Availability of Faculty & Project for Hosting Research Internship Program
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. Projects listed below are subject to change. OIST Faculty will assign work to research interns as appropriate, in discussion with each intern.
Faculty Research Interests and Project Information
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|David Armitage||Integrative Community Ecology Unit||2 positions maximum||2 positions maximum||Our unit studies ecological and evolutionary processes at population, community, and ecosystem scales.
Potential projects could include field, lab, or modeling studies of biotic interaction, community-ecosystem linkages, species coexistence, community assembly, landscape genetics, plant-microbe interactions, and experimental evolution.
|Mahesh Bandi||Nonlinear and Non-equilibrium Physics Unit||No availability||2 positions maximum||Our group works in experimental nonlinear, non-equilibrium, and soft matter physics, broadly defined. We currently focus on four strongly overlapping themes: (1) Statistical Hydrodynamics, (2) Mechanics of Disordered Media, (3) Fluctuations in Renewable Energy, and (4) Quantitative Life Sciences. There are several projects for an interested intern in all these four themes.|
|Thomas Bourguignon||Evolutionary Genomics Unit||1 position maximum||1 position maximum||
The topic of the project will be determined according to the research interest of the intern. Examples of research projects are: comparative genomics of termites, coevolution between termites and the intracellular parasites Wolbachia and Cardinium, coevolution between termites and their gut prokaryotes.
|Thomas Busch||Quantum Systems||2 positions maximum||2 positions maximum||Projects of theoretical nature in the area of ultra cold 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.|
|Pinaki Chakraborty||Fluid Mechanics Unit (Unit Video)||1 position maximum||1 position maximum||Projects in turbulent flows in many applications.|
|Carlos Cid||Applied Cryptography Unit||No availability||No availability||My main interest and area of expertise is cryptography. I lead the "applied cryptography unit", which investigates the design and analysis of modern cryptographic primitives and schemes used to protect the confidentiality and integrity of data – at rest, being communicated or computed upon – both in the classical and the quantum settings. Specific areas of interest include the algebraic cryptanalysis of symmetric and asymmetric key algorithms, design and analysis of primitives for privacy-preserving cryptographic mechanisms (eg secure computation schemes), as well as the design and analysis of quantum-safe cryptographic constructions. Another area of interest is cyber-economics: the intersection between cyber security / cryptography and economics.|
|Keshav Dani||Femtosecond Spectroscopy Unit||2 positions maximum||2 positions maximum||Projects available in two-dimensional materials and energy materials using techniques in ultrafast spectroscopy, photoemission spectroscopy and computational data analysis (e.g. using Matlab). Students with a prior background in these fields will be competitive.|
|Erik De Schutter||Computational Neuroscience Unit||1 position maximum||1 position maximum||Computational neuroscience, particularly modeling of cerebellar neurons and circuits and of hippocampal synapses. Also software development.|
|Ulf Dieckmann||Complexity Science and Evolution Unit||3 positions maximum||3 positions maximum||We welcome interns enthusiastic about getting to know research in complexity science and evolution, including links with theoretical physics, applied mathematics, computer science, ecology, socio-economics, and game theory. Projects can be co-designed according to mutual interests in the following research areas and beyond:
|Kenji Doya||Neural Computation Unit (Unit Video)||1 position maximum||1 position maximum||
Projects in computational neuroscience and brain-inspired artificial intelligence.
|Evan Economo||Biodiversity and Biocomplexity Unit (Unit Video)||2 positions maximum||2 positions maximum||Projects are related to evolution, ecology, biodiversity: population genetics, morphological evolution, biogeography, 3D imaging and modeling, community ecology of ants.|
|Artur Ekert||Quantum Information Security Unit||TBD||TBD|
|David Elkouss||Networked Quantum Devices Unit||3 positions maximum||3 positions maximum||Looking for enthusiastic students from computer science, mathematics, and physics. The projects can be in different areas of theoretical quantum computer science such as quantum cryptography, quantum error correction, or quantum information theory. Projects will be part of our larger research agenda and can be part of collaborations with experimental groups.|
|Dmitry Feichtner-Kozlov||Applied Topology Unit||TBD||TBD|
|Yejun Feng||Electronic and Quantum Magnetism Unit||2 positions maximum||2 positions maximum||There are two research directions in this unit. The first is on high temperature solution growth and characterizations of single crystals, with a special focus on quantum magnetism. Students with physics, materials science, and chemistry background are all welcome. The second direction involves microwave-based surface acoustic wave device engineering. Students with background in physics, materials science, and engineering are very welcome.|
|Eliot Fried||Mathematics, Mechanics and Materials Unit||1 position maximum||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||TBD||TBD||
|Tomoki Fukai||Neural Coding and Brain Computing Unit||1 position maximum||1 position maximum||
|Izumi Fukunaga||Sensory and Behavioral Neuroscience Unit||No availability||No availability|
|Gustavo Gioia||Continuum Physics Unit||No availability||1 position maximum||Solid mechanics and fluid mechanics|
|Yukiko Goda||Synapse Biology Unit||1 position maximum||2 positions maximum||Projects are available to study
|Igor Goryanin||Biological Systems Unit||2 positions maximum||2 positions maximum||See unit website for details.|
|Shinobu Hikami||Mathematical and Theoretical Physics Unit||No availability||No availability||Random matrix theory, conformal bootstrap method, modular form and knot polynomials.|
|Philipp Höhn||Qubits and Spacetime Unit||1 position maximum||1 position maximum||Research on quantum reference frames, relational quantum dynamics, edge modes in gauge theory and gravity, finite region thermodynamics, interplay of quantum correlations and geometry (see website for more details on unit's research).|
|Filip Husnik||Evolution, Cell Biology, and Symbiosis Unit||2 positions maximum||3 positions maximum||
Projects related to genomics and evolutionary cell biology of diverse symbioses (in deep sea protists, insects, corals, etc.) are available depending on interests of the intern.
|Hiroki Ishikawa||Immune Signalling Unit||1 position maximum||1 position maximum||Identification and analysis of key regulators of immune responses that are relevant to various diseases.|
|Ryota Kabe||Organic Optoelectronics Unit||1 position maximum||1 position maximum||
Development of organic glow-in-the-dark systems including organic synthesis and optical measurements.
|Mohammad Emtiyaz Khan||Approximate Bayesian Inference Team||2 positions maximum||2 positions maximum||Projects on machine learning and deep learning using Bayesian tools, with a focus on methods that use supervised, continual, active, federated, online, and/or reinforcement learning.|
|Julia Khusnutdinova||Coordination Chemistry and Catalysis Unit||3 positions maximum||3 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.|
|Hiroaki Kitano||Integrated Open Systems Unit||2 positions maximum||2 positions maximum||My unit will focus on general areas of AI for Scientific Discovery, Aging, and Microbiome.|
|Tomomi Kiyomitsu||Cell Division Dynamics Unit||1 position maximum||1 position maximum||See unit website (https://groups.oist.jp/cddu) for details.|
|Fyodor Kondrashov||Evolutionary and Synthetic Biology Unit||3 positions maximum||3 positions maximum||All students are encouraged to design and create their own project, or choose among many in the lab. We are interested in the study of fitness landscapes, marine, fungal and avian genomics, population genetics, conservation biology, bioinformatics and synthetic biology.|
|Keiko Kono||Membranology Unit||No availability||1 position maximum||See unit website for details.|
|Denis Konstantinov||Quantum Dynamics Unit||2 positions maximum||2 positions maximum||
Various experimental projects related to electrons on liquid helium (see Unit website for research details).
|Akihiro Kusumi||Membrane Cooperativity||1 position maximum||1 position maximum||See unit website for details.|
|Bernd Kuhn||Optical Neuroimaging||No availability||No availability||
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.
|Marine Eco-Evo-Devo Unit||1 position maximum||1 position maximum|
|Paola Laurino||Protein Engineering and Evolution Unit||1 position maximum||1 position 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.|
|Qing Liu||Geometric Partial Differential Equations Unit||1 position maximum||2 positions maximum||
Projects on nonlinear partial differential equations and related applications, including the following topics:
|Christine Luscombe||2 positions maximum||2 positions maximum||Projects will be in the general area of semiconducting polymer synthesis and their applications. Please refer to unit website (https://groups.oist.jp/picpu) for more details.|
|Nicholas Luscombe||Genomics and Regulatory Systems Unit||2 positions maximum||2 positions maximum||See unit website for details.|
|Ichiro Maruyama||Information Processing Biology (Unit Video)||No availability||No availability|
|Ichiro Masai||Developmental Neurobiology||1 position maximum||1 position maximum||Our unit have investigated molecular and cellular mechanisms that regulate cell differentiation and organogenesis during development, using zebrafish as an animal model. Three research projects below are ongoing.
|Franz Meitinger||Cell Proliferation and Gene Editing Unit||No availability||1 position maximum||See unit website for details.|
|Jonathan Miller||Physics and Biology||2 positions maximum||2 positions maximum||Machine learning: Squid camouflage and genomics.|
|Satoshi Mitarai||Marine Biophysics||No availability||No availability||
The Marine Biophysics Unit (MBU) investigates biological processes in the ocean at varying spatial scales, from micrometers for microbes to thousands of kilometers for biogeographic events, by incorporating physical, mathematical, and biological/genetic approaches. The physical oceanographic resources and expertise at the MBU, coupled with tools in marine biology, molecular biology, and paleontology, provide a unique laboratory system for studying marine biological processes, influenced by powerful disturbances (e.g., typhoons) and climatic forcings (e.g., global warming). The MBU was established at OIST in 2009, because of Okinawa’s ideal geographic position and access to the outstanding research resources of OIST. The MBU supports students and postdocs with a variety of backgrounds; however, fluid dynamics and physical oceanography are fundamental to all of the Unit’s research. In particular, MBU welcomes students and postdocs who are interested in employing physical and mathematical approaches to understand marine biological systems.
|Gene Myers||Algorithms for Eco And Evo Genomics Unit||No availability||No availability|
|Akimitsu Narita||Organic and Carbon Nanomaterials Unit||2 positions maximum||2 positions maximum|
|Yasha Neiman||Quantum Gravity||1 position maximum||1 position maximum||See unit website for details of the group’s research.|
|Kae Nemoto||Quantum Information Science and Technology Unit||1 position maximum||1 position maximum||In the quantum information science and technology unit, we investigate various aspects in quantum information science and technology. Our current interest are designing large-scale quantum computers (quantum computer architecture), quantum algorithms and quantum computational models for NISQ processors, quantum communications, quantum interface devices, quantum hybird systems, quantum information in many body physics, and quantum complex systems. Our research is theoretical in nature, however we also work closely with experimental groups.|
|Síle Nic Chormaic||Light-Matter Interactions For Quantum Technologies Unit||2 positions maximum||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||2 positions maximum||Quantum materials search.|
|Svante Pääbo||Human Evolutionary Genomics Unit||No availability||No availability|
|Simone Pigolotti||Biological Complexity Unit||1 position maximum||1 position 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 background in these areas and interested in medium to long stays (i.e. more than three months) will be given preference.|
|Yabing Qi||Energy Materials and Surface Sciences Unit||3 positions maximum||3 positions maximum||
|Timothy Ravasi||Marine Climate Change Unit||1 position maximum||1 position maximum||Effect of Climate Change on Coral Reef fish communities.|
|Sam Reiter||Computational Neuroethology Unit||1 position maximum||1 position maximum||
|Daniel Rokhsar||Molecular Genetics Unit||TBD||TBD|
|Marco Edoardo Rosti||Complex Fluids and Flows Unit||2 positions maximum||2 positions maximum||Numerical simulations of laminar and turbulent complex flows.|
|Lauren Sallan||Marine Macroevolution Unit||2 positions maximum||2 positions maximum||The Marine Macroevolution Unit investigates how marine biodiversity evolved on timescales outside human observation using approaches from fields such as phylogenetics, biomechanics, comparative anatomy, community ecology, modeling, and large-scale data analysis. Potential project topics include, but are not limited to, the effects of mass extinction and global environmental change, the diversification of fish and early vertebrate groups, the origins of key ecological traits, species interactions and coevolution, fossil description and phylogenetic placement, and the evolution of fish functional morphology. Projects will be assigned based on intern interest.|
|Noriyuki Satoh||Marine Genomics Unit||1 position maximum||1 position maximum|
|Hidetoshi Saze||Plant Epigenetics Unit||1 position maximum||1 position maximum||
Projects in epigenome analysis of plant genomes.
|Nic Shannon||Theory of Quantum Matter Unit||1 position maximum||1 position maximum||Many different projects are available within the broad area of the theory of quantum matter (including statistical physics, machine learning and some aspects of quantum computing). Details of project will be developed together with individual students, depending on their interests and experience.|
|Amy Shen||Micro/Bio/Nanofluidics Unit (Unit Video)||2 positions maximum||2 positions maximum||
|Tsumoru Shintake||Quantum Wave Microscopy Unit||No availability||No availability|
|Ulf Skoglund||Structural Cellular Biology Unit||No availability||No availability||Molecular Electron Tomography|
|Liron Speyer||Representation Theory and Algebraic Combinatorics Unit||No availability||No availability||Projects in group theory/combinatorics.|
|Greg Stephens||Biological Physics Theory Unit||2 positions maximum||2 positions maximum||See https://groups.oist.jp/bptu for an overview of our current interests and publications. Available projects include theoretical work in dynamical systems and information theory, especially using operator approaches to construct slowly-varying collective states, as well as quantitative approaches to behavior including social interactions in squid and zebrafish, and the colony dynamics of honeybees.|
|Hiroki Takahashi||Experimental Quantum Information Physics Unit||3 positions maximum||3 positions maximum||Experimental work concerning ion trapping and/or laser physics.|
|Tomoyuki Takahashi||Cellular and Molecular Synaptic Function Unit||No availability||No availability||
|Fujie Tanaka||Chemistry and Chemical Bioengineering Unit||1 position maximum||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||No availability||No availability||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 unit website for details.|
|Jun Tani||Cognitive Neurorobotics Unit||No availability||No availability|
|Marco Terenzio||Molecular Neuroscience Unit||1 position maximum||1 position maximum|
|Emile Touber||Shocks, Solitons and Turbulence Unit||1 position maximum||1 position maximum||See unit website|
|3 positions maximum||3 positions maximum||The available potential projects are related to random geometry (e.g., random tensors). The tools useful may be topology, combinatorics, quantum/statistical field theories, critical phenomena, renormalisation group (perturbative and non-perturbative).|
|Gail Tripp||Human Developmental Neurobiology Unit||1 position maximum||1 position maximum|
|Jason Twamley||Quantum Machines Unit||No availability||2 positions maximum||We have projects that range from the theory of quantum machines, including machine learning, optomechanics, levitated quantum systems, quantum computing, quantum sensors and quantum algorithms. These may involve hybrid quantum systems where different types of quantum systems are coupled together including superconducting, photonic, atomic, spins in solids, mechanical, magnetic and other types of quantum technologies. We have experimental projects which involve levitated quantum system both at room temperature and at cryogenic temperatures. The goals of these experiments aim to cool a macroscopic object towards its quantum ground state and to create a macroscopic quantum superposition. Such a macroscopic quantum superposition or Schrodinger Cat - is one of the most discussed phenomena in quantum mechanics. Such an object could be useful to probe some very fundamental questions in science - how does quantum mechanics interface with gravity? Can such macroscopic quantum states be super useful for quantum sensing e.g. for the search of Dark Matter?|
|Marylka Yoe Uusisaari||Neuronal Rhythms in Movement Unit||1 position maximum||1 position maximum||Projects involving either animal kinematic analysis or viral-based neuronal tracing.|
|Hiroshi Watanabe||Evolutionary Neurobiology Unit||1 position maximum||1 position maximum|
|Jeff Wickens||Neurobiology Research Unit||1 position maximum||1 position maximum||
|Matthias Wolf||Molecular Cryo-Electron Microscopy Unit||1 position maximum||1 position maximum|
|Tadashi Yamamoto||Cell Signalling Unit||1 position maximum||1 position maximum||RNA biology, structural analysis of RNA metabolizing enzymes|
|Mitsuhiro Yanagida||G0 Cell Unit||No availability||No availability|
|Yoko Yazaki-Sugiyama||Neuronal Mechanisms for the Critical Period Unit||1 position maximum||1 position maximum||We are trying to understand how neuronal circuits are shaped and modified to have specific funcrtions over development by using bird song learning models. We have been using, electrophysiology, anatomy, optogenetics and viral tools as our major gears. Besides, we are developing more genetical tools such as in situ and RNAseq.|
|Yohei Yokobayashi||Nucleic Acid Chemistry and Engineering Unit||2 positions maximum||2 positions maximum||
Experimental projects on functional nucleic acids that function in cells (mammalian, bacterial), or purely chemical systems (test tubes, artificial cells). Requires some experience in molecular biology, biochemistry, or synthetic chemistry experiments. Some projects may require basic programming skills (e.g. Python) to analyze large sequencing datasets.
|No availability||1 position maximum|
|Ye Zhang||Bioinspired Soft Matter Unit||No availability||No availability||Tuning nano- or micro-structures through molecular manipulation.
Design and synthesis of active matter.
|Xiaodan Zhou||Analysis on Metric Spaces Unit||1 position maximum||1 position maximum||
Projects related to analysis and partial differential equations on Heisenberg group, sub-Riemannian manifolds and general metric measure spaces. See unit website for detail