Marine Field Work Technician

The position

The Marine Science Section of the OIST Core Facilities is looking for an experienced scientific or professional diver to assist OIST faculty, staff, and students performing marine field research. This will include specimen collection, working with marine monitoring equipment, field observations, and similar activities.

  1. Participate in marine field activities, monitoring students and researchers participating in the dives and assuring that necessary safety protocols are met, providing instructions or consulting with lead diver to suspend/halt activities as necessary.
  2. Provide support during field activities such as helping OIST scientists with specimens' collection (i.e., fish, cephalopods, coral, water, etc.), perform underwater ecological surveys, and installing underwater probes.
  3. Conduct day-to-day inspection of diving and other marine observation equipment, organize fieldwork logistics, and support preparation of fieldwork related reports.
  4. Maintain a university-wide marine fieldwork database and calendar.
  5. Advise and assist in the preparation of fieldwork applications.
  6. Maintain Marine Science Section equipment related to snorkeling and scientific diving
  7. Assist in the operation of the OIST Marine Science Station
  8. Creation of standard training programs, manuals and protocols for the efficient training and use of section equipment
  9. Maintenance of all section equipment and facilities
  10. Work with equipment vendors on maintenance, development, and trouble-shooting issues
  11. Maintenance of stocks of consumables
  12. Supports 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.
  13. Maintenance of excellent records regarding research support, equipment maintenance and safety
  14. Take part in cross-section collaboration within the Core Facilities
  15. Other duties as assigned by the Marine Science Section Leader
  1. Holder of Sensuishi issued by the Japanese government (for non-Japanese applicant, holder of divemaster certificate obtained in countries except for Japan).
  2. Experience in the fields of marine science and oceanography is preferred.
  3. Minimum of 5 years' experience as a scientific or professional diver
  4. Familiarity with AAUS protocols, ideally an AAUS member.
  5. Ability to learn new skills, to stay at the cutting edge of technology  
  6. Excellent communication skills in English.  Ability to communicate in Japanese is desirable.  
  7. Strong problem-solving skill  
  8. Ability to work as part of a team  
  9. Ability to adapt to local culture and rapidly changing work environment.
Compensation and Benefits

•    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 Education
•    Resource Center (Daily Life Support in Okinawa)

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.
  •  Names and contact information of 3 referees, one of which should be a previous employer, will be required if the Applicant is selected for an interview.

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Job Type
Research support
Starting Date
As early as possible
Employment Term

Full-time, fixed term appointment for 1 or 2 years. Contract initially with 3-month probationary period (inclusive). This contract may be renewed.  

Working Hours

Working hours: 9:00-17:30 (Discretionary)

Report To
Marine Science Section Leader
Job Location
Marine Science Station: 656-7 Seragaki-hara, Onna-son, Kunigami-gun, Okinawa
Application Due Date
31 August 2023
*Application will be closed once the position is filled.