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.    

Mahesh Bandi Nonlinear and Non-equilibrium Physics Unit 2 positions  maximum  
Thomas Busch Quantum Systems 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.
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 Many applications of ultrafast spectroscopy and femtosecond lasers, including graphene research.
Erik De Schutter Computational Neuroscience 1 position maximum Computational neuroscience, particularly modelling of cerebellar circuits and signalling.
Kenji Doya Neural Computation   (Unit Video) 1 position  maximum from Oct 2020 Projects in computational neuroscience and machine learning
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 table-top experiments physical and biological processes with interesting geometrical or topological features, including  Growth and coalescence of condensed droplets, Formation of ridges and cracks on tree bark, Healing of punctured soap films, and Water driven erosion of stone
Izumi Fukunaga Sensory and Behavioral Neuroscience 2 positions  maximum  
Gustavo Gioia Continuum Physics 1 position  maximum Projects in solid mechanics in many applications
Igor Goryanin Biological Systems 2 positions maximum See unit website for details.
Shinobu Hikami Mathematical and Theoretical Physics 2 positions  maximum  
Hiroki Ishikawa Immune Signalling 1 position  maximum  
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
Keiko Kono Membranology Unit 2 positions maximum See unit website for details.
Denis Konstantinov Quantum Dynamics 2 positions  maximum
  1. Photo-transport in 2D electron systems,
  2. Electron transport in confined geometrie
  3. Non-linear NMR in coupled nuclear-electron spin systems,
  4. Electron spin ensembles in diamond for QIP technologies
Akihiro Kusumi Membrane Cooperativity   See unit website for details.
Bernd Kuhn Optical Neuroimaging    
Paola Laurino Protein Engineering and Evolution  2 positions  maximum Different projects on protein and metabolites evolution, e.g. protein engineering for biocatalysis or prebiotic chemistry. Requires some experience in organic chemistry or molecular biology or biochemistry.
Nicholas Luscombe Genomics and Regulatory Systems Unit 2 positions maximum See unit website for details.
Ichiro Maruyama Information Processing Biology (Unit Video) 1 position  maximum 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 programing skills in FORTRAN and MATLAB.

Yasha Neiman Quantum Gravity    See 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, 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 materials growth and characterization.  For details see unit website.

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 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 2 positions  maximum
  1. Research projects on energy storage materials and devices (e.g. Li ion batteries).
  2. Research projects on energy harvesting materials and devices (e.g. solar cells).
Nori Satoh Marine Genomics 1 position  maximum  
Hidetoshi Saze Plant Epigenetics 1 position maximum  
Nic Shannon Theory of Quantum Matter 2 positions maximum  
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 unit website for details of ongoing research. 
Tsumoru Shintake Quantum Wave Microscopy 1 position  maximum  
Ulf Skoglund Structural Cellular Biology 1 position maximum  
Greg Stephens Biological Physics Theory 2 positions maximum See unit website for details.
Tomoyuki Takahashi Cellular and Molecular Synaptic Function  1 position maximum  
Fujie Tanaka Chemistry and Chemical Bioengineering 1 position maximum  
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  
Marylka Yoe Uusisaari Neuronal Rhythms in Movement 2 positions maximum  
Hiroshi Watanabe Evolutionary Neurobiology Unit 2 positions maximum  
Jeff Wickens Neurobiology Research    1 position  maximum  
Matthias Wolf Molecular Cryo-Electron Microscopy 1 position maximum  
Tadashi Yamamoto Cell Signalling 1 position maximum  Projects in 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 no positions  
Yohei Yokobayashi Nucleic Acid Chemistry and Engineering 2 positions  maximum
  1. Experimental project on functional nucleic acids (e.g. design riboswitches to control gene expression in living cells, high-throughput analysis of ribozymes). Requires some experience in molecular biology or biochemistry experiments.
  2. Computational analysis of high-throughput sequence data on functional nucleic acids. Requires basic knowledge of biochemistry and programming skills to handle 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.