Biosafety Staff

The Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST; see is a dynamic new graduate university of science and technology in Okinawa Prefecture, Japan. The university is located on 85 hectares of protected forestland overlooking beautiful shoreline and coral reefs. The campus is striking architecturally, and the facilities are outstanding (OIST campus video tour). There are no academic departments, which facilitates multidisciplinary research. Outstanding resources and equipment are provided and managed to encourage easy access and collaboration. English is the official language of the University, and the university research community is fully international, with more than 50 countries represented. OIST is rapidly gaining recognition in the worldwide academic community as a model for excellence in education and research.


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


  1. Provide consultation on experiments involving recombinant DNA or pathogens, review relevant research protocols, and process internal decision-making procedures
  2. Ensure OIST members handling pathogens take necessary health checks
  3. Create and update biosafety training materials, provide training including hands-on training, and maintain training records
  4. Inspect laboratories where rDNA or pathogen experiment are conducted
  5. Organize OIST Biosafety Committee and its meetings including travel arrangements, and prepare the meeting materials
  6. Establish and revise biosafety-related rules and manuals
  7. Management of common BSL2(3) facility and organized the user meeting of the facility
  8. Negotiate with relevant authorities and prepare documents to the authorities in terms of biosafety
  9. Other work related to biosafety and occupational health and safety, in particular including advice on import of biological samples



  1. Experience of biosafety management
  2. Excellent communication and negotiation skills.
  3. Business level English and business Japanese
  4. PC skill (MS Word, Excel, Power Point and other general PC software)
  5. Ability to understand Japanese laws and regulations accurately
  6. Master degree in biological science or engineering


  1. Ph. D. in biological science or engineering
  2. Certificate as biosafety expert


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

Starting Date 

on or after April 1, 2018

Working Hours 

Flextime (core time 10:00-15:00) 7.5hrs per day (Multiplied by prescribed working days per month)


In accordance with the OIST Employee Compensation Regulations

Annual salary: 4.2 million ~ 6.6 million yen (Job class: Administrative staff III, A3)


- 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)

Submission Documents 

- Cover letter in both English and Japanese

- Curriculum vitae in both English and Japanese

- Names and contact information of 3~5 referees, one of which should be a previous employer

* Please be sure to indicate where you first saw the job advertisement.

Application Due 

Feb. 15, 2018 (Applications will be screened upon arrival)

Postal Address 

Recruiting Team, HR Management Section

Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University

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

Email Address (Please replace # with @ before using this email address)


* OIST Graduate University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action educator and employer and is committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty, students and staff. The University strongly encourages women and minority candidates to apply.

* Information provided by applicants or references will be kept confidential, documents will not be returned. All applicants will be notified regarding the status of their applications.

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