Industry Programs Coordinator

The Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST; see 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.

Technology Development and Innovation Center (TDIC), Business Development Section

TDIC fosters innovation at OIST and in Okinawa to accelerate economic growth. We are the technology development and commercialization hub at OIST. We leverage the university's research, world-class infrastructure, interdisciplinary environment, and culture of risk-taking to transform technologies from the laboratory into innovations that have social and economic benefit. The Business Development Section pro-actively builds strong networks with companies in Japan and around the world. The Section works closely with OIST researchers and companies to enable innovative research partnerships and negotiates sponsored and collaborative agreements with industry.


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


TDIC seeks an Industry Programs Coordinator (IPC) with demonstrated experience in working with technology development internationally. The IPC will be joining an established team leading several key initiatives at OIST aimed at strengthening partnerships with companies worldwide and acquiring external funding. The IPC will be primarily responsible for organizing entrepreneurship training programs and related events, developing new partnerships with corporations, and negotiating new agreements. The IPC will be an integral member of TDIC.

  1. Organize and manage entrepreneurship training courses, seminars, and events which are open to external organizations.
  2. Identify and build relationships with corporate partners and sponsors
  3. Prepare and negotiate agreements, including Nondisclosure Agreements (NDAs), Sponsored Research Agreements, Collaborative Research Agreements, Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs), etc.
  4. Collaborate with and support programs in other TDIC sections, including the Proof-of-Concept Program and others
  5. Assist with any other related tasks of the Section including financial reporting
  6. Enhance professional skills through membership in professional societies, continuing education/maintaining certifications, and working with mentors and advisors



  1. Experience in business development or project planning and management
  2. Degree and/or experience in science or business
  3. Business level English and Japanese
  4. Ability to work both independently and collaboratively as a member of a team
  5. Excellent communication skills


  1. Experience negotiating agreements
  2. Existing network of contacts in the business and technology community in Japan and abroad

Report to 

Manager, Business Development Section

Starting Date 

July 1, 2022

Term & Working Hours 

Term: Full-time, fixed term appointment for 1 year/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 )
  • Welfare pension insurance (kousei-nenkin)
  • Worker's accident compensation insurance (roudousha-saigai-hoshou-hoken)
  • Access to Child Development Center
  • Access to Schooling Options
  • Language Educateion
  • Recource Center (Daily Life Support in Okinawa)

How To Apply 

Apply by uploading your submission documents HERE*.
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Submission Documents 

  • Cover letter in both English and Japanese
  • Curriculum vitae in both English and Japanese

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

All complete applications received will be reviewed on 19 June 2022. (Applications will be screened upon arrival.) The position will remain open until filled.


  • 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.
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