Domestic Grants Acquisition Project Specialist

The position

This position is focused on assisting the university in applying for and implementing grants ("Projects"), and as a member of the Dean Research Office for Research, you will assist in project management and implementation of project objectives. Based on the acquisition strategy of the Dean in charge of research and the General Officer, you will be responsible for the substantial overall work of leading each project to success. For ambitious and motivated individuals with a proven track record of successful projects, this will be an opportunity to contribute to the university's key strategic initiatives through a variety of project roles.

The OIST Grants Section is an organization that provides end-to-end support for new grants in Japan, from the preparation stage to the implementation after adoption. Experts with specialized knowledge and skills are working and aim to provide optimal support for individual researchers and cases while exchanging opinions on a daily basis beyond each other's work.

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. Domestic grant application planning: On-campus coordination of domestic large-scale research grant applications (planning, team formation, researcher consultation, etc.), joint application coordination with partner organizations, etc., support for business launch after adoption, etc.
  1. Experience in managing major government-affiliated projects at domestic research universities, research institutes, government agencies, companies, etc. (It is also assumed that the operation will be carried out through URA exchange with partner organizations such as those who have experience in supporting large-scale grants in Japan).

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

  3. 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, etc.)

Compensation and Benefits

In accordance with the OIST Employee Compensation Regulations.

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.

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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
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

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



* It will be determined during the selection process

Report To
Domestic Grants Acquisition Officer
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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