NIG Postdoctoral Fellowship 2024 | National Institute of Genetics for International Students

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The NIG Postdoctoral Fellowship 2024 is a fully funded scholarship available to international students. The period of employment is up to 3 years starting from the initial date of hire, with the possibility of annual reappointment. This fellowship offers various benefits, including an annual salary of approximately 4,100,000 JPY (tax inclusive), mutual society of health insurance, commuting allowance (subject to conditions), and compensation insurance.

The primary objective of the National Institute of Genetics (referred to as “NIG”) is to recruit talented young researchers as NIG postdoctoral research fellows (referred to as “NIG postdocs”) and involve them in research activities at the institute for a specific duration. The aim is to advance research at NIG and nurture researchers with exceptional research capabilities.

Established in 1949 by the Ministry of Education, the National Institute of Genetics (NIG) focuses on comprehensive and applied studies in genetics, including theoretical and fundamental research, as well as the instruction and promotion of genetic science.

Fellowship Summary:

  • Level of Study: Postdoctoral
  • Institution(s): National Institute of Genetics
  • Study in: Japan
  • Opportunity Focus Areas:
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  • Program Period: The period of employment is up to 3 years from the initial date of hire, with the possibility of annual reappointment.

Courses Offered:

  • Genome Informatics
  • Biological
  • Plant Genetics
  • Evolutionary Genetics
  • Ecological Genetics
  • DNA Data Analysis
  • Population Genetics
  • Symbiosis and Cell Evolution
  • Model Fish Genetics
  • Multicellular Organization
  • Brain Function
  • Molecular and Developmental Biology
  • Cell Dynamics and Signaling
  • Plant Cytogenetics
  • Mammalian Neural Circuits
  • Microbial Physiology
  • Mouse Genomics Resource
  • Epigenomics
  • Molecular Cell Engineering
  • Genome Dynamics
  • Cell Architecture
  • Invertebrate Genetics
  • Quantitative Mechanobiology
  • Systems Neuroscience
  • Chromosome Biochemistry

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Program Period:

The employment duration is a maximum of 3 years starting from the initial date of hire, and reappointment is done annually.

Fellowship Coverage:

The NIG Postdoctoral Fellowship provides the following benefits:

  • Annual salary of approximately 4,100,000 JPY, including tax.
  • Mutual society of health insurance coverage.
  • Commuting allowance (subject to conditions).
  • Employment insurance coverage.
  • Compensation insurance.

Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible for the NIG Postdoctoral Fellowship at the National Institute of Genetics in Japan, candidates must meet the following requirements:

  • Required Language: English
  • Eligible Countries: All World Countries
  • Possess sufficient research skills to pursue genetics research projects.
  • Hold a PhD degree (or equivalent) or expect to obtain it before the date of arrival at the post.
  • Individuals who have previously been enrolled at NIG as of March 31, 2023, are not eligible to apply. This includes current/former postdocs, technical staff at NIG, or graduate students at the Department of Genetics, SOKENDAI. Temporal visits, such as internships, are not considered.
  • NIG postdocs are expected to actively contribute to the advancement of research at NIG as a whole. This includes active participation in NIG Poster Sessions, NIG Retreats, and NIG colloquia. Research plans that require long-term stays at institutes/universities outside of NIG are generally not accepted.
  • At the end of the employment period, NIG postdocs are required to present their achievements at the NIG colloquium.
  • Publications resulting from the research must acknowledge the support received from the NIG postdoc grant.

How to Apply:

To apply for the NIG Postdoctoral Fellowship at the National Institute of Genetics in Japan, please follow these instructions:

(1) Consult with your prospective PI (Principal Investigator) regarding your research project and send the following PDF files via email:

(2) Prepare the following documents (Form 1 to 4) using the specified forms, which can be downloaded from the provided link. Keep the following points in mind when preparing the documents:

  • Applications should be filled out in either Japanese or English.
  • Format 2 and 4 allow for the insertion of figures and the use of color.
  • Do not modify the layout, size (A4), or number of pages.
  • Include 2 reference letters from your supervisor and the host PI.

(3) Merge all the prepared documents into a single PDF file and send it to the following email address: [email protected].

Application Deadline: July 05, 2023

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