Domestic Grants Acquisition Officer

The position

As a member of the Dean Research Office for Research and as the head of the relevant section, you will be responsible for developing the university's strategy for major external funding and ensuring its success.

From discovering new application opportunities to involving a wide range of stakeholders to lead the project to success, you will be in charge from the preparation stage to after selection. Ambitious and motivated individuals with a track record of successfully applying for grants will have the opportunity to contribute to the university's key strategic initiatives through a variety of roles in a variety of projects.

About OIST

The Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University was established in 2011 to contribute to the development of science and technology worldwide and to serve as a hub of innovation in Okinawa. OIST is a dynamic new graduate university of science and technology in Okinawa Prefecture, Japan which offers a 5-year PhD program and brings together outstanding researchers from across the country and across disciplines to conduct cutting-edge scientific research.

The university is located on 85 hectares of protected forestland overlooking a beautiful shoreline and coral reefs. The campus is striking architecturally, and the facilities are outstanding. To facilitate multidisciplinary research, there are no academic departments. 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, and our unwavering commitment to scientific and technological innovation is dedicated to generating progress that will fuel Okinawa's economic growth.

  1. Overseeing operations mainly related to domestic grants strategies.

  2. Formulate strategies, such as analyzing the current situation and identifying opportunities, negotiate with government agencies and fund distribution agencies, gather information

  3. Report, communicate, and consult with the president and executives,prepare applications and related documents

  4. Perform other tasks to maximize the acquisition of external funding, etc.

  1. Senior staff with experience in supporting the acquisition of competitive research funds at domestic research universities, research institutes, government agencies, companies, etc., and managerial experience are expected.

  2. Those who have experience in applying for and being selected for major government-affiliated projects.

  3. Those who can use Japanese at a native level and English at a business level in written and oral communication.

  4. Those who have the enthusiasm to perform duties related to this business and have basic business skills such as hospitality, communication skills, and computer skills (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.

Compensation and Benefits
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.

* Please be sure to indicate where you first saw the job advertisement.
* 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.
  • Please view OIST policy for rules on external professional activities
  • Further details about the University can be viewed on the OIST website
Job Type
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 can be renewed.

Working Hours


Report To
Dean of Research
Job Location
Main Campus: 1919-1 Tancha, Onna-son, Kunigami-gun, Okinawa
Tokyo Office: 5-11-16 Roppongi, Minato City, Tokyo
Application Due Date
Applications will be accepted until all positions are filled.
*Application will be closed once the position is filled.
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