Senior Director of Core Facilities

OIST has developed world-class core research facilities, comprising animal resources, environmental research and data support, engineering, imaging, instrument analysis, a marine station, scientific computing, and sequencing. We now seek a senior leader for these core facilities, with the vision and skill to further develop their capability. “Director of Core Facilities” reports to the Provost and works closely with faculty and Core Facility Section Leaders (section leaders).


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


  1. Work with the section leaders to further develop world class research core facilities.
  2. Manage the administrative processes of Core Facilities’ such as budget request, coordinate requests for new equipment and staff.
  3. Ensure fair access to facilities, optimized investment, effective use, and develop long-term equipment renewal plans in collaboration with faculty and section leaders.
  4. Cooperate with HR to provide training opportunities to facility staff and develop staff career path for sustainable operation of the core facilities.
  5. Seek to enhance external networks such as mutual use of core facilities and participating in core technologies networks in Japan and internationally.
  6. Apply for grants to further enhance facilities in collaboration with section leaders.
  7. Implementation and management of a campus wide equipment reservation and management system.
  8. Study and implement appropriate internal cost charging model.
  9. Organize fee-for-use services to external users/companies in collaboration with section leaders
  10. Present the core facilities at external events and create significant digital resources such as webpages to attract collaborators and users.
  11. Manage assignment of core facility administrators to maintain smooth operation of the core facilities in collaboration with section leaders
  12. Develop, implement and manage relevant rules, procedures, system and staff to achieve above items, and to standardize the service flow throughout the core facilities.
  13. Perform other duties assigned by the Provost


  1. Specific technical expertise in relevant technologies, with at least 10 years of experience managing a group of facilities
  2. Significant technical track record, with PhD or equivalent qualification
  3. Leadership experience in diverse and multicultural settings
  4. Highly flexible and innovative
  5. Sense of fairness, compliance and teamwork
  6. Excellent communication skill in English and ability to solve problems. Ability to communicate in Japanese is desired, but not required

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Starting Date 

As early as possible

Term & Working Hours 

Term: Full-time, fixed term appointment for 1-2 years. Contract initially with 3-month probationary period (inclusive). This contract may be renewed.

Working hours: 9:00-17:30

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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or send by post to the following address:
HR Recruiting Section
Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University
1919-1, Onna, Onna-son, Okinawa 904-0495, Japan

Submission Documents 

  • Cover letter in both English (and Japanese if available)
  • Curriculum vitae in both English (and Japanese if available)

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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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