Microsoft Core System engineer

The Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST) is a model for change in education and research with the best international graduate students, working side by side with world-class faculty in modern well-equipped laboratories. Beautifully situated on the island of Okinawa, OIST relies on a cross-disciplinary approach, with an emphasis on creativity and exchange, to offer unique, individualized graduate training. OIST is a university with no departments, eliminating artificial barriers between people working in different fields, but many nationalities, with students and faculty being attracted from all over the world. Concentrating initially on Neuroscience, Molecular Sciences, Mathematical Sciences, Environmental and Ecological Sciences and Physical Sciences, OIST is bringing some of the best brains in the world to Okinawa to transform the way science and education is done in the global academic world.

Position summary:

In meeting the growing needs of our world leading research cohort, OIST IT is aggressively adopting cloud services. Under the direction of the Infrastructure Manager, this role will see you working as part of the Microsoft Core Systems team to provide Microsoft related services, with an increasing focus on Azure, Office 365 and emerging technologies.


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


  1. Deploy, configure and maintain Microsoft cloud services, including both Azure and Office 365.
  2. Improve the quality of IT support to research and administrative staff, through the automation of manual processes, and the development of new systems as appropriate.
  3. Deploy, configure and maintain Active Directory, Exchange and other Microsoft infrastructure.
  4. Deploy and maintain Windows server and desktop monitoring, update and protection services as required.
  5. Work with as part of the broader IT team, integrating Microsoft infrastructure with other systems as required.
  6. Ensure AD entitlement and delegation models facilitate business requirements for compliance and clients.
  7. Track project work plans; manage day-to-day aspects of a project plan.
  8. Ensure all system documentation is complete, current, and stored appropriately.



  1. At least 5 years of experience in the design, deployment, configuration and maintenance of Windows server infrastructure.
  2. Deep technical knowledge in one of the following areas:
  • Active Directory (AD Replication, DNS, DFS,GPO, Kerberos, ADFS, and PowerShell).
  • Office 365 (Exchange Online, RMS, Intune, OMS)
  • Azure (IaaS, PaaS, SDN).
  • System Center 2012R2/2016
  1. Solid understanding of cyber security risks and mitigations.
  2. Highly self-motivated with ability to work in a high variety environment, with focus of introducing cutting edge technologies.
  3. Strong interpersonal skills – good client facing skills as well as excellent oral and written communication skills.


  1. Experience with identity management and directory synchronization tools.
  2. Strong programming skills, VB, C#, etc.
  3. Experience with Hyper-V
  4. Business level Japanese (JLPT N2) and fluency in English.
  5. MCSE certification


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

Starting Date 

As early as possible

Working Hours 

Flextime (core time 10:00-15:00) 7.5hrs per day (Multiplied by prescribed working days per month)


In accordance with the OIST Employee Compensation Regulations

Annual salary: 5.5 M yen ~ 8.6 M yen (Job class: Specialist I, A4)


  • 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)

Submission Documents 

  • Cover letter in both English and Japanese
  • Curriculum vitae in both English and Japanese
  • Names and contact information of 2~3 referees, one of which should be a previous employer

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

Application Due 

Applications deadline will continue until the position is filled.

Postal Address 

HR Recruiting Support Section

Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University

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

Email Address (Please replace # with @ before using this email address)


* 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 women and minority candidates to apply.

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