Postdoc or Staff Scientist in cold Rydberg atoms - OIST Okinawa Japan

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Sunday, March 31, 2024

The Light-Matter Interactions for Quantum Technologies Unit (, headed by Prof. Sile Nic Chormaic and located at OIST Graduate University, invites applications for a postdoc or staff scientist to work on an existing experimental setup on cold Rydberg atoms and optical nanofibres. The position is for a start around mid-2024. For those with significant experience post PhD, the appointment may be at staff scientist level (fixed duration). Essential qualifications are a PhD in experimental cold atom physics, with a good publication record, and fluency in written/spoken English. The successful candidate should also have ability to think independently, conduct novel research, and work within a team.

If interested, you must be an experimentalist, know how to work with MOT-cooled atoms and ideally have Rydberg experience. Prior experience on the integration of nano-optics in cold atom systems is advantageous (e.g. optical nanofibres). If you do not hold or hope to soon hold a PhD on experimental cold atoms, you are not eligible to apply.

OIST is a relatively new PhD-level university located on the beautiful sub-tropical island of Okinawa with excellent connections to China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and mainland Japan. Our research group is well-funded and we are a very international team. English is the language used for all official business at OIST.

Commencement date and conditions: mid-2024. The position is typically for 2 or 3 years initially (depending on experience) with further extension possible upon satisfactory progress. We offer a family relocation & benefits package, including health insurance. We offer on-site subsidised housing, on-site child care for up to 6 years old, language classes, and an active club calendar.

Submission documents (in English):

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

(ii) a full CV including undergraduate and postgraduate details and transcripts.

(iii) names and email addresses of at least 2 academic referees

Please send your application as PDF files to Only eligible candidates with experimental cold atom experience will be responded to.

Deadline: We will continue to advertise until a suitable candidate is found.

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.