Cryo-Electron Microscopy Specialist

The Imaging Section (IMG) is part of the Research Support Division at OIST that manages the research core facility light and electron microscopy. IMG provides technical support, teaching and collaborations for research projects. IMG has been adopted as a member of the project “Basis for Supporting Innovative Drug Discovery and Life Science Research (BINDS, FY2017-FY2021)” funded by the Japan Agency for Medical Research (AMED). We provide technical support on molecular, structural analysis using cryo-electron microscopy to external researchers through AMED and develop technology. Recently, we started a trainings program for single particle analysis within the BINDS consortium.

The Cryo-Electron Microscopy Specialist will be employed on the AMED grant for BINDS, and takes responsibilities described below, while reporting to the Imaging Section Leader.


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


  1. Provides support services on structural analysis of proteins, i.e., on cryo-sample preparation, data acquisition and analysis.
  2. Provides users with appropriate trainings on the cryo-TEMs and relevant preparation equipment, and monitors the usage of the equipment.
  3. Provides consultations on cryo-imaging, measurement and analysis, and/or support services in cryo-sample preparation, machine operation for data acquisition, and data analysis.
  4. In addition to the daily communication with the users, holds periodical user meetings to encourage communication among the users for sharing understandings and solving problems.
  5. Expands the coverage of support by introducing the latest technologies and by seeking professional, technical training.
  6. Maintains and expands the collaborative relationship with other domestic and international institutes.
  7. Maintains the relevant equipment including sample preparation devices at the best condition and manages reagents and consumables for cryo electron microscopy.
  8. Supports purchase and procurement by requesting necessary equipment based on the needs of the users, by documenting the specifications of the equipment and by communicating with the manufacturers and vendors, etc.
  9. Other duties as required in the Section.


  1. Specific expertise in cryo-electron microscopy, with ability to prepare samples, to manage cryo-TEMs, to analyze data, and to support users.
  2. Expertise in single particle analysis and structure solution software.
  3. Significant research track record, with Ph.D. or equivalent qualification.
  4. Work experience in a core facility of universities or institutes for science is desirable.
  5. Sense of fairness, compliance and teamwork in a diverse and multicultural environment.
  6. Excellent communication skills in English. Ability to communicate in Japanese is desirable but not required.
  7. Proactive participation in technical and organizational improvement, collaborating with colleagues and clients.

Report to 

Imaging Section, Research Support Leader

Starting Date 

As early as possible

Term & Working Hours 

Term: Full-time, fixed term appointment until March 31, 2021. Contract has initially a 3 month probationary period (inclusive).
This contract may be renewed until March 31, 2022 for the BINDS project of AMED.

Working hours: 9:00-17:30 (Discretionary)

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 

  • Curriculum vitae in English (and Japanese if available)
  • Cover letter in English (and Japanese if available)
  • Names and contact information of 3~5 referees, one of which should be a previous employer

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Application Due Date 

Until the position is filled (Applications will be screened upon arrival)


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