity and inclusion and a family friendly working environment (See the Equality and Diversity brochure, ). These include considerations for hiring and supporting dual career couples, “stop the clock” options for new parents, an on site child care facility for children from 2 months to 6 years of age, and after-school and holiday programs for K-6 children. The University strongly encourages applications from women and other underrepresented groups.

Inquiries should be directed to Dr. Milind Purohit, Dean of Faculty Affairs,

2018-07-11 2018-09-30

A postdoctoral position is now available in the Department of Pharmacology in the School of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University. The laboratory is currently funded by the NIH and a private foundation that focuses on Usher Syndrome. Our research focus is retinal cell biology with the goal of discovering small molecule therapy for photoreceptor degenerative disorders. To elucidate the disease mechanisms, we genetically dissect the process of photoreceptor morphogenesis and maintenance in vertebrate animals. Our laboratory pioneered real-time imaging of proteins and small molecules within the retina, and takes advantage of state of the art confocal/multiphoton/STED microscopy techniques. Our research also heavily depends on the tissue culture system to biochemically study the components required for photoreceptor morphogenesis/maintenance. For more details, check our website:

The applicant is expected to be highly independent and be capable of designing experiments and conducting hypothesis-based research projects. The candidate should have a strong background in cell biology, molecular biology, or biochemistry. Knowledge of fluorescence microscopy is favorable, although not necessary. Salary will be commensurate with experience and will adhere to current NIH guidelines.

Please submit your CV, brief statement of research interest, and contact information for three references via E-mail to Dr. Yoshikazu Imanishi (

2018-07-03 2018-10-03