DNA Sequencing Technical Staff

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, DNA 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. Aside from genomic analysis services, the Section has started testing of COVID19 virus to cooperate with Okinawa Prefecture from May, 2020.

The OIST DNA Sequencing Section seeks highly-motivated and team-oriented technical staff to expand DNA sequencing capability within the university. The principle responsibility of the position will be to support OIST researchers with sequencing needs by accepting DNA, RNA, and various tissue samples, preparing libraries, operating the latest sequencers, and submitting collected data to requesters.


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


1. Support OIST researchers in their DNA sequencing to include:

  • 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 DNA Sequencing Section Leader.


1. An undergraduate degree or higher in a scientific or technical field and experience with scientific research are required.

2. A minimum 3 years of experience as a research support staff.

3. 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. Ability to judge priorities and run multiple tasks in parallel under minimum supervision by the section leader.

Report to 

DNA Sequencing Section Leader

Starting Date 

As early as possible

Term & Working Hours 

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

Working hours: Flextime (core time 10:00-15:00) 7.5 hrs per day (Multiplied by prescribed working days per month)

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 http://www.shigakukyosai.jp/ )
Welfare pension insurance (kousei-nenkin)
Worker’s accident compensation insurance (roudousha-saigai-hoshou-hoken)

How To Apply 

Apply by uploading your submission documents HERE*.
*This is a secure file uploading system for handling confidential materials.

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

If you have any questions, please contact us at recruiting[at]oist.jp.
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Submission Documents 

- Curriculum vita in English (and Japanese if available)
- Cover letter in English (and Japanese if available)
*Up to 3 references may be requested during the final interview stage.

Application Due Date 

Applications deadline will continue until the position is filled.


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