A Part-time Position Available/Cell Division Dynamics Unit

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Unit and Position Summary:

The Cell Division Dynamics Unit (PI: Tomomi Kiyomitsu) is a new research unit which launched in April 2020. Our unit aims to understand the basic mechanisms of cell division using cultured human cell lines and early embryos of Medaka fish: https://groups.oist.jp/cddu.

We seek a motivated part-time staff who will support the basis of our Medaka fish rearing and will work as a long-term member of our team.


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


Cleaning of Medaka fish tanks and other devices. Our unit staff will teach how to clean the fish tanks and others.


  1. Responsibility for one’s work
  2. Fluency in Japanese


  1. Bachelor’s degree, MS or equivalent in a scientific field
  2. Previous experience working with animals
  3. Fluency in English

Report to 

Professor Tomomi Kiyomitsu/Cell Division Dynamics Unit

Starting Date 

As early as possible

Term & Working Hours 

Term: Part-time, renewable every 6months (including 3-months probationary period initially)

Working hours: Mon – Fri 9:00-12:00, 2~3 hours per day (negotiable)

Compensation & Benefits 

In accordance with the OIST Employee Compensation Regulation ( 1,000 yen~/hour according to the skills and abilities)


  • commuting allowances
  • Annual paid leave
  • 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)

Successful applicants will be selected after an initial screening process based on the submission documents followed by an in-person or web interview.

Submission Documents 

(either English or Japanese is equally accepted. )

  • Curriculum vitae with a photo. Make sure to write your available work days and hours, and contact address.
  • A brief summary of your previous research experience and/or skills.

Application Due Date 

Open until filled. Applications will be reviewed upon arrival from November 1 onwards.


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