Mechatronics Expert (Technician position) – S2T Unit (Touber Unit)

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Position summary:

The Shocks, Solitons & Turbulence (S2T) Unit is looking for a Mechatronics Expert to develop purpose-built remote sensors to support the unit’s research on solitary waves in biological networks (e.g. trees, plants, fungi, corals), man-made swarms (e.g. connected cars, robots) and oceans (e.g. gravity waves). For example, the Mechatronics Expert will contribute to the development of swarming drones to digitize a forest below the canopy with sub-centimetric accuracy in order to capture the time-space evolution of the forest biomass; the development of table-top apparatuses to study wave properties in slime molds, connected cars, vegetation; low-cost sensor arrays to monitor coastal surface flows. The Mechatronics Expert will actively interact with the team (interns, PhD students, post-docs, software developers), explore creative ways of adding value to the theories developed in the unit research projects and contribute to external communication (e.g. publications, conferences) and outreach activities (e.g. open campus, fairs, exhibits).


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


1. Design and build sensors involving both mechanical and electronic parts

2. Develop controllers to accurately position the sensors in space-time

3. Interact with the team to support hardware-related queries

4. Contribute to the unit’s communication strategy




1. Expertise in mechatronics (mechanics, electronics, control)

2. Expertise in robotics (navigation, control)

3. Expertise in network technologies (robot-to-robot communication, data flows)

Knowledge of machine learning/ANN/AI, optics, CAD/3D printing and Japanese would be advantageous.

Report to 

Prof. Emile Touber

Starting Date 

As early as possible

Term & Working Hours 

Term: Full-time, fixed term appointment for up to 3 years with three months probational period. This contract may be renewed.

Working hours: 9:00-17:30

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:

emile.touber [at]

Submission Documents 

- Cover letter in English
- Curriculum vitae in English
- Contact details of at least two referees

Application Due Date 

Open until filled


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