Kenkyuin in Bioinformatics (2015-12-7)

National Institutes of Biomedical Innovation, Health and Nutrition (NIBIOHN), Osaka

Updated Dec 7, 2015

[Overview]
In the Bioinformatics and Computational Biology Group at the NIBIOHN, we carry out bioinformatics and computational biology research into drug discovery and development (with special emphasis on early-stage target discovery and toxicity prediction). Our research involves both the analysis of real-life experimental data and the development of novel computational techniques, aiming to establish systems approaches to drug discovery.

See mizuguchilab.org for more details.

A “kenkyuin” position is currently open.

[Number of post]
1 [“ninkitsuki kenkyuin” (three-year appointment) or “kenkyuin” (one-year appointment)]

[Qualification requirements]
The successful applicant have or will have a PhD degree in a subject relevant to our research, including Computational Biology (bioinformatics, systems biology), Computer Science, Statistics, Pharmacology, Chemistry (computational chemistry, medicinal chemistry) and Biology (structural biology, molecular and cell biology). At least one of the following conditions must be satisfied: 1) a strong background in software engineering and the ability to develop novel biofinformatic software/databases, 2) experience in handling large-scale biological data such as those from transcriptomic and proteomic experiments and 3) the ability to analyze small-molecule compounds and their targets using tools in chemoinformatics and computer-aided drug design.

A good balance of scientific and interpersonal skills will be essential and willingness to tackle interdisciplinary research questions is advantageous.

[Location]
National Institutes of Biomedical Innovation, Health and Nutrition
7-6-8 Saito-Asagi, Ibaraki, Osaka 567-0085, Japan.

[Contract Conditions]
The position is full time and until the end of March 2017 (“kenkyuin”) or March 2019 (“ninkitsuki kenkyuin”) in the first instance, renewable annually upon evaluation (subject to funding availability). Terms and conditions of appointment will apply, including salary and health insurance, in accordance with NIBIOHN’s standard procedures for appointing postdoctoral research associates.

[Start of Employment]
1 April 2016, or as appropriate based on the needs of the successful candidate.

[Application]
Applications, including a full curriculum vitae, a list of publications, a short statement of previous research and future plans and contact details of two referees, should be e-mailed to the address below.

[Deadline]
31 December 2015 (may be closed early, if the position is filled).

[Selection Process]
Shortlisted candidates will be notified and invited for interview (in person or by phone).

Informal enquiries may be directed to Dr Kenji Mizuguchi (kenji@nibiohn.go.jp, +81-72-641-9890). See http://mizuguchilab.org for further information.

Contact
Dr Kenji Mizuguchi   kenji@nibiohn.go.jp
National Institutes of Biomedical Innovation, Health and Nutrition
7-6-8 Saito-Asagi, Ibaraki, Osaka 567-0085, Japan
Tel: +81 72 641 9890
Fax: +81 72 641 9881

Postdoctoral Research Associate (or Research Assistant) in Bioinformatics (2014-12-26)

National Institute of Biomedical Innovation (NIBIO), Osaka
Postdoctoral Research Associate (or Research Assistant)  in Bioinformatics

Updated Dec 26, 2014

[Overview]
In the Bioinformatics and Computational Biology Group at the NIBIO, we carry out bioinformatics and computational biology research into drug discovery and development (with special emphasis on early-stage target discovery and safety prediction). Our research involves both the analysis of real-life experimental data and the development of novel computational techniques, aiming to establish systems approaches to drug discovery.

A position is currently open, either as a postdoctoral research associate or a research assistant (programmer/systems engineer), to contribute to one or more of the following research areas:analysis of large-scale experimental data and the development of integrated databases for target discovery and safety prediction; prediction of protein-protein or protein-small molecule interactions, modelling of their impact on phenotypic responses and applications to drug design.

See mizuguchilab.org for more details.

[Number of post]
1

[Qualification requirements]
The successful postdoctoral applicant will have a PhD degree in a subject relevant to our research, including Computational Biology (bioinformatics, systems biology), Computer Science, Statistics, Pharmacology, Chemistry (computational chemistry, medicinal chemistry) and Biology (structural biology, molecular and cell biology). At least one of the following conditions must be satisfied: 1) a strong background in software engineering and the ability to develop novel biofinformatic software/databases, 2) experience in handling large-scale biological data such as those from microarray and proteomics experiments and 3) the ability to analyze small-molecule compounds using tools in chemoinformatics and computer-aided drug design.

A good balance of scientific and interpersonal skills will be essential and willingness to tackle interdisciplinary research questions is advantageous. The successful research assistant must have experience with linux cluster administration and a good command of Japanese.

[Location]
National Institute of Biomedical Innovation, Osaka
(7-6-8 Saito-Asagi, Ibaraki, Osaka 567-0085, Japan).

[Contract Conditions]
The position is full time and until the end of March 2016 in the first instance, renewable annually upon evaluation (subject to funding availability). Terms and conditions of appointment will apply, including salary and health insurance, in accordance with NIBIO’s standard procedures for appointing postdoctoral research associates (or research assistants).

[Start of Employment]
1 April 2015, or as soon as possible thereafter.

[Application]
Applications, including a full curriculum vitae, a list of publications, a short statement of future plans and contact details of two referees, should be e-mailed to the address below.

[Deadline]
31 March 2015 (may be closed early, if the position is filled).

[Selection Process]
Shortlisted candidates will be invited for interview (in person or by phone).

Informal enquiries may be directed to Dr Kenji Mizuguchi (kenji@nibiohn.go.jp, +81-72-641-9890). See http://mizuguchilab.org for further information.

Contact
Dr Kenji Mizuguchi   kenji(@)nibiohn.go.jp
National Institutes of Biomedical Innovation, Health and Nutrition
7-6-8 Saito-Asagi, Ibaraki, Osaka 567-0085, Japan
Tel: +81 72 641 9890
Fax: +81 72 641 9881

Postdoctoral Research Associate (or Research Assistant) in Bioinformatics (2013-2-14)

If you are interested in working with us, do let us know. Keep an eye on the Opportunities section of this website but also consider applying for your own fellowship such as JSPS and HFSP.

National Institute of Biomedical Innovation (NIBIO), Osaka
Postdoctoral Research Associate (or Research Assistant)  in Bioinformatics

Updated Feb 14, 2013

[Overview]
In the Bioinformatics and Computational Biology Group at the NIBIO, we carry out bioinformatics and computational biology research to assist drug discovery (with research topics ranging from target identification/validation to safety prediction). Our research involves both the analysis of real-life experimental data and the development of novel computational techniques.

A position is currently open, either as a postdoctoral research associate or a research assistant (programmer/systems engineer), to provide support for specific drug discovery projects at the NIBIO and conduct relevant research. (Current research themes include: development of integrated databases; analysis of high-throughput experimental data; and development of novel techniques including the prediction of protein interactions with other molecules. See www.mizuguchilab.org for more details.)

[Number of post]
1

[Qualification requirements]
The successful postdoctoral applicant will have a PhD degree in a subject relevant to our research, including Computational Biology (bioinformatics, systems biology), Computer Science, Statistics, Pharmacology, and Biology (structural biology, molecular and cell biology), and must be willing to develop new software/databases or handle large-scale experimental data such as microarray and proteomics data in collaboration with experimental groups. The successful research assistant must have experience with linux cluster administration and a good command of Japanese.

[Location]
National Institute of Biomedical Innovation, Osaka
(7-6-8 Saito-Asagi, Ibaraki, Osaka 567-0085, Japan).

[Contract Conditions]
The position is full time and until the end of March 2014 in the first instance, renewable annually upon evaluation (subject to funding availability and not beyond March 2018). Terms and conditions of appointment will apply, including salary and health insurance, in accordance with NIBIO’s standard procedures for appointing postdoctoral research associates (or research assistants).

[Start of Employment]
1 April 2013, or as soon as possible thereafter.

[Application]
Applications, including a full curriculum vitae, a list of publications, a short statement of future plans and contact details of two referees, should be e-mailed to the address below.

[Deadline]
31 March 2013 (may be closed early, if the position is filled).

[Selection Process]
Shortlisted candidates will be invited for interview (in person or by phone).

Informal enquiries may be directed to Dr Kenji Mizuguchi (kenji(@)nibiohn.go.jp, +81-72-641-9890). See http://www.mizuguchilab.org for further information.

Contact
Dr Kenji Mizuguchi   kenji(@)nibiohn.go.jp
National Institutes of Biomedical Innovation, Health and Nutrition
7-6-8 Saito-Asagi, Ibaraki, Osaka 567-0085, Japan
Tel: +81 72 641 9890
Fax: +81 72 641 9812

Postdoctoral Research Associate (or Research Assistant) in Bioinformatics (2012-8-24)

National Institute of Biomedical Innovation (NIBIO), Osaka
Postdoctoral Research Associate (or Research Assistant) in Bioinformatics

[Overview]
In the Bioinformatics and Computational Biology Group at the NIBIO, we carry out bioinformatics and computational biology research to assist drug discovery (ranging from target identification/validation to safety prediction). Our research involves both the analysis of real-life experimental data and the development of novel computational techniques.

A position is currently open, either as a postdoctoral research associate or a research assistant (programmer/systems engineer) to lead relevant projects and/or work in technical support. Ongoing projects include: development of integrated databases; analysis of high-throughput experimental data; development of novel techniques including the prediction of protein interactions with other molecules. (See www.mizuguchilab.org for more details.)

[Number of post]
1

[Qualification requirements]
The successful postdoctoral applicant will have a PhD degree in a subject relevant to our research, including Computational Biology (bioinformatics, systems biology), Computer Science, Statistics, Pharmacology and Biology (structural biology, molecular and cell biology), and must be willing to develop new software/databases or handle large-scale experimental data such as microarray and proteomics data in collaboration with experimental groups. The successful research assistant must have experience with linux cluster administration and a good command of Japanese.

[Location]
National Institute of Biomedical Innovation, Osaka
(7-6-8 Saito-Asagi, Ibaraki, Osaka 567-0085, Japan).

[Contract Conditions]
The position is full time and until the end of March 2012 in the first instance, renewable annually upon evaluation (and subject to funding availability). Terms and conditions of appointment will apply, including salary and health insurance, in accordance with NIBIO’s standard procedures for appointing postdoctoral research associates (or research assitants).

[Start of Employment]
1st October 2012, or as soon as possible thereafter.

[Application]
Applications, including a full curriculum vitae, a list of publications, a short statement of future plans and contact details of two referees, should be e-mailed to the address below.

[Deadline]
30 September 2012 (may be closed early, if the position is filled).

[Selection Process]
Shortlisted candidates will be invited for interview (in person or by phone).

Informal enquiries may be directed to Dr Kenji Mizuguchi (kenji(@)nibiohn.go.jp, +81-72-641-9890). See http://www.mizuguchilab.org for further information.

Contact
Dr Kenji Mizuguchi   kenji(@)nibiohn.go.jp
National Institute of Biomedical Innovation
7-6-8 Saito-Asagi, Ibaraki, Osaka 567-0085, Japan
Tel: +81 72 641 9890
Fax: +81 72 641 9812

Postdoctoral Research Associates in Bioinformatics (2012-1-6)

National Institute of Biomedical Innovation (NIBIO), Osaka
Postdoctoral Research Associates in Bioinformatics

[Overview]
In the Bioinformatics and Computational Biology Group at the NIBIO, we carry out bioinformatics and computational biology research to assist drug discovery. Particular emphasis is placed on target identification and validation, through analysis of individual biological systems and by developing novel methods (see http://www.mizuguchilab.orgfor more details). Several postdoctoral positions are currently open for the following areas: development of integrated databases; analysis of high-throughput experimental data; development of novel techniques including the prediction of protein interactions with other molecules.

[Number of post]
Several positions.

[Qualification requirements]
The successful applicant(s) will have a PhD degree in a subject relevant to the projects outlined above. At least one of the following conditions must be satisfied:
1) experience with professional database development,
2) programming skills in C, Java, python and other languages,
3) expertise in biostatistics,
4) in-depth knowledge of molecular cell biology and ability to analyze microarray and proteomics data in collaboration with experimental groups,
5) experience in bioinformatics research, particularly about protein structure and function.

[Location]
National Institutes of Biomedical Innovation, Health and Nutrition, Osaka
(7-6-8 Saito-Asagi, Ibaraki, Osaka 567-0085, Japan).

[Contract Conditions]
Each position is full time and for one year in the first instance, renewable annually upon evaluation. Terms and conditions of appointment will apply, including salary and health insurance, in accordance with NIBIO’s standard procedures for appointing postdoctoral research associates.

[Start of Employment]
1st April 2012, or as soon as possible thereafter.

[Application]
Applications, including a full curriculum vitae, a list of publications, a short statement of future plans and contact details of two referees, should be e-mailed to the address below.

[Deadline]
Open until filled.

[Selection Process]
Shortlisted candidates will be invited for interview (in person or by phone).

Informal enquiries may be directed to Dr Kenji Mizuguchi (kenjinibiohn.go.jp, +81-72-641-9890). See http://www.mizuguchilab.orgfor further information.

Contact
Dr Kenji Mizuguchi kenjinibiohn.go.jp
National Institutes of Biomedical Innovation, Health and Nutrition
7-6-8 Saito-Asagi, Ibaraki, Osaka 567-0085, Japan
Tel: +81 72 641 9890
Fax: +81 72 641 9812

Applications are currently invited for the 3-year PhD programme at the Graduate School of Frontier Biosciences (FBS), Osaka University (2010-12-9)

Applications are open for April 2011 start (deadline: 11 January 2011 – closed).
The next round of applications for the 3-year PhD programme at the FBS is now open. See the FBS wibsite for more details and contact us well in advance.)
Briefly:
1. If you have a Master’s degree, you can enrol in the 3-year PhD programme (either October or April start). As part of the formal selection procedure, you are supposed to make a presentation in Osaka but I can conduct a telephone interview and you may skip the visit to Osaka.

2. If you do not have a Master’s degree, you can enrol in the 5-year PhD programme (April start only). For this, you will have to apply in the June period and take an entrance exam in the summer.

3. Fee waivers and limited financial support from the School (through the global COE programme) are available but these are awarded only after you start the course. Therefore, applying for a scholarship to secure your own (even partial) funding will be strongly encouraged.

4. In parallel to the formal application to Osaka University, you should send me your CV with a short description of your research interest.

Some additional information about studying in Japan

General information
Study in Japan Comprehensive Guide
Japan Student Services Organization
Information for international students on the Osaka University site
Campus Life page on the Kyoto University site (should contain general information)

For overseas students studying in Japan, there are several options:
1) Self-funded students. These students usually get tuition wavers and have many opportunities for scholarships when they get there.
2) Students with their own government’s scholarships. Again once in Japan, there are additional scholarships they can apply for.
3) Japanese government scholarship students. The competition can be severe, depending on the country. See the next section (Monbukagakusho scholarship) for more details.

Monbukagakusho (MEXT) scholarship
General information about the Japanese govenment scholarship program for 2012 can be found here.
There are three channels for applying for the MEXT scholarship.
1) The Japanese embassy recommendation
Contact the Japanese embassy in your country (e.g., Bangladesh and UK). Although the competition is severe, this is the only general method for applying and you should try.

2) University recommendation
This option has two types. The first requires a special grant awarded to the host department and unfortunately, the FBS has no such grant at the moment and thus, this channel is unavailable to us. The second type is “general” and you may be able to apply for it. (An announcement is made typically in October each year.) However, there is strong competition within the University; each Department may be able to nominate up to two candidates and there is no guarantee that our Department can make recommendations.

3) Applications within Japan
If someone is already in Japan as a self-funded student, he or she can apply for the scholarship but the competition is, again, extremely severe.

How much does it cost?
Entrance Examination Fee (non-refundable) – JPY 30,000
Matriculation fee (to be paid before you start) – JPY 282,000 (one-off)
Tuition fee – JPY 535,800 per year

See the Osaka University website for more details.

Matriculation fee waivers are available for a very small number of students. Tuition fee waivers are more widely available.

Living expenses for international students in Osaka may be JPY 134,000 per month (including tution fess of 51,000) at the minimum. Visit Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO).

Postdoctoral Research Associates in Bioinformatics (2008-10-17)

(New on 29 November 2007)
National Institute of Biomedical Innovation (NiBio), Osaka

Postdoctoral Research Associates in Bioinformatics

[Overview]
In the Bioinformatics and Computational Biology Group at the NiBio, we carry out structural and functional bioinformatics research into complex biological systems with the goal of developing novel drugs (see www.mizuguchilab.org). Several postdoctoral positions are currently open for the following areas: 1) development of a new method for modelling the dynamic structures of membrane proteins, 2) discovering novel drug targets by predicting molecular functions and protein networks and 3) development of novel techniques including the prediction of protein interactions with other molecules.

[Number of post]
One or two positions.

[Qualification requirements]
The successful applicant(s) will have a PhD degree in a subject relevant to the projects outlined above. Experience with programming (software development) and a knowledge of bioinformatics, particularly about protein structure and function, would be desirable.

[Location]
National Institute of Biomedical Innovation, Osaka
(7-6-8 Saito-Asagi, Ibaraki, Osaka 567-0085, Japan). See http://www.nibiohn.go.jp/index_e.html for further details.

[Contract Conditions]
Each position is full time and for one year in the first instance, renewable annually upon evaluation. Terms and conditions of appointment will apply, including salary and health insurance, in accordance with NiBio’s standard procedures for appointing postdoctoral research associates.

[Start of Employment]
1st April 2008, or as soon as possible thereafter.

[Application]
Applications, including a full curriculum vitae, a list of publications, a short statement of future plans and contact details of two referees, should be e-mailed to the address below.

[Deadline]
Open until filled. The applications received by 31th January 2008 will be assured full consideration.

[Selection Process]
Shortlisted candidates will be invited for interview (in person or by phone).

Informal enquiries may be directed to Dr Kenji Mizuguchi (kenji@nibiohn.go.jp, +81-72-641-9890). See http://www.mizuguchilab.org for further information.

Contact
Dr Kenji Mizuguchi kenji@nibiohn.go.jp
National Institute of Biomedical Innovation
7-6-8 Saito-Asagi, Ibaraki, Osaka 567-0085, Japan
Tel : +81 72 641 9890
Fax : +81 72 641 9881