Developmental Neurobiology Unit / Technician

The position

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.

Unit Summary:

Developmental neurobiology unit in the OIST has investigated the mechanism of vertebrate retinal development, especially neuronal diffrenetiation and neural circuit formation, using zebrafish as an animal model. Furthermore, the unit has also investigated the mechanism underlying photoreceptor degeneration and regeneration. Throughout these research projects, we will establish novel concepts that govern development of multicellular organisms and also contribute to understanding pathological processes involved in human eye diseases.

Information on our research is shown in our lab URL ( ).


We are searching one or two technicians, who will work following tasks:

  1. Breeding and maintenance of zebrafish
  2. Maintenance of zebrafish facility
  3. Support of research projects


Applicants should have Bachelor, Master degree or phD in the field of biology.

Compensation and Benefits

In accordance with the OIST Employee Compensation Regulations


Submission Documents
  • Curriculum vitae with photograph
  • Brief description of your past work and short explanation of application’s reasons for applying (A4, 1-2 pages)
  • One recommendation letter from the current or past supervisor

* 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.

How To Apply 

Apply by emailing your Submission Documents to:

Or send documents via post mail to:

Mizuki Otake (Ms), Developmental Neurobiology Unit

Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University

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

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Job Type
Starting Date
01 February 2023
Employment Term

Full-time, appointment for 1 year contract initially with 3 month probationary period (renewable)

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

Working Hours

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

Report To
Professor Ichiro Masai
Job Location
Main Campus: 1919-1 Tancha, Onna-son, Kunigami-gun, Okinawa
Application Due Date
Applications will be accepted until all positions are filled.
*Application will be closed once the position is filled.
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