Animal Resources Section Leader

There are several animal facilities (total more than 3,000 square meters) in OIST Onna Campus (Laboratories 1, 2, and 4) and Okinawa Marine Science Satiation. In addition, OIST will build up new rodent facilities (3,000 square meters or more) in laboratory 5 and commence its operation by the end of 2022.  The Animal Resources Section (ARS) has supported animal experiments using laboratory animals with ARS staff and outsourced staff under OIST animal care and use program in accordance with Global, local and OIST regulations.

Currently, the OIST animal care and use program is operating under global standards and should be developed to state of the art through leading edge of laboratory animal science and medicine.  The section leader of ARS manages all duties in animal facilities related laboratory animals besides animal experiments for researchers, animal care staff and laboratory animals.


1919‐1 Tancha, Onna‐son, Okinawa, Japan 904-0495


  1. Supervise laboratory animal care: Rodent, Zebra finch, Xenopus, Zebrafish, Cephalopod and any other animal model species required in future
  2. Supervise animal facilities: Rodent, Zebra finch, Xenopus, Zebrafish located in main campus buildings
  3. Manage OIST animal care and use program for maintaining international accreditation of animal facilities
  4. Manage section staff and outsourcing staff
  5. Create and execute section’s business plan
  6. Manage the section’s annual budget (including planning, execution, and reports)



  1. Veterinarian license
  2. Experience of 5 years or more as manager of laboratory animal facilities or attending veterinarian
  3. Business level English communication skills (written and oral)


  1. Ph.D.  
  2. Diplomate of colleges of laboratory animal medicine

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Starting Date 

As early as possible

Term & Working Hours 

Term: Full-time, fixed term appointment for 2 years. Contract initially with 3-month probationary period (inclusive). This contract may be renewed.

Working hours: 9:00-17:30

Compensation & Benefits 

In accordance with the OIST Employee Compensation Regulations

Relocation, housing and commuting allowances
Annual paid leave and summer holidays
Health insurance (Private School Mutual Aid )
Welfare pension insurance (kousei-nenkin)
Worker’s accident compensation insurance (roudousha-saigai-hoshou-hoken)

How To Apply 

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Submission Documents 

- Letter of intent in both English (and Japanese if available)
- Curriculum vitae in both English (and Japanese if available)
- Names and contact information of 3 referees, one of which should be a previous employer

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Application Due Date 

July 31, 2020 (Applications will be screened upon arrival)


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