Research Support Staff for Cephalopod Support

The  Okinawa  Institute  of  Science  and  Technology  Graduate  University  (OIST)  invites applications for the position of Research Support Staff for Cephalopod Support in Animal Resources Section. The Research Support Staff will provide support for all aspects of cephalopod acquisition, breeding and husbandry primarily at the OIST Marine Station and on the OIST main campus as necessary.

OIST has developed a new interdisciplinary model for education and research that brings together the best international graduate students and postdoctoral researchers to work side by side with world-class faculty members in modern well-equipped laboratories. Situated in a stunningly beautiful ecological setting on the island of Okinawa. OIST is a university that has no departments or artificial barriers that separate investigators in different fields. Its international student body and faculty represent nationalities from all over the world.

Concentrating initially on Neuroscience, Molecular Sciences, Mathematical Sciences, Environmental and Ecological Sciences and Physical Sciences, OIST attracts the best minds in the world to Okinawa to transform the way science and education is done in the global academic world.

The Research Support Staff for Cephalopod Support will be responsible for all aspects of cephalopod acquisition, breeding and husbandry primarily at the OIST Marine Station and also on the OIST main campus as necessary.  The staff will report to the Section leader of the Animal Resources Section and will assist in the development of first-class facilities, animal husbandry and research techniques.


OIST Marine Science Station 656-7 Seragaki-hara, Onna Village Okinawa, 904-0404 Japan


  1. Daily operation: Feeding Cephalopod (and other marine species), Observation of Cephalopod’s condition and behavior, Quality Control of Sea water (color, clearness, temperature, dissolved oxygen), Recording of daily operation, and cleanup and disinfection.
  2. Provide support to OIST researchers and students in basic training of handling of Cephalopod, Aseptic surgery, Behavioral experiments, Finding and reporting of any abnormalities.
  3. Weekly operation: Confirmation of number of animals and Recording 
  4. Monthly operation: Cleanup of tanks
  5. Annual operation: review of animal care and use program, occupational health and safety program, and environmental enrichment program  
  6. Weekend and holidays: Feeding Cephalopod (and other marine species), Observation of Cephalopod’ condition and behavior and oxygen), and recording of daily operation


  1. Minimum 2 years of relevant experience in cephalopod research or husbandry
  2. Experience in working in a team
  3. Business level communication skills in English
  4. Good collaborative skills relevant to a multi-user environment
  5. Good communication and interpersonal skills
  6. The ability to establish and maintain effective work relationships

Report to 

The Head of Animal Resources Section, Research Support Division

Starting Date 

As early as possible

Term & Working Hours 

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, welfare pension insurance (kousei-nenkin), worker’s accident compensation insurance (roudousha-saigai-hoshou-hoken)

How To Apply 

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Submission Documents 

- Cover letter in English (and Japanese if possible)
- Curriculum vitae in English (and Japanese if possible)

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Application Due Date 

Applications deadline will continue until the position is filled.


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