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The Facility performs a fundamental role at the heart of the Unit's research providing expertise in experimentation and processing on a broad range of samples for molecular and cellular toxicology.

As the Unit's EM Research Specialist you will be responsible for providing high quality imaging for the Toxicology Unit's scientific programmes. This includes initial research consultation, sample preparation, image acquisition and data processing for scientists and students. You will work on several of the Unit's EM research projects involving large-volume SEM and 3D-TEM, providing specialist technical support in order to develop the translation of basic research into clinically and public health-relevant outcomes.

You will have a degree in a scientific discipline, preferably with a PhD. Experience in the following is essential, but are not limited to:

  • Light and electron microscopy including maintenance, preparatory expertise and screening, data collection, refinement and immuno-gold labelling
  • Operation of large-volume Scanning EM (SEM) as well as conventional SEM
  • Image processing techniques for 3D reconstruction

You will also be an excellent communicator and team player, with the ability to manage a laboratory including health and safety, purchasing and equipment maintenance.

The Medical Research Council Toxicology Unit is an internationally renowned institution focussed on the delivery of field-changing mechanistic insights into toxicology and disease. The Unit will be moving into the newly refurbished Gleeson building, Tennis Court Road, Cambridge from November 2020.

This is an open-ended position funded by the MRC.

2020-09-23 2020-10-19

The Iwase & Seo laboratories at the University of Michigan are seeking a jointly-appointed postdoctoral fellow to investigate how metals, such as iron and manganese, work with chromatin to ensure normal brain development and function using biochemistry, mouse, and cell culture models.
Iwase laboratory:
Seo laboratory:

This position is funded by NIH, and the salary range will be $52,000 ~ $60,000 per year, plus a competitive benefits package. The appointment of this position is at least 1 year and the appointment will be renewed in yearly basis. The University of Michigan is a largest biomedical research enterprise located in Ann Arbor, one of the safest and most educated cities of the United States.

We are looking for highly-motivated individual who meets the qualification below.

• Ph.D. in biomedical sciences or related disciplines.

• Expertise in biochemistry and cell biology is essential.

• Experiences in mouse genetics are recommended, but not required.

• Recent PhD with at least one first-authored publication in a peer-reviewed journal.

Qualified candidates are invited to send the following materials to siwase[at] or youngseo[at]

• Cover letter outlining current research efforts and motivation to apply for this position.

• Curriculum vitae.

2020-09-15 2020-12-15

The laboratory of Prof. Ikawa, Department of Experimental Genome Research, Research Institute for Microbial Diseases (RIMD), Osaka University is studying mammalian reproduction through gene manipulated mice. The laboratory is now seeking a project member, who can conduct a study using genome edited mice, with flexible attitude and contribute to develop and harness the strength of research. The successful applicant will be responsible for not only research but also administration of animal facility, education of liberal arts, undergraduate, and graduate levels.

1. Position:
Assistant Professor

2. Number of Positions:
1 (One)

3. Affiliation:
Research Institute of Microbial Diseases (RIMD) (Department of Experimental Genome Research)

4. Work Location:
Suita Campus (3-1 Yamadaoka, Suita, Osaka, Japan)

5. Specialized Field:
Cell Biology, Developmental Biology, Molecular Biology, Experimental Animals

6. Responsibilities:
Conduct research experiments about the mammalian fertilization.
Educational activities for undergraduate and graduate school students
Administration of animal facility

7. Qualifications:
Applicants must have:

(1) Have a doctoral degree.

(2) Have excellent research achievements in the related fields.

(3) Business level or above Japanese language proficiency

8. Starting Date:
October 1, 2020 (or as soon as possible thereafter)

9. Term of Employment:
For 3 years from the starting date
*Following completion of the term, the contract may be extended subject to evaluation (the extension limit is 6 years from the starting date).

10. Probationary Period:
6 months

11. Employment Form: Based on “37. Regulations Pertaining to Working Hours, Holidays and Leave for National University Corporation Osaka University Limited Term Staff”
*The Discretionary Labor System, Special Work Type will be applied (deemed working hours: 8 hours a day)

12. Salary and Benefits:
Based on “40. Salary Regulations for National University Corporation Osaka University Limited Term Staff”

13. Insurance:
Medical insurance and employee’s pension insurance of the Federation of National Public Service Personnel Mutual Aid Associations, Employment Insurance and Industrial Accident Compensation Insurance

14. Application Documents:
Applications must be written in English or Japanese and include the following

1. A Curriculum Vitae (photo attached) *Please use the university form available at the following website.

2. A list of research achievements (original papers, review papers, books, patents, presentations in international conferences)

3. Reprints of major original papers (up to 5 papers, photocopies acceptable)

4. A list and an outline of awards and prizes

5. An outline of research achievements (up to 2 A4 pages)

6. Research plans and a statement of educational aspirations (up to 2 A4 pages)

7. Name, affiliation, and contact information of two professional references who are willing to be contacted about the applicant

8. English proficiency certificate such as TOEFL score

*Personal information in the application documents will only be used for the purpose of screening and hiring procedures, and will not be disclosed to any third party.

*Submitted application documents will not be returned.

15. Sending Address and Contact Information:

If submitted by postal service:
Professor Masahito IKAWA
Department of Experimental Genome Research
Research Institute for Microbial Diseases
Osaka University
3-1 Yamadaoka, Suita-city, Osaka 565-0871 JAPAN

* Please write “Application for faculty position” on the envelope in red ink.
* Please send application documents by registered mail or courier.

If submitted by e-mail: ikawa[at]

* Please write “Application for faculty position“ in the subject line.

* Assign a password to the application documents

Contact Person: Professor Masahito IKAWA
Tel: +81-6-6879-8373   E-mail: ikawa[at]

16. Application Deadline:
Setember 30, 2020 (Japan Standard Time)

17. Selection Process:
Document screening will be followed by interviews. Selected applicants will be notified within two weeks after the application deadline.
*Travel and accommodation fees necessary for interviews are to be covered by the applicant. The applicant may request an online interview.
*Please note that unsuccessful applicants will not be contacted.

18. Additional Information:
Concerning work conditions other than the above-mentioned, please refer to “35. Work Regulations for National University Corporation Osaka University Limited Term Staff” and/or related regulations.
Please note the above-mentioned working conditions are as of the day this employment offer is posted, and subject to change.

We welcome applications from highly motivated female candidates.
Osaka University is committed to promoting gender equality and providing various supports for female academic staff members.

*Osaka University campuses and related facilities are smoke-free, except for designated areas.

19. Recruiter National University Corporation Osaka University

2020-08-17 2020-09-30

Professor Anindya Dutta at the University of Virginia is looking for talented postdoctoral fellows interested in working on genome instability in mammalian cancer cells. Recent representative papers are: Science Advances. 2020, PMC7228742; Nucleic Acids Research. 2019, PMC6511871; Molecular Cell, 2018, PMC6294304; Molecular Cell, 2017, PMC5743198; Elife. 2016; PMC5245961. Nature Communications. 2015, PMC4525285.

Details of the laboratory can be found at:

Background and setting: University of Virginia is a top-rated University on the East Coast of the United States and situated in Charlottesville, a beautiful college town that is 2 hours from Washington DC at the foothills of the lovely Shenandoah Mountains. The cost of living is significantly cheaper and living conditions are very comfortable and stress-free compared to that in the big cities of the United States.

Term: One year beginning any time between October 2020 and April 2021. The appointment is renewable on a yearly basis subject to satisfactory performance for up to 5 years.

Applicant eligibility: The applicant should be a recent Ph.D. graduate in the biological sciences with at least one first-author paper in a well-recognized journal like the Journal of Biological Chemistry and motivated to make new discoveries to pursue a career in science.

To apply: Interested applicants should send CV, cover letter and names of 3 references to ad8q[at]

2020-08-06 2020-11-06

Note: In fiscal 2021, Graduate School of Life Science will be reorganized into Graduate School of Science with Graduate School of Material Science.

1. Position:
A full-time, tenured Professor position.

2. Affiliation:
Plant Cell and Developmental Biology, Division of Functional Analysis of Biomolecules, Department of Life Science, Graduate School of Science, University of Hyogo.

*The laboratory is located at the Himeji Campus for Engineering.

*First graders and second-fourth graders of the department study at the Himeji Campus for Engineering and at the Harima Campus for Science where most of laboratories of the department reside, respectively.

3. Research field:
We encourage applicants who have been studying major issues of cell biology with technologies of structural biology.

*This laboratory has two staff members at present, Associate Professor Daisuke Yamauchi and Assistant Professor Tomonori Nakai.

4. Education duties:
The successful candidate is expected to conduct the following educational duties.

1) Lectures and experimental training on basic biology for first graders of Science department at Himeji Campus for Engineering, which enables first graders to smoothly become competent in advanced lectures and research on cell biology and structural biology. Some of lectures are taught in English.

2) Experimental training on basic biology for fourth graders of Technology department at Himeji Campus for Engineering.

3) Research supervision for master’s theses and Ph.D. dissertations.

4) Administration and management tasks.

5) Other ordinary duties.

Possible undergraduate courses to be taught include:
Structural Biology 2
Science of Organisms
Introduction to Life Science
Laboratory Course in Biology
Experimental Biology

Possible graduate courses to be taught include:
Biosynthesis and Function of Biomolecules
Introduction to Picobiology


1. Doctoral degree.

2. Demonstrated ability to advise students at the undergraduate and graduate levels to obtain the degree.

3. Willingness to participate in teaching courses for Japanese and international undergraduate and graduate students, and administrative duties.

4. Strong expertise and evidence of success in life science research.

5. English fluency sufficient to teach and guide international students.

6. Japanese language proficiency is mandatory.

The contract will start on April 1, 2021.
Note: University of Hyogo has the retirement age of 65 years old for this position.

Application Requirements:

1) Full curriculum vitae with a photo attached, country of citizenship, university graduation date.

2) List of research achievements— please separate original papers from the others

3) Reprints or copies of research articles (max. five articles)

4) Summary of research and education experience— about 1,100 words (English) or 2,000 characters (Japanese)

5) Proposal for future research and education plans— about 1,100 words (English) or 2,000 characters (Japanese)

6) List of research grants received

7) Two personal references from internationally recognized researchers or their contact details

These documents should be submitted as printed materials as well as USB flash memory or CD-ROM.

Application deadline: October 5, 2020

Application Procedure:
All applicants should submit their applications via registered post mail to:
Prof. Hideo Nishitani
Graduate School of Life Science, University of Hyogo
Koto 3-2-1, Kamigori-cho, Ako-gun, Hyogo 678-1297, Japan
TEL: 0791-58-0101


1) Short-listing through application review

2) Interview and mock lecture

Note: University of Hyogo will not support any travel expenses of applicants for any reasons during the selection.

If you have any questions, please send an email to hide[at] (in English or Japanese).


1) University of Hyogo is an equal opportunity employer. Applications from female researchers as well as non-Japanese researchers are encouraged.

2) The submitted information will be strictly managed under the privacy policy of University of Hyogo and will be used only for this selection.

For more information:

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