MISE openings



Call for post-doctoral fellows (expired)

The Molecular Invertebrate Systematics and Ecology (MISE) Lab at the University of the Ryukyus in Okinawa, Japan is actively seeking post-doctoral fellows for fellowships beginning in the second half of 2013 or 2014. The fellowships are provided by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) through overseas nominating authorities, primarily for researchers from countries in Europe, Oceania, and North America. 

Priority will be given to research projects investigating the ecology, taxonomy and/or phylogeny of tropical/sub-tropical marine invertebrates. MISE offers a great location in subtropical Okinawa with many field opportunities, and a clean and new lab. If you are interested or have questions, e-mail jreimer at sci.u-ryukyu.ac.jp

For details and a complete list please refer to:

http://www.jsps.go.jp/english/e-fellow/ on the worldwide web, or search "jsps post doc" through Google or a similar search engine.

Internal deadlines may be sooner than deadlines posted on the JSPS homepage.

Fellowship details are as follows (note: conditions may slightly vary based on applicant's nominating authority):

Host Research Institutions: Japanese universities and university-related research institutions.

Fellowship Tenure: A period of 12 months up to 24 months

Terms of Awards:

A round-trip air ticket (economy class) for the fellow only

A monthly maintenance allowance of ¥362,000 (this may vary based on nationality, etc).

A "setting allowance" of ¥200,000

Accident and sickness insurance coverage for the fellow only

The Fellows are usually awarded Monbusho's research grants of up to ¥1,500,000 per year for equipment, materials, supplies and domestic travel.


Each candidate (fellow) for the Fellowship must:

1.     Be a citizen of a country that has diplomatic relations with Japan
(JSPS treats Taiwanese and Palestinian researchers in this manner.)

2.     Hold a doctorate degree when the Fellowship goes into effect, which must have been received on or after April 2, 2007, or be scheduled to receive a doctorate degree before the Fellowship goes into effect.

3.     Have arranged in advance a research plan with his/her Japanese host researcher

Note: Those who have previously been awarded a fellowship under the JSPS Postdoctoral Fellowship Program for Foreign Researchers (excluding Postdoctoral Fellowship Program (Short-term) for North American and European Researchers and Summer Program) are not eligible.

How to Apply:

Application Through a Nominating Institution:

Applicants should contact the nominating institution in their respective countries for application forms. All applicants are required to establish affiliation with a Japanese researcher.

Again, please send any enquiries to myself at the email address above.


Asides from the listings here, MISE is always excited to hear from interested students and researchers. Send us a message anytime. jreimer@sci.u-ryukyu.ac.jp

Okinawa International Marine Science Program (OIMAP): Call for Graduate Students


Information below from the OIMAP website - if you have questions please contact us directly!


We are pleased to announce that the Okinawa International Marine Science Program (OIMAP) will receive applicants for the next academic year starting in April 2014 (October 2013 deadline has passed).

OIMAP is organized into three fields: 1) Bioscience, 2) Environmental Sciences, and 3) Physics, Chemistry and Mathematical Sciences.
The first stage of the OIMAP was a 5-year program (2007-2012), and during this term we had received many applicants more than 30 countries (see List of applicants by country).
We welcome applications from prospective master’s and doctoral students wishing to conduct research related to marine sciences,  tropical-subtropical island studies, and basic sciences. We offer students access to outstanding facilities, state-of-the-art-equipment and the opportunity to work with leading academics in their chosen field of study. OIMAP aims to build advanced research networks and core research and education hubs in the Asia Pacific region, and students are expected to acquire globally-proficient scientific skills.

Application forms 2013 for governmentally supported applicants (scholarship) currently are not available.http://www.sci.u-ryukyu.ac.jp/index.php?id=85http://www.sci.u-ryukyu.ac.jp/assets/files/FacultyandGraduateSchool/OIMAP/Applicantlist.pdfshapeimage_3_link_0shapeimage_3_link_1

MISE is currently running at full capacity and is not accepting applications for post-doctoral fellowships or students until December 2015. However, please contact us if you have an enquiry or read past calls below.