Research Technician in Physics and Biology Unit (Miller Unit)

The Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST; see 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 is rapidly gaining recognition in the worldwide academic community as a model for excellence in education and research.

Position summary

The Physics and Biology Unit is looking to hire a Bioinformatic Research Technician to work with the cephalopod research team at OIST Lab 2, organize and analyze omics data, assist other unit members in designing and executing research experiments, and in writing scientific documents in English. Other tasks will include an occasional work in molecular genetics wet lab, occasional work in OIST Marine Science Station, occasional field work in a marine setting, and occasional communication with Japanese service and goods providers.

The individual should be a highly motivated, independent, and resourceful worker, also able to work well and coordinate with others. The successful candidate will have a demonstrated comprehensive hands-on prior experience in producing, maintaining and analyzing genomic, transcriptomic and proteomic data. Extensive experience and certifications (where available) in safety and use of machines related to biologic samples processing, is desirable. Enthusiasm about learning and implementing machine learning methods for genomics and image analysis is preferred. Strong organizational skills are essential for the teamwork, as is the ability to dependably maintain a regular schedule. Much of the work will be conducted in English, so a high proficiency in English is essential. The position will offer a capable technician the opportunity to work with scientists in diverse fields from around the world.



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


Primary tasks include:

1) Omics data analysis and related bioinformatic tasks, databases organization, maintenance and updating.

2) Assisting other unit members including students to study a variety of omics data and related analyses.

3) Assistance in the designing and setup and execution of research experiments.

4) Maintenance of a clear and organized laboratory notebook that is updated daily.

5) Writing of reports and various scientific texts.

6) Attending and participating regularly in group meetings with unit personnel and collaborators.

7) Maintaining a professional and cooperative scientific demeanor, even when working with those from different cultural backgrounds.

Secondary tasks include:

6) Assistance in the molecular-biology wet lab.

7) Maintenance of up-to-date chemical management system, identification and ordering research items, maintenance of personal protective equipment.

Opportunities for training and networking through visits to other institutions in Japan and elsewhere may be available to personnel who consistently demonstrate capable, reliable, and diligent execution of their duties and responsibilities.



1. Ph. D. in Biology or related fields.
2. Demonstrated hands-on prior experience with omics data analysis using HPC, Linux, R, Python, databases.
3. Strong organizational skills and ability to reliably maintain a regular schedule. Ability to work well and coordinate with others.
4. Fluency in English verbal and written, and basic proficiency in Japanese, with willingness to improve skills if necessary.


5. Experience with cephalopod omics data collection and analyses.
6. Experience and certifications (where required by law or OIST regulations) in safety and use of machines related to various biological samples processing.

Report to 

Prof. Jonathan Miller/Physics and Biology Unit

Starting Date 

As early as possible

Term & Working Hours 

Term: Full-time, fixed term appointment for one year. 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 

- Curriculum vitae in English (and Japanese if available)

- Cover letter in English (and Japanese if available)

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Application Due Date 

Applications deadline will continue until the position is filled.


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