DNA Sequencing Section Leader

The Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST; see www.oist.jp) 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.

Division/Section Function

The Research Support Division (RSD) shall contribute to research and education by providing excellent common research facilities and research support services for the researchers and students at OIST. Technical sections of RSD shall provide maintenance of common equipment/facilities, operation training, fair access, consultation on experimental design and choice of methods/instruments, and technical support on data acquisition and analysis. Administrative sections of RSD shall provide support on grant applications, collaborations, health and safety and other support to research activities.

As one of the technical sections of RSD, DNA Sequencing Section provides support to researchers in promoting advances in biological science by providing genomic analyses services. Services offered include next-generation sequencing (NGS) support in a wide range of NGS applications, such as de novo genome sequencing, re-sequencing, RNA sequencing, and ChIP sequencing, etc. Currently, the section has seven NGS sequencers: Hiseq4000, Illumina HiSeq2500, MiSeq, PacBio RSII and Oxford Nanopore MinION. In addition, the section owns capillary sequencers, realtime PCR, microarray and etc. for common use.


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


OIST Research Support Division (RSD) is looking for a Section Leader to lead and manage DNA Sequencing Section by providing cutting-edge sequencing services to meet the needs of OIST researchers. The Section Leader will report to the Provost. The responsibilities of the Section Leader will be to manage section members, DNA sequencing facility and equipment, provide supervision on section members and ensure the quality of sequencing services to satisfy the growing number of requests for sequencing.

  1. Lead and manage DNA Sequencing Section to include: oversight of daily operations, supervision on 7 section members, management of section budget and HR duties.
  2. Ensure the quality of sequencing data provided to researchers.
  3. Manage sequencing requests, organize them by priority level, assign the work and track progress.
  4. Manage the DNA sequencing facilities and equipment within the university.
  5. Provide consulting and technical assistance to researchers on DNA sequencing.
  6. Plan and implement safety and technical training to researchers, technicians and students who use common-use equipment.
  7. Develop a mid to long-term facility plan to improve sequencing services, by assessing researchers’ needs, select the best solutions to meet the needs, make budgetary requests and etc.
  8. Organize users group meetings
  9. Provide section members with appropriate learning opportunities to develop their technical skills.



  1. A minimum of 7 years of experience in using the next generation sequencers either as a researcher or research support staff
  2. Business-level English, ability to communicate effectively with researchers in English  
  3. PhD in molecular biology or a relevant area
  4. A minimum of 3 years of experience in management
  5. Working experience in an international research institution/university is desirable

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Starting Date 

As early as possible

Term & Working Hours 

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

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

Compensation & Benefits 

Compensation in accordance with the OIST Employee Compensation Regulations

Annual salary: 6.1 million ~ 14.3 million yen (Job class: Research Support Leader RS4)


- Relocation, housing and commuting allowances
- Annual paid leave and summer holidays
- Health insurance (Private School Mutual Aid http://www.shigakukyosai.jp/)
- Welfare pension insurance (kousei-nenkin)
- Worker’s accident compensation insurance (roudousha-saigai-hoshou-hoken)

How To Apply 

Apply by emailing your Submission Documents to:
(Please replace [at] with @ before using this email address)

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

Submission Documents 

- Curriculum vita 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
* Please be sure to indicate where you first saw the job advertisement.

Application Due Date 

August 31, 2018 (Applications will be screened upon arrival)


* 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 women and minority candidates to apply.

* 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 our website (www.oist.jp).