R&D and Sequencing Specialist

The Research Support Division (RSD) contributes 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, DNA Sequencing Section provides support to researchers in promoting advances in biological science by providing genomic analyses services. Services offered include next-generation sequencing (NGS) support in a wide range of NGS applications, such as de novo genome sequencing, re-sequencing, RNA sequencing, and ChIP sequencing, etc. Currently, the section has the following NGS sequencers: Illumina NovaSeq6000, Illumina MiSeq, Illumina iSeq, PacBio Sequel II, Oxford Nanopore MinION and Oxford Nanopore PromethION. In addition, the section owns capillary sequencers, realtime PCR, microarray and etc. for common use.

The DNA Sequencing Section seeks a highly-motivated and team-oriented individual who will expand the Section’s capability by establishing excellent protocols upstream of sequencing to strongly influence downstream analysis using his/her knowledge and skill. The R&D and Sequencing Specialist will be engaged in R&D work related to HMW DNA extraction and sample preparation for improving downstream de novo assembly in support Prof. Gene Myer’s research and many other international colleagues’ research at OIST.


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


  1. Develop and establish new HMW DNA extraction methods required for de novo genome sequencing for all living organisms.
  2. Develop and establish new methods to perform de novo genome sequencing from small amount of DNA.
  3. Optimize and device sample preparation protocols for the variety of technologies operated in the DNA Sequencing Section.
  4. Explore what combination of technologies give rise to the best downstream genomic assays.
  5. Spearhead the selection of new equipment and reagents.
  6. Collect and share information related to the latest NGS and N²GS trends required to maintain the Section’s service quality.


  1. An undergraduate degree or higher in a scientific or technical field and experience with scientific research are required.
  2. A minimum of 3 or 5 years of experience in using molecular biology techniques including sequencing technology either as a researcher or research support staff. Prior experience with advanced sequencing technologies is desirable.
  3. Ability to think logically and work systematically and accurately.
  4. Work with highest integrity and is a Team player.
  5. Ability to effectively communicate and provide customer-oriented service to researchers in English both written and spoken.
  6. Strong interpersonal skills to build relationship with OIST researchers.
  7. Ability to judge priorities and run multiple tasks and projects in parallel under minimum supervision by the section leader.
  8. Strong problem-finding and solving skills in core facility operations and research support.

Report to 

DNA Sequencing 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 (Discretionary)

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 

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Submission Documents 

  • Letter of intent in both English (and Japanese if available)
  • Curriculum vitae in both English (and Japanese if available)
  • Names and contact information of 3 referees, one of which should be a previous employer

* Prior to the start of employment all new hires are required to successfully complete a background check. Personal information including employment history and academic background should be submitted to third-party administrators after a conditional offer of employment.

Application Due Date 

Applications deadline will continue until the position is filled.


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