Diving Safety Officer

The position

The OIST Core Facilities contribute to research and education by providing excellent common research facilities and research support services for the researchers and students at OIST.  The Marine Science Section is one of the technical sections within the RSD.  It operates the Marine Science Station and provides support for marine fieldwork.

Position Summary:

The OIST Marine Science Section is looking for a highly motivated and team-oriented diving safety officer to support marine fieldwork in the university.  Reporting to the Marine Science Section manager, responsible for management and operations of the research dive program, facilities and equipment. Also responsible for supervising and enforcing all the safety guidelines and procedures for all marine research operations including scientific diving.

  1. Supervise, monitor, and evaluate operations and safety compliance at sea, and report any problems to the Chair of the Diving Control Board
  2. Provide technical assistance to scientists and other personnel and advise the selection of appropriate instrumentation for research procedures.
  3. Participate in research diving surveys and operations, assist scientists and students to accomplish their research diving programs satisfactorily.
  4. Coordinate with scientists and research collaborators about scientific diving programs and appropriate equipment needs.
  5. Develop and maintain a sanctioned training and certification program approved by the OIST Dive Control Board for all research scientists and students, together with Occupational Health and Safety Section and updating the university’s Dive Safety Manual
  6. Ensure effective inspection and maintenance of scientific diving equipment.
  7. Review and recommend the latest diving technology and procedures.
  8. Recommend budgets for the Diving Program and compile an annual report of diving activities.
  9. Review health and safety aspects of research projects and instructional activities which involve skin/scuba diving and snorkeling.
  10. Develop and manage the diving safety database including but not limited to all diving records, equipment maintenance logs, diving certifications, incidents of accidents and risks, etc.
  11. Lead Diving Teams in the section, train other divers in the team on all aspects of items above through OJT and recommend appropriate external trainings to them.
  12. Other duties as assigned by the Marine Science Section Leader


  1. 10 years of related scientific diving and safety experience, preferably with an academic institution.
  2. Knowledge and communication skills needed for advancing the scientific dive program within the university research community.
  3. Extensive knowledge of marine & boat safety
  4. Adequate experience in Health, Safety, and Environment (HSE) protocols development and implementation
  5. Small boat handling, shipboard experience and seagoing ability are essential.
  6. Recognized certifications as a scientific Dive Instructor for advanced nitrox diving.
  7. Advanced lifesaving, CPR and first aid
  8. Scientific diving Instructor certifications and manufacturer specific diving equipment inspection/repair, gas blender certifications
  9. Excellent communication skills in English. Ability to communicate in Japanese is desirable.
  10. Ability to work as part of a team.
  11. Ability to adapt to local culture and rapidly changing work environment.


  1. A Bachelor's degree in marine science or equivalent
Compensation and 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)
•    Access to Child Development Center
•    Access to Schooling Options
•    Language Education
•    Resource Center (Daily Life Support in Okinawa)

Submission Documents
  • Cover letter in English required. Japanese version required only for Applicants whose native language is Japanese.
  • Curriculum vitae in English required. Japanese version required only for Applicants whose native language is Japanese.
  • Names and contact information of 3 referees, one of which should be a previous employer, will be required if the Applicant is selected for an interview.

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* 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.
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  • Further details about the University can be viewed on the OIST website www.oist.jp.
Job Type
Research support
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 may be renewed.

Working Hours

9:00-17:30 (Discretionary)

Report To
Section Leader of the Marine Science Section
Job Location
Marine Science Station: 656-7 Seragaki-hara, Onna-son, Kunigami-gun, Okinawa
Application Due Date
31 August 2023
*Application will be closed once the position is filled.
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