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Please contact Professor Ogata if you are interested in joining in our laboratory.

Career Opportunities

Postdoctoral positions are available from time to time. Please contact us for more information. You may want to apply to JSPS (Japan Society for the Promotion of Science) fellowships, providing different types of finantial supports for a post-doctral stay depending on your preference. If you have a JSPS regional office in your country, we recommend you to contact them for additional information.

Graduate students in other countries may be accepted for a short-term stay. It is strongly recommended that applicants obtain financial supports by themselves, such as the one from JSPS or the NSF summer program for U.S. students.

Potential Grad Students

Our laboratory is associated with two graduate schools of Kyoto University. Potential graduate students (Master/2 years or Doctor/3 years) will have to be qualified for admission to one of the following two graduate schools. These two graduate schools organize their entrance exam independently. Please check the following web pages for the deadlines of application and the dates of entrance exam, although we strongly recommend you to contact us first. Very approximatively, the admission processes by the graduate schools are yearly scheduled as below.

Graduate school of Science Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences

Master Doctor Doctor Master† Master† Doctor Master†/Doctor
Application Jul Jan Jun Jul Jan Nov Aug
Exam Aug‡ Feb Aug Aug‡ Feb Nov Sep
Enrollment Apr Apr Oct Apr Apr Apr Oct

† It is generally recommended that the applicants have stayed at least six months as a research student (see below) in the laboratory prior to application to the Doctor or Master programs. The six months stay is indeed mandatory for the admission to the Master course of the Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences.
‡ These exams are carried out only in Japanese.

Japanese government scholarship

For those who need finantial supports, we strongly recommend applicants to obtain a scholarship by themselves, such as the Japanese government (MEXT) scholarship.

Research students

Potentail graduate students may apply to research students ("Kenkyu-sei") of the Institute for Chemical Research for short stay (usually 6 to 12 months) in our lab before becoming a graduate student. Many of the past students from abroad used this system. This research student system may allow you to familiarize yourself with life in Japan and to prepare the entrance exam of the graduate schools.


Fees are subject to change. Please refer to relevant offcial pages cited above for update.

Graduate student Research student
Exam fee 30,000 Yen 9,800 Yen
Admission fee 282,000 Yen 84,600 Yen
Tuition fee 535,800 Yen / year 29,700 Yen / month

Additional informaiton

Bioinformatics Center Institute for Chemical Research Kyoto University