Science Communication Fellow (Multimedia)

Help us to shape the image of a rapidly growing English-language graduate university for science and technology. Work with people from over 50 countries. Experience life in Japan while learning about Okinawa’s own unique culture. Enjoy cultural events, explore coral reefs, travel around Asia, and participate in an active multicultural university community while contributing to the future of Japan’s most international university.

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. 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.

Come to sunny Okinawa and help us to build a new and different university in Japan.

Position summary:
The Science Communications Fellow (Multimedia) will support OIST communications team with audience-focused social media content and digital assets such as video, audio, photos, animation, infographics or games. The Science Communications Fellow (Multimedia) will also help document OIST events, activities and promotions. They will assist with media management for new and legacy multimedia assets, as well as liaise with the Media Relations team to support their output. A fellow with interest and experience in science communication will also have the opportunity to pitch and develop their own content related to OIST.


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


  1. Help the OIST Multimedia Communications Specialist developing content ideas and produce high quality audience-focused digital communication assets for the university.
  2. Develop, implement, monitor and evaluate digital content for OIST.
  3. Proactively dig for story ideas and conduct in-person interviews before creating multimedia assets.
  4. Coordinate development, production, editing and approvals while working with scientists, other writers and editors to meet deadlines and to ensure accuracy.
  5. Assist with media events and general public relations activities as needed.
  6. Provide advice and support to members of the Communications & Public Relations group as well as other staff of the university.
  7. Perform other duties as assigned.


  1. Demonstrable experience in multimedia production (photography, videography, blogging, podcasting etc) essential.
  2. Degree and/or interest in science and/or journalism preferred.
  3. Oral and written communication skills in English necessary, proficiency in Japanese a plus.
  4. Experience in social media content creation, management, analysis and best practice.
  5. Experience in Adobe Creative Suite.
  6. Proficient in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Adobe Acrobat, Outlook, and other Microsoft programs.
  7. Independent worker and team player – flexible, positive, proactive, enthusiastic and ability to multitask.
  8. The ability to coordinate activities, both within and outside of OIST, in order to carry out assignments.
  9. Experience working with scientists and other technical people desired.
  10. Some hands-on science communication experience appreciated.

Starting Date 

As early as possible

Term & Working Hours 

Term: Six-month contract

Working hours: Weekdays from 09:00 ~ 17:30

Compensation & Benefits 

Fellowship with student visa
Five days of paid leave
Round trip flight (current residence<>Okinawa)
Furnished housing

How To Apply 

Apply by uploading your submission documents HERE*.
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or send by post to the following address:
HR Recruiting Section
Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University
1919-1, Onna, Onna-son, Okinawa 904-0495, Japan

Submission Documents 

  1. Resume in English (and Japanese if applicable)
  2. Cover letter in English (and Japanese if applicable) addressed to Vice President for Communications & PR
  3. Two examples of work (articles, videos, etc), preferably published

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