National Institutes of Biomedical Innovation, Health and Nutrition
Institute for Protein Research


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 data integration, target discovery and safety assessment). 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 for more details.

Two positions of postdoctoral research associate are currently open, working on one of the following projects: 1) the development of a pharmacokinetic modelling platform, 2) drug target discovery with artificial intelligence and 2) drug design to modulate biological macromolecular interactions.

[Qualification requirements]
The successful applicant has 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 with new technologies including big data analytics and artificial intelligence, 2) experience in handling clinical and/or 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.

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 2020 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 2019, or as appropriate based on the needs of the successful candidate.

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.

31 January 2019 (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 (, +81-72-641-9890). See for further information.

Dr Kenji Mizuguchi
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