Chemical Safety Specialist (Chemical Safety and Lab Waste Management)

The position

To ensure that all research and occupational health and safety initiatives at the University meet or exceed the standards of safety-related laws, and to minimize health and safety risks to the University as a whole. The Occupational Health and Safety Section provides education and training, operates committee reviews, prepares and supports notification documents to regulatory authorities, prepare manuals and guidelines, patrols, and investigates incidents.
Scope includes wide range of areas, including chemical substances, laboratory waste, biosafety, radiation, field work, and occupational safety and health. We also provide support for ethical review related to human subjects research.

This position, as Chemical Safety Specialist (Chemical Safety and Lab Waste Management), will provide guidance, advice, and conduct inspections related to the use and management of chemical materials and the management laboratory waste, etc.
In addition, have an important role in promoting safety and legal compliance in a wide range of research activities at the University while being involved in other health and safety tasks.

  1. Provide guidance, advice, and inspections related to the use and management of chemical materials, and manage the chemical management system.
  2. Provide guidance and management to ensure compliance with laws, regulations, and guidelines related to experimental wastes.
  3. Maintain and disseminate regulations, manuals, guidelines, training materials, etc.
  4. Liaison and coordination with government agencies and support for the preparation of authorization documents.
  5. Provide support for other operations conducted by the Occupational Health and Safety Section.


  1. Experience in management of chemical substances
  2. Minimum of a Master's degree in a scientific or technical field or equivalent work experience
  3. Business-level communication skills in Japanese and English (TOEIC 700 or above)
  4. Willingness to acquire qualifications required for the tasks.
  5. Able to work flexibly and communicate well with other staff members.


  1. Certified with Hazardous Materials Engineer, Specially Controlled Industrial Waste Manager, Organic Solvent Operations Chief, Specified Chemical Substances Operations Chief, etc.
  2. Experience in scientific research or working at a university or government agency
  3. Ability to take initiative with good skills in identifying problems and solving them.
Compensation and Benefits

In accordance with the OIST Employee Compensation Regulations


Submission Documents
  • Cover letter in both English and Japanese
  • Curriculum vitae in both English and Japanese
  • Names and contact information of 3 referees, one of which should be a previous employer

* Applicants whose native language is Japanese are required to submit both documents in English and Japanese.
* Please be sure to indicate where you first saw the job advertisement.
* Up to 3 references may be requested during the final interview stage.
* Prior to the start of employment all new hires are required to successfully complete a background check. Personal information including employment history and academic background should be submitted to OIST after a conditional offer of employment.

  • 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 applications from underrepresented groups.
  • 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.
  • Please view OIST policy for rules on external professional activities
  • Further details about the University can be viewed on the OIST website
Job Type
Starting Date
As early as possible
Employment Term

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

Working Hours

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

Report To
Manager of Occupational Health and Safety Section
Job Location
Main Campus
Application Due Date
09 April 2023

We thank all those who apply but only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.