Marine Biology Technician Position available at the Marine Eco-Evo-Devo Unit (Laudet’s Unit)

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.

Position summary:

The Marine Eco-Evo-Devo (MEED) Unit at the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST) seeks to understand the evolution of life history strategies (in particular metamorphosis), in a perspective integrating ecological, evolutionary and developmental components. We use coral reef fishes, in particular anemonefish as models to address three main questions: How do fish larvae integrate environmental and physiological information to trigger coordinated programs leading to metamorphosis? How does this explain the diversity of patterns of pigmentation produced during metamorphosis? And how do anthropogenic stressors affect these processes?
We are looking for a highly motivated technician to work on developing scientific diving in the unit and providing support with fish husbandry, both of which will greatly benefit our ecological approaches. The successful candidate will have to organize and manage field work with a particular emphasis on dealing with the administrative procedures and contact with stakeholders. He/she will join fieldwork which will mainly consist in monitoring anemonefish colonies, collecting fin clips for genetic studies and installing equipment such as cameras and probes. Beside fieldwork he/she will take part in fish husbandry working closely with our husbandry technician in bioth the lmain campus and OMSS. Our unit is very international so communication within the unit is mostly done in English, however as the position requires lot of communication with Japanese services, fluent Japanese is a requirement. For a motivated technician this position will offer great opportunities to develop new skills and great network by working with scientists in diverse fields from around the world.



OIST Marine Science Station, 656-7, Seragaki-hara, Onna-son, Okinawa, Japan and/or OIST main campus, 1919-1, Tancha, Onna-son, Okinawa, Japan


1. Field work planning and management, particularly regarding administrative task such as permits obtention, communication with fishermen unions and diving center, etc.

2. Conduct field work together with other team members, either as diver or onsite leader, following OIST Health and Safety rules. Underwater work will include (among others): Underwater Visual Census (UVC), fish fin clipping, measurements and capture, anemone mapping and measurements, etc. Field work will be mainly going on in Okinawa but might also include trips to other locations within and outside of the Ryukyu archipelago for several days (maximum: 2 weeks). Overseas field trips (Taiwan, French Polynesia) are also likely.

3. Participate to fish husbandry in assistance to the husbandry technician. Established protocols for animal care will be provided. Tasks mainly include feeding, water quality monitoring and maintenance, animals (fish and anemone) physical health and welfare monitoring and maintenance.

4. Contribute to the overall activities of the unit, being a diligent team member.

5. Establish good contact with other team members, other units and student to participate in creating a dynamic, creative, and stimulating work environment.



1. Japanese Commercial Diving License and experience with scientific diving
2. Fluency in Japanese and basic proficiency in English with willingness to improve skills if necessary
3. Strong communication skills with ability to liaise scientists, stakeholders, local communities (such as fishing unions), hotels and diving centers, etc.
4. Ability to work well and coordinate with others, willingness to work with a diverse group of people.  
5. Bachelor’s Degree, MS Degrees in Marine Biology, Aquaculture or related field.

1. Previous experience with administrative procedures linked to fieldwork / environmental studies
2. Experience with marine fish husbandry
3. Underwater photo / video skills
4. Willingness to get involved in scientific projects

Report to 

Professor Vincent Laudet

Starting Date 

April 1, 2021

Term & Working Hours 

Term: Full-time, fixed term appointment for 1 year. This contract may be renewed

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 

Apply by emailing your Submission Documents to:
vincent.laudet [at]
(Please replace [at] with @ before using this email address)


Submission Documents 

-    Cover letter summarising research interests, professional experience and career goals
-    Curriculum vitae
-    Names and contact information of 2 referees, one of which should be a previous employer.


Application Due Date 

Open immediately (Applications will be screened upon arrival)


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