Developmental Neurobiology Unit / Technician

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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 ( ).


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


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.

Report to 

Prof. Ichiro Masai

Starting Date 

After 1 Jan 2023

Term & Working Hours 

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

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

Compensation & Benefits 

Compensation 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 

Apply by emailing your Submission Documents to:

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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

Submission Documents 

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

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Application Due Date 

Applications deadline will continue until the position is filled (Applications will be screened upon arrival)


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