The OIST Graduate School offers education and research opportunities through a system of undergraduate and graduate placements as Research Interns. These 2-6 month placements give the opportunity to gain experience in a particular laboratory or to learn a specific technique. Interns work under the direction of a Professor at OIST and contribute to the research activities of OIST. The specific assignment of duties is at the discretion of the PI and is subject to change.
Research Intern places are awarded twice a year on a competitive basis. Selection is highly competitive and depends on suitability of the intended research, academic background, available funding, and space. Not all available positions will necessarily be filled.
Candidates are considered for admission without regard to gender, gender identity, gender expression, age, sexual orientation, mental or physical disability, medical condition, race, ethnicity, ancestry, culture, national origin, religion, or marital status. Applications from women and minorities are strongly encouraged.
Financial Support and Benefits of OIST Japan Internship 2020
- OIST provides a living allowance
- Accommodation either on campus or nearby
- Successful applicants will receive a Living Allowance of 2,400 JPY per day (weekends excluded) while at OIST.
- Travel Expenses
- Other Support
Faculty & Project Availability of OIST Internship in Japan
Please note: Acceptance to any research unit at OIST is at the discretion of the faculty. For each application round, only a limited number of interns will be admitted. Not all available faculty will be able to accept an intern. The projects listed below are subject to change. OIST Faculty will assign work to research interns as appropriate, in discussion with each intern.
|Mahesh Bandi||Nonlinear and Non-equilibrium Physics Unit||No availability through Spet 2021|
|Thomas Busch||Quantum Systems||2 positions maximum||Projects of theoretical nature in the area of ultracold atoms, quantum information, and quantum engineering. Students should have a background in physics and during their time with us will get an overview of the current state of the area, and do analytical or numerical work on a project related to a currently ongoing research project, depending on their interest.|
|Thomas Bourguignon||Evolutionary Genomics||2 positions maximum|
|Pinaki Chakraborty||Fluid Mechanics (Unit Video)||1 position maximum||Projects in turbulent flows in many applications.|
|Keshav Dani||Femtosecond Spectroscopy||2 positions maximum||Projects available in two-dimensional materials and energy materials using techniques in van der Waals heterostructure fabrication, ultrafast spectroscopy, and photoemission spectroscopy. Students with a prior background in these fields would be competitive.|
|Erik De Schutter||Computational Neuroscience||1 position maximum||Computational neuroscience, particularly modeling of cerebellar circuits and signaling.|
|Kenji Doya||Neural Computation (Unit Video)||1 position maximum from Oct 2020||Projects in computational neuroscience and brain-inspired artificial intelligence.|
|Evan Economo||Biodiversity and Biocomplexity (Unit Video)||No positions in 2020||Projects are related to evolution, ecology, biodiversity: population genetics, morphological evolution, biogeography, 3D imaging and modeling, community ecology of ants.|
|Yejun Feng||Electronic and Quantum Magnetism||2 positions maximum||Optical projects including Raman and reflectivity types. Projects on high-temperature sample growth and characterizations.|
|Eliot Fried||Mathematics, Mechanics, and Materials||2 positions maximum||Theory, simulation, and simple experiments focused on physical and biological processes with interesting geometrical or topological features, including the formation of holes during the growth of the “Swiss cheese plant” (genus monstera), the water-driven erosion of stone, the formation of ridges and cracks on the bark of growing trees, and the healing of punctured soap films.|
|Tom Froese||Embodied Cognitive Science Unit||2 positions maximum|
|Tomoki Fukai||Neural Coding and Brain Computing Unit||2 positions maximum|
|Izumi Fukunaga||Sensory and Behavioral Neuroscience||No positions in 2020|
|Gustavo Gioia||Continuum Physics||1 position maximum||Projects in solid mechanics in many applications|
|Igor Goryanin||Biological Systems||2 positions maximum||See the unit website for details.|
|Shinobu Hikami||Mathematical and Theoretical Physics||1 position maximum|
|Hiroki Ishikawa||Immune Signalling||No positions in 2020|
|Julia Khusnutdinova||Coordination Chemistry and Catalysis||2 positions maximum||Stimuli-responsive polymers containing dynamic transition metal complexes; Homogeneous hydrogenation and dehydrogenation using earth-abundant metals (Fe, Mn); dynamic metal complexes and small molecule activation, as well as many other projects related to the use of transition metal complexes in catalysis, bond activation, and stimuli-responsive polymers. The work involves organic and organometallic synthesis. Check more details at https://groups.oist.jp/cccu/research.|
|Keiko Kono||Membranology Unit||1 position maximum||See the unit website for details.|
|Denis Konstantinov||Quantum Dynamics||2 positions maximum|
|Akihiro Kusumi||Membrane Cooperativity||No positions in 2020||See the unit website for details.|
|Bernd Kuhn||Optical Neuroimaging||1 position maximum||The project involves training in animal surgery, in vivo two-photon imaging, and/or data analysis dependent on the interest and background of the applicant. Applicants who might want to join the OIST Graduate Program in the field of Neuroscience are specifically encouraged to apply.|
|Paola Laurino||Protein Engineering and Evolution||2 positions maximum||Different projects on enzymes evolution and design, e.g. protein engineering for biocatalysis or reconstruction of ancient folds. Requires some experience in organic chemistry or molecular biology or biochemistry.|
|Nicholas Luscombe||Genomics and Regulatory Systems Unit||2 positions maximum||See the unit website for details.|
|Ichiro Maruyama||Information Processing Biology (Unit Video)||No positions in 2020||Projects in associative learning and memory in the nematode C. elegans.|
|Ichiro Masai||Developmental Neurobiology||2 positions maximum||Eye development in the zebrafish as a model system of neural development.|
|Sasha Mikheyev||Ecology and Evolution||2 positions maximum||See unit website for details|
|Jonathan Miller||Physics and Biology||2 positions maximum|
|Satoshi Mitarai||Marine Biophysics||2 positions maximum||The Marine Biophysics Unit seeks research interns in Ocean Modeling, starting January 2021. The successful candidate will contribute to the development of regional ocean circulation models in the past, present, and under-predicted future climatic conditions. Desirable qualifications include bachelor’s degrees in Fluid Mechanics, Physical Oceanography or a related field, and programming skills in FORTRAN and MATLAB.|
|Yasha Neiman||Quantum Gravity||1 position maximum||See the unit website for details of the group’s research.|
|Síle Nic Chormaic||Light-Matter Interactions For Quantum Technologies||2 positions maximum||Experimental work (with some simulations) in cold atoms, Rydberg atoms, laser cooling, atomic spectroscopy, optical nanofibre mode propagation, optical trapping of submicron particles, nonlinear optics in whispering gallery resonators. The work is usually mainly experimental and preference given to students who can commit to longer internships (more than 3 months).|
|Yoshinori Okada||Quantum Materials Science||2 positions maximum||Projects are available in exotic magnetic 2D materials growth and characterizations. |
For details see the unit website. Longer-stay is preferred.
|Simone Pigolotti||Biological Complexity||2 positions maximum||Our main research activity is in theoretical and computational modeling of biophysical systems, ranging from stochastic molecular kinetics to population dynamics. Projects in non-equilibrium statistical physics and stochastic thermodynamics are also available. Candidates with a background in these areas and interested in medium to long stays (i.e. more than three months) will be given preference.|
|Marco Edoardo Rosti||Complex Fluids and Flows Unit||2 positions maximum||Numerical simulations of laminar and turbulent complex flow.|
|Timothy Ravasi||Marine Climate Change Unit||No positions in 2020|
|Yabing Qi||Energy Materials and Surface Sciences||2 positions maximum|
|Nori Satoh||Marine Genomics||No positions in 2020|
|Hidetoshi Size||Plant Epigenetics||2 positions maximum||Projects in epigenome analysis of plant genomes.|
|Nic Shannon||Theory of Quantum Matter||2 positions maximum||Theoretical projects exploring different aspects of quantum materials, condensed matter, and statistical physics. Projects may be analytic or numerical in nature and will be tailored to individual students, depending on their previous experience.|
|Amy Shen||Micro/Bio/Nanofluidics (Unit Video)||2 positions maximum||Projects in the general area of microfluidics and rheology (instabilities, mixing, separations), with many biotechnology applications. See the unit website for details of ongoing research.|
|Tsumoru Shintake||Quantum Wave Microscopy||1 position maximum|
|Ulf Skoglund||Structural Cellular Biology||1 position maximum|
|Liron Speyer||Representation Theory and Algebraic Combinatorics Unit||No positions in 2020|
|Greg Stephens||Biological Physics Theory||2 positions maximum||See https://groups.oist.jp/bptu for an overview of our current interests and publications. Available projects include social behavior in zebrafish, the collective colony dynamics of honeybees and theoretical work in information theory and dynamical systems, especially new operator approaches.|
|Hiroki Takahashi||Experimental Quantum Information Physics||2 positions maximum|
|Tomoyuki Takahashi||Cellular and Molecular Synaptic Function||2 positions maximum|
|Fujie Tanaka||Chemistry and Chemical Bioengineering||1 position maximum||Projects in synthetic organic chemistry related to the development of chemical transformation methods, the development of organocatalysts, and the synthesis of functionalized molecules.|
|Kazumasa Tanaka||Memory Research Unit||2 positions maximum||The Memory Research Unit aims to understand how memories are stored and used in the mammalian brain. Towards this goal, we combine genetic interventions, including optogenetic manipulation of neuronal activity, and electrophysiology/calcium imaging in freely moving mice. Successful applicants will learn one or more of these approaches and conduct a small research project. See the unit website for details.|
|Jun Tani||Cognitive Neurorobotics||1 position maximum||Projects related to cognitive neurorobotics. Longer periods preferred.|
|Reiko Toriumi||Gravity, Quantum Geometry and Field Theory||2 positions maximum|
|Gail Tripp||Human Developmental Neurobiology||1 position maximum|
|Maryla Yoe Uusisaari||Neuronal Rhythms in Movement||1 position maximum||Projects involving either animal kinematic analysis or viral-based neuronal tracing.|
|Hiroshi Watanabe||Evolutionary Neurobiology Unit||1 position maximum|
|Jeff Wickens||Neurobiology Research||2 positions maximum|
|Matthias Wolf||Molecular Cryo-Electron Microscopy||1 position maximum|
|Tadashi Yamamoto||Cell Signalling||1 position maximum||Projects in the regulation of gene expression at the mRNA level, signaling in neuronal cells and cancer cells, and regulation of obesity using mouse models.|
|Mitsuhiro Yanagida||G0 Cell Unit||1 position maximum|
|Yoko Yazaki-Sugiyama||Neuronal Mechanisms for the Critical Period||1 position maximum|
|Yohei Yokobayashi||Nucleic Acid Chemistry and Engineering||2 positions maximum||Experimental projects on functional nucleic acids (e.g. design riboswitches to control gene expression in living cells and in cell-free systems, high-throughput analysis of ribozymes). Requires some experience in molecular biology or biochemistry experiments. Some projects may require basic programming skills (e.g. Python) to analyze large sequencing datasets.|
|Ye Zhang||Bioinspired Soft Matter||2 positions maximum||Tuning nano- or micro-structures through molecular manipulation.|
Design and synthesis of active matter.
Eligibility of OIST Japan Internship 2020
- Those eligible to apply for the OIST Research Internship Program include excellent students enrolled in undergraduate or Masters’s programs in universities, colleges, junior colleges, and vocational schools in Japan or overseas, or recent graduates of such institutions.
- Currently, enrolled students must have approval from their home institution.
- The academic background of applicants should be appropriate to their desired host unit(s) at OIST.
- Graduate School funded internships are highly competitive and are only awarded to outstanding applicants who are in the final 2 years of their academic program, or are recent graduates within the last year before the application deadline.
- In some cases, additional internship positions may be offered directly by OIST faculty to other outstanding applicants, particularly for those with highly-developed skills relevant to the group’s research.
- Applications to the program must be made through the online form, available here.
- You will receive an auto-notification that your application has been received. (Please check your settings to ensure you can receive emails from addresses [email protected]).
- Following the application period, applications will be screened and selection will be completed.
- Notification will be sent to successful applicants by 3 months after the submission deadline, at the latest. (In some cases applicants’ email services/ settings prevent receipt of our notifications. Please confirm that your inbox is able to receive emails from [email protected] email addresses. We will not repeatedly send notifications. If you are not able to find a notification by the approximate notification date below, you can assume that you will not receive an offer for the current round.)
- Following the final confirmation of internship offers, all necessary arrangements will be made, in cooperation with the interns. Your cooperation is required for timely completion of logistics to begin the internship, including possible visa preparations and other necessary Japanese government documentation.
Required Application Documents
You will need to open an account in order to apply to the program. Be sure to remember your username and password. You may complete the application all at once or in multiple sessions. Please fill out and submit the following materials to apply for the program:
Please write a 1-page statement including the following points:
- How do OIST and your desired research unit(s) fit with your current expertise & skillset? If you are interested in multiple research units, please explain your interest & fit for each briefly within one single statement.
- What do you hope to accomplish at OIST?
- How does a research internship at OIST fit into your overall career plans/ aspirations?
3. Academic Transcript – Upload a scan of your current academic transcript in PDF format. Unofficial partial transcripts are accepted.
4. Recommendation Letter – A letter of reference from an academic or research professional familiar with your work is required. The application system will ask him/ her directly, using the email contact details that you provide. Please obtain the consent of that person before submitting their details in the form. Be sure to also confirm the e-mail address before entering it in the web-form. Applicants will be automatically notified within the application system when a letter of recommendation is received by OIST.
5. ID Photo – Upload a recent photo, showing your face from the front in standard passport orientation (image must be in JPG format, and less than 5 MB).
|Application Round||Desired Starting Date Range|
(internship may extend beyond this period)
(~6-12 months ahead of start)
|Approximate Notification Date|
(for successful applicants)
|Round 1||Starting between October – March||March 15th – April 15th||July|
|Round 2||Starting between April – September||September 15th –|