Scientific programmer position in Theoretical and Systems Biophysics Stephens Unit

The Biological Physics Theory Unit ( at the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University ( is seeking a programmer to help with the development of our high-throughput data acquisition system. We are interested in live-time tracking of a honey bee colony based on video recording of a high time and space resolution camera. The programming task involves interesting synchronization questions in data acquisition and storage, as well as diagnosing hardware issues. Our data acquisition setup as well as cluster capacities at OIST are world class and offer unique opportunities to resolve large data questions in real scientific application. The candidate would also have the opportunity to work on the development of deep learning models for computer vision as well resolve optimization issues of various scientific software.

A potential candidate needs to have strong skills in C/C++, systems programming and multi-threaded programming. Knowledge of scientific programming in Python and Julia, and a good handle on Git are beneficial. Working in an international team of researchers from broad backgrounds, the candidate also needs to have good communication skills, sense of team work and experience in team code development. She or he would need to interact with both the researchers, programmers, as well as IT support in order to develop, improve and respond to requirements of different research projects.

Scientific programmer position in Theoretical and Systems Biophysics Stephens Unit



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


  1. Development of software for a high-throughput data acquisition system
  2. Resolving hardware / software interfacing issues



  1. C/C++, systems programming and multi-threaded programming
  2. Fluency in English, good communication skills


  1. Python, Julia, github
  2. Experience in team code development


Full-time, after fixed-term initial appointment of one year preferably, although shorter time appointments are also possible.

Starting Date 

As early as possible

Working Hours 

9:00-17:30 (Discretionary)


In accordance with the OIST Employee Compensation Regulation.


  • 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)

Submission Documents 

  • Cover letter and CV (in English)
  • Names and contact information of 1~2 referees, one of which should be a previous employerble

Application Due 

Applications deadline will continue until the position is filled.

Email Address 

Please submit all required application materials by email to: (Please replace # with @ before using this email address)


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