Laser Safety and Optical Characterization Specialist

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.

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 the RSD 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 the RSD provide support on grant applications, collaborations, health and safety and other support to research activities.

The Engineering Section is one of the technical support sections within the RSD.  It provides support for mechanical engineering, electronics, nanofabrication, and characterization through three teams of technical staff.

Position summary:
The OIST Engineering Section is looking for a highly motivated and team-oriented technical specialist to support material characterization via optical techniques within the university.  The candidates’ principle duties will be to work as the secretariat of Laser Safety Advisory Committee, to maintain multiple state-the-art instruments, and to train and assist OIST researchers in their operation.


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


  1. As the secretariat of the Laser Safety Advisory Committee, organize the committee meetings, confirm laser usage plans, conduct workplace inspections, update rules, and conduct laser education and training, etc.

  2. Answer enquiries related to general laser safety
  3. Provide support services related to sample/material characterization using optical instruments:
    1. User training on various optical instruments
    2. Consultation with researchers on sample/material characterization
    3. Assisting researchers with sample measurement and data analysis
  4. Creation of standard training programs, manuals, and protocols on characterization techniques, for the efficient training and use of the instruments
  5. Maintenance, repair and cleaning of all relevant equipment and facilities
  6. Work with equipment vendors on maintenance, development, and trouble-shooting issues
  7. Support the purchase and procurement of equipment based on the needs of researchers, by documenting the specifications of the equipment and by communicating with the manufacturers and vendors, etc.

  8. Maintenance of trainings conducted, support work conducted, equipment maintenance and safety
  9. Other duties as assigned by the Engineering Section Leader



  1. Masters degree or higher in engineering, physics, materials science, or a closely related field
  2. A minimum of 5 years of experience working with optics and class 4 lasers
  3. Experience in training or mentoring others in characterization techniques and the use of class 4 continuous and pulsed lasers

  4. The candidate should be well trained in at least 4 of the following areas:
    1. Laser safety (Mandatory)
    2. Alignment of complex optical systems
    3. Raman spectroscopy
    4. Fourier Transform spectroscopy
    5. Fluorescence lifetime measurement
    6. Spectrophotometry
  5. Excellent communication skills in English.  Ability to communicate in Japanese is desirable.

  6. Strong problem-solving skills

  7. Ability to adapt to local culture and rapidly changing work environment.

Report to 

Section Leader of the Engineering Section and Manager of Occupational Health and Safety Section

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).

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)

How To Apply 

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

Submission Documents 

  • Curriculum vitae in English (and Japanese if available)

  • Cover letter in English (and Japanese if available)

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Application Due Date 

Applications deadline will be June 30th, 2021.


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