Sequencing Specialists

The Research Support Division (RSD) contributes 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, Sequencing Section provides support to researchers in promoting advances in biological science by providing genomic analysis 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 the following NGS sequencers: Illumina NovaSeq6000, Illumina MiSeq, Illumina iSeq, PacBio Sequel II, Oxford Nanopore MinION, and Oxford Nanopore PromethION. In addition, the section owns capillary sequencers, realtime PCR, microarray and etc. for common use.

The OIST Sequencing Section seeks highly-motivated and team-oriented technical specialists to expand DNA sequencing capability within the university. The principle responsibility of the positions will be to support OIST researchers with sequencing needs by providing consultation on experimental protocols, accepting DNA, RNA, and various tissue samples, preparing libraries, operating the latest sequencers, and submitting collected data to requesters. Experienced Specialist will also be required to assist the management of the Section.


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


  1. Support OIST researchers in their DNA sequencing to include:
    •  Provide consultation to researchers on experimental protocols and sequencing strategies based on their research purposes.
    • Accept and prepare DNA, RNA and various tissue samples for sequencing library
    • Operate the latest DNA sequencers and submit collected data to researchers
  2. Collect and share the latest IT and biological trends to section members to improve the Section’s service quality.
  3. Carry out routine cleaning and maintenance of sequencers and tools within the sequencing facility.
  4. Other duties as assigned by the Sequencing Section Leader.
  5. Standardization of the existing experimental protocols for the team.
  6. Networking with external specialists for improvement and enhancement of the Section’s operations.
  7. Spearhead a selection of new equipment and reagents.
  8. For experienced Specialist, improvement of existing work processes and proposals, development, and implementation of new operating workflows.



  1. A master's degree or equivalent in a scientific or technical field.
  2. Experience with scientific research are required.
  3. A minimum of 3 years of experience in using the latest sequencing technologies either as a researcher or research support staff.
  4. Ability to think logically and work systematically and accurately. Fairness, Sincerity, Honesty, and Team player.
  5. Ability to effectively communicate and provide customer-oriented service to researchers in English both written and spoken.
  6. Good team player and ability to mentor and coach less experienced members.
  7. Ability to judge priorities and run multiple tasks and projects in parallel under minimum supervision by the section leader.
  8. Business level Japanese and English


  1. Strong problem-finding and solving skills in core facility operations and research support.

Report to 

Sequencing Section Leader

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 

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
  • Recource Center (Daily Life Support in Okinawa)

How To Apply 

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Submission Documents 

  • Curriculum vita in both English and Japanese
  • Cover letter in both English and Japanese
  • Names and contact information of 3 referees, one of which should be a previous employer

*Applicants whose native language is Japanese are required to submit both documents in English and Japanese.Cover letter in both English and Japanese
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* Up to 3 references may be requested during the final interview stage.
* 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 third-party administrators after a conditional offer of employment.

Application Due Date 

2022/10/28 *Application will be screened upon arrival, and the selection will end once the position is filled.


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