Research Associate, Institute for Cell-Material Sciences(Bioscience and Biophysics)

September 30, 2010

Job Title

Research Associate (Postdoctoral fellow / Bioscience and Biophysics)

Number of Positions



Kusumi Lab, Institute for Integrated Cell-Material Sciences, Institute for Frontier Medical Sciences, Kyoto University
53 Kawahara-cho, Shougoin, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto, Japan 
(3-min walk from JinguMarutamachi Station of Keihan Railway)

Job Description

Single-molecule tracking and manipulation approaches for elucidating the "Membrane Mechanisms", i.e., fundamental physical properties of the plasma membrane that enables membrane functions, including (1) signal transduction in the plasma membrane, (2) activity-dependent reorganization of the neuronal network, particularly remodelling of the synapses, and (3) interactions between actin-based membrane skeleton and the plasma membrane.
Job Description: To carry out single-molecule tracking and manipulation of molecules of interest (including varous signaling molecules, adhesion molecules, scaffolding molecules, molecules that are involved in synapse reorganization), elucidating the spatiotemporal regulation mechanisms for their recruitment and interactions


A Ph.D. degree in life science-related fields, physics, and chemistry


Determined in accordance with the existing employment regulations of Kyoto University (Annual salary system)


Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Mutual Society of Heath Insurance and Employment Insurance

Starting Date

The earliest possible date

Term of Employment

March 31, 2012 (Could be renewed up to five years)

Documents to be Submitted

(1) CV
(2) Lists of publications and presentations(include invited lectures at universities)
(3) Reprints or copies of major academic publications or reviews written by the candidate (Up to 10 items)
(4) Summary of research experience (1000 – 2000 words in English)
(5) Names and contact details of two referees
*Please contact us first before you start preparing application materials. This could save your time and efforts.

Screening Process

All applications submitted will be reviewed, and an interview and a seminar will be scheduled for selected applicants.


Dec. 31, 2010
*Once the positions are filled, applications will not be accepted thereafter.

Application Method

Please send your application materials by e-mail.
E-mail: kusumi-g* (Please replace the * with @.)
E-mail: singlemolecules111* (Please replace the * with @.)

Contact Information

Prof. Akihiro Kusumi
Institute for Frontier Medical Sciences, Kyoto University
TEL: +81-(0)75-751-4112
E-mail: kusumi-g* (Please replace the * with @.)
E-mail: singlemolecules111* (Please replace the * with @.)


Personal information contained in the application materials will be used solely for the purpose of screening applicants, and never for any other purposes. Application materials will only be reviewed by selected members of Kusumi laboratory under strict control and will never be disclosed, assigned, or given to any third party. Submitted application materials are not returnable.