National Institute of Genetics Postdoctoral Fellowship 2017, Japan

Publish Date: Jul 04, 2016

Deadline: Jul 11, 2016


The National Institute of Genetics (hereinafter referred to as NIG) is recruiting postdoctoral research fellow (hereinafter referred to as NIG postdoc) as below, aiming at further development of research at NIG and fostering young researchers with excellent research ability by letting them engage in research activities at our institute for a limited amount of time.


Applicants must meet the following requirements.

  1.  Those who have obtained PhD degree (or equivalent) or are expected to obtain it by the time of employment.
  2.  Those who have sufficient research skills to promote research projects of genetics.
  3.  Those who have been working at a research group in NIG for more than one year immediately prior to the desired start date are not eligible to apply for the same research group.

Employment Period

  1. (1) Employment period is 3 years from the initial date of hire. (Agreement shall be renewed each fiscal year)
  2. (2) Start date (the day start working at NIG) is April 1st, 2017, however, it can be changed on any day between November 1st, 2016 and October 1st, 2017, if particularly requested.
  3. (3) Suspension period, such as childcare and nursing leave, will be determined upon consultation.


Successful candidates will be hired as project researchers (Discretionary working hour system is applicable.) They are eligible to apply for competitive funds called Grants-in -Aids for Scientific Research (KAKENHI).

Salary and Treatment

Annual salary approx. 4,100,000JPY including tax will be paid. Commuting allowance (conditional), MEXT mutual society of health insurance, compensation insurance and employment insurance will be covered.

Other Requirements

  1. NIG postdocs are required to hold the NIG colloquium to present their achievement at the end of the employment period.
  2. Publications must include an acknowledgment of the support from NIG postdoc grant.

Number of Postdocs

About 4 people will be accepted.


1) Documents prepared by Applicant
Please prepare the following documents Form 1 to 4 in the specified forms which can be downloaded from the link below, and sumbit after merging them into a sigle PDF file. The following points should be kept in mind when you prepare the documents.

・Applications must be filled out in Japanese or English.
・Do not change the layout, size (A4) and number of pages.
・Figures can be inserted and color can be used in Format 2 and 4.

Form 1: Curriculum Vitae, Name of Prospective Laboartory, Desired Starting Date
Form 2: Summary of Past Research (1 page)
Form 3: List of Publications, Presentations and Achievements
Form 4: Research Plan at NIG (5 pages in total)
4-1: Purpose including its background:1 page
4-2: Research Outline:2 pages
4-3: Features and Creative Ideas:1 page
4-4: Annual Plan for 3 years:1 page

Reference from Supervisor *Forms not specified
Reference letter should be submitted directly to NIG by the supervisor
Applicants should ask someone (immediate supervisor, for example) who knows their work and personality well to write a letter of reference. He/she may be contacted and asked for further comments when necessary.

Reference from Host PI *Forms not specified
Reference letter should be submitted directly to NIG by the host PI
Applicants are requested to consult with their prospective PI about their research project in advance. Host PI is required describe the compatibility between applicant’s research plan and research at his/her laboratory.


Preliminary Screening (Document Review)
Applicants will be shortlisted based on their submitted documents.
Selection result will be e-mailed directly to applicants by the end of July. (Please contact Research Promotion Team (Refer to 10. Contact) if you do not receive e-mail by that time.)

(Secondary Screening (Interview)
Shortlisted candidates will be invited to interview as scheduled below. They are required to give a short (12 min.) presentation about their past research and future plan at our institute. Subsequently, question and answer session (18 min.) will be carried out.


National Institute of Genetics 
Research Promotion Team 
1111 Yata, Mishima-city, Shizuoka, 411-8540 Japan 
Phone: 055-981-6711

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