Nanofabrication Support Specialist

The Research Support Division (RSD) shall contribute to research and education by providing excellent common research facilities and research support services for the researchers and students at OIST. Technical sections of RSD shall 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 RSD shall provide support on grant applications, collaborations, health and safety and other support to research activities.

As one of the technical sections of RSD, the Mechanical Engineering and Microfabrication Support Section provides support for Mechanical Engineering, Nanofabrication and Characterization of experimental setups and samples.


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


The OIST Mechanical Engineering and Microfabrication Support Section is looking for an energetic, team-oriented individual to support nanofabrication within the university.  The principle responsibilities of the Nanofabrication Support Specialist will be to develop and maintain multiple state-the-art nanofabrication facilities and equipment, and to train and assist OIST researchers in their operation.

  1. Maintain the nanofabrication facilities and equipment within the university.
  2. Assist the Section Leader in the development of the nanofabrication capabilities and facilities within the university, by planning future spaces, identifying needs from researchers and assisting on the purchase of new equipment, etc.
  3. Support OIST researchers in the operation of the nanofabrication facilities and equipment.
  4. Support OIST researchers in the fabrication and characterization of experimental samples.
  5. Create training programs and manuals on nanofabrication techniques, for the efficient training of OIST researchers.
  6. Work with equipment vendors on maintenance, development and trouble-shooting issues.
  7. Attend trade shows and conferences and compile information on the latest developments in nanofabrication technology.



  1. Master or a higher degree in engineering, physics, materials science, or a closely related field.
  2. The candidate must have 5 years or more of equivalent research and/or research support experience.
  3. The candidate must have 5 years or more experience in a class 1000 or better cleanroom as a researcher or research support staff.
  4. The candidate must have prior experience in nanofabrication process development in a research orientated facility.
  5. The candidate must be well trained in at least 3 of the following areas:
    • Electron beam lithography
    • Optical lithography
    • Thin film deposition
    • Etching (wet and dry)
    • Sample characterization
  6. The candidate must be able to carry out all daily business in English.
  7. Ability to learn new skills and learn to operate unfamiliar instruments.
  8. Ability to adapt to local culture and rapidly changing work environment.


  1. Ability to communicate in Japanese.
  2. Prior experience training users to utilize nanofabrication equipment

Report to 

Mechanical Engineering and Microfabrication Support Section Leader

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). This contract may be renewed.

Working hours: 9:00-17:30

Compensation & Benefits 

In accordance with the OIST Employee Compensation Regulations
Annual salary: 4.5 million ~ 8.4 million yen (Job class: Research Support Specialist: RS2)

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:
(Please replace [at] with @ before using this email address)

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

Submission Documents 

- Curriculum vitae in English (and Japanese if available)
- Cover letter in English (and Japanese if available)
* Please be sure to indicate where you first saw the job advertisement.

Application Due Date 

July 31, 2018 (Applications will be screened upon arrival)


  • 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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