Occupational Health and Safety Doctor

The Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST; see www.oist.jp) 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 was ranked 9th university in the world for research quality by Nature Index in 2019.

OIST is looking for a Medical Doctor licensed to practice in Japan who would serve as the University’s Occupational Health and Safety Doctor. The Occupational Health and Safety Doctor will oversee nurses and administrative staff to perform health checks for the OIST employees and students and ensure that all OIST employees and students are compliant with Japanese legal requirements and OIST health and safety policies. This includes a variety of special health checks, reflecting the wide range of OIST research activities. In addition, the Doctor will lead health advice to the international community of staff, students, etc.. The Doctor may also run a clinical service if they wish. This position provides an opportunity to undertake health research in a unique environment, to provide a link with other clinical researchers in Okinawa, and to provide advanced teaching to OIST students. Additional resources can be made available to support an appropriate research program. S/he reports to the Provost who is the designated OIST Health and Safety Officer. Details of responsibilities can be discussed depending on the experience of the candidates.


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


  1. Conduct health screenings, workplace review, management of work environment, health education, consultation with Safety and Health Committee, and other occupational doctor’s duties which are provided in the Japanese law (Article 14 and 15 of Ordinance on Industrial Safety and Health).
  2. Create and revise the school health plan, health consultation, health guidance and other school doctor’s duties which are provided in the Japanese law (Article 22 of Ordinance on School Health).
  3. Serve as the OIST childcare facility’s doctor.
  4. Manage the OIST Stress Check program and conduct follow-up interviews, work with the OIST Ganjuu counselling service to provide a comprehensive mental wellbeing program.
  5. Pursue their own research program relevant to these responsibilities under the guidance of the Provost.
  6. Provide point of contact between OIST, U Ryuku’s Medical School, and other Okinawan clinical research programs.
  7. Teach relevant clinical research topics to OIST students.
  8. If the candidate wishes, register as a director of the OIST Clinic with the prefectural Health Center and provide basic health care to the OIST community.



  1. Japanese occupational doctor license.
  2. Ability to perform responsibilities in both English and Japanese.
  3. Experience in managing a health care team.
  4. Ability to work well in a team and cooperate well with others.
  5. PC skills (must have experienced with electric charting system).


  1. Work experience as occupational doctor.
  2. Research track record in a relevant topic.
  3. Relevant experience in teaching and training.

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Starting Date 

As early as possible

Term & Working Hours 

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

9:00-17:30 (Discretionary)

Compensation & Benefits 

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 http://www.shigakukyosai.jp/ )
Welfare pension insurance (kousei-nenkin)
Worker’s accident compensation insurance (roudousha-saigai-hoshou-hoken)

How To Apply 

Apply by uploading your submission documents HERE*.
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Submission Documents 

- Curriculum vitae in both English and Japanese, including response to requirements for Responsibilities and Qualifications.
- Cover letter in both English and Japanese
- Copy of Japanese medical doctor license
- Copy of certificate of Japanese occupational doctor
- Names and contact information of 3~5 referees, one of which should be a previous employer
* Please be sure to indicate where you first saw the job advertisement.

Application Due Date 

March 31, 2020 (Applications will be screened upon arrival)


* OIST Graduate University is an equal opportunity educator and employer, and is working actively toward increasing the diversity of its faculty, students and staff. The University strongly encourages applications from underrepresented groups.

* Information provided by applicants or references will be kept confidential, documents will not be returned. All applicants will be notified regarding the status of their applications.

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* Further details about the University can be viewed on our website (www.oist.jp).