John Hernlund: Student, Post-Doc, & Visit Opportunities
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Working, Collaborating, and Studying at ELSI in Tokyo

The Earth-Life Science Institute (ELSI) is a permanent research institution based at the Tokyo Institute of Technology. Our unique charter is to rally scientists in disciplines ranging from astrophysics to biology to collaborate together and address one of the most challenging unsolved scientific questions of all time: How did life emerge on Earth, and how might it emerge elsewhere in the universe?

What is ELSI like? Simply stated, ELSI is entirely unique. There is no other institution in the world that is similar to ELSI. In fact, we often hear colleagues say that they were part of a conversation that could happen "only at ELSI." We have created an environment where open-minded scientists can come together and find synergies that go far beyond what one might encounter anywhere else in the world.

If you are like us, and share our passions for breaking down the artificial and useless barriers that have been constructed around us, which divide and control and prevent us from doing the kind of research that motivates our passion for science, then you will love working, collaborating, and/or studying at ELSI. I've listed some opportunities for each below. If you are interested, please contact me at for more information.

Visitor Opportunities

JSPS Invitational Fellowship

The Japan Society for Promotion of Science (JSPS) offers invitational fellowships that support visitors to come and stay in Japan for the purpose of scientific collaboration. Our contacts at JSPS tell us that this program is presently under-subscribed, and chances of funding success are good. Visit JSPS's invitational fellowship website for more details.

ELSI Visitor Program

ELSI has a visitor program with modest funding to support your stay with us in Japan. These requests need to be submitted by myself to the ELSI Research Interactions Committee, so please e-mail me if you would like to explore this possibility.

Post-Doctoral Opportunities

JSPS Fellowship

The Japan Society for Promotion of Science (JSPS) offers a variety of programs for funding post-doctoral fellowships in Japan. These are nice fellowships, which include a competitive salary, research funds, and life support for living in Japan. Visit JSPS's website for more details.

ELSI Recruitment

We do not presently have any recruitments open, however, please check back as I will post information about these opportunities when they become available.

Student Opportunities

Graduate Study at ELSI

Both masters and doctoral opportunities are now open, and interested students are invited to apply. Please enquire with me directly if you are interested (, do so as early as possible in order to plan ahead.

Internships at ELSI

I have hosted several students for research internships in the past, and I am always open to arranging future internships for ambitious students who would benefit from the experience of spending time at ELSI. Please contact me to propose and make arrangements.