Open Position: Research Unit Technician in Formation and Regulation of Neuronal Connectivity Research Unit

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Position summary:

Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University, Formation and Regulation of Neuronal Connectivity Research Unit (the Unit, hereafter) is calling application for the position of Research unit technician. The unit has committed to run the research project to understand underlying mechanism of motor neuron diseases and to run educational programs for pre-/post-graduate level and undergrad level students who seek career in academic research. In addition, the Unit runs Drosophila core facility.

Title of Position

Research Unit Technician in Formation and Regulation of Neuronal Connectivity Research Unit


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


Overall responsibility

Analyze data obtained from experiments done by unit member, perform experiments, help workshop that unit professor organizes, and support to maintain Drosophila core facility.

Key areas of responsibility

  • Perform quantitative analysis on microscope image data
  • Write and validate program that allow us high throughput image data process/analysis.
  • Perform behavioral assay under Group leader’s supervision
  • Prepare materials and reagent for lab teaching in DNC2019
  • Running CEDA2020 as member of CEDA2020 secretariat
  • Strain maintenance for Drosophila core
  • Ensure that Drosophila core and instruments in the core are in working condition for core users.

Consult with

  • Research unit Professor
  • Research unit Group Leader
  • Specialist from Manufactures
  • Unit member


  • Must completed 4-yr College education in Informatic Science
  • Must have knowledge and experience programming (C, D, Java, Matlab, Python, Swift)
  • Have experience with IMARIS, a 3/4D image visualization and analysis software.
  • Have experience in Drosophila strain stock maintenance
  • Business level of Japanese language proficiency
  • Advanced levels of English language proficiency (both academic and business setting)

Report to 

Professor David VanVactor / Formation and Regulation of Neuronal Connectivity Research Unit

Starting Date 

As early as possible (negotiable)

Term & Working Hours 

Term: Full-time, fixed term, initial appointment is by August 31, 2019.

Contract initially with 3-month probationary period (inclusive).

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

Compensation & Benefits 

Compensation 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:


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Submission Documents 

  • Cover letter
  • Curriculum vitae in English (include name of 2 references)
  • Curriculum vitae in Japanese (include name of 2 references)
  • Language proficiency score/grade

 Japanese language:

If the person is not native Japanese speaker, he or she must provide score, or a copy of certificate, on the N1 level Japanese Language Proficiency test; the minimum satisfactory score is 120, if applicant received score report.

 English language:

If the person is not native English speaker, he or she must provide score/grade on at least one of the English proficiency tests listed below

  1. TOEFL
  2. IELTS:                                     
  3. PTEA:                                      
  4. Eiken:
  5. TOEIC                         

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

Application Due Date 

The selection process will start immediately and will continue until the position is filled (Applications will be screened upon arrival)


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