Senior/Junior Bioinformatics Researcher, Biological Systems Unit

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Position summary

We seek a Senior/Junior Bioinformatics Researcher to work on metagenome data

Position: Senior / Junior Bioinformatics Researcher


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


Bioinformatics Researcher is available in the Biological Systems Unit at the newly established Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology (OIST) to work on metagenomes data analysis for environmental and antimicrobial applications. 

Microbial fuel cells (MFCs) are devices that can use bacterial metabolism to produce electrical current from a wide range of organic substrates. Research and development has increased in the last few years all over the world. MFCs have started to be used in practice, but for large-scale applications cost reductions and higher power output are required. To further enhance the technology a better understanding of the environmentally-derived microbiological communities as a system is necessary. We also wish to enhance the ability of electrogenic microbial communities to utilise and degrade wastes and toxic chemicals. Our primary R&D focus is on a better understanding of microbial communities in MFCs as a system, together with further optimisation of the MFC technology for different applications

The position holder will be responsible for the development and support of bioinformatics pipeline(s), development and implementation of methods and tools for meta-genomic and other omics data analysis.

Other responsibilities

Collect, process, document and analyze high throughout experimental data. Document experimental and computational procedures and results.

Preparation of research publications.

Primary R&D focus for the position will be computational methods for a better understanding of metagenomes.

For informal enquiries please contact Professor Igor Goryanin  

at goryanin(at) (Please replace [at] with @ before using this email address)



  1. Strong programming skills (R, Unix)
  2. MsC in a relevant domain.
  3. Fluent in English.
  4. Good writing skills. Publications track record in international journals for Sr. Researcher


  1. 1. Working knowledge of other programming languages (Java, C++, Python, Perl)
  2. Practical experience working with metagenomes and human genomes.
  3. Working knowledge of bioinformatics databases, pipelines and tools.

Report to 

Professor Igor Goryanin / Biological Systems Unit

Starting Date 

February 1st 2019

Term & Working Hours 

Full-time, Fixed term appointment for 20 months. This contract may be renewed up to 3 years.

Working hours: 9:00-17:00 (Discretionary)

Compensation & Benefits 

Compensation 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 

Please submit all required application materials by email to goryanin(at)  (Please replace [at] with @ before using this email address)

Submission Documents 

1. Curriculum vitae in English, including response to requirements for Responsibilities and Qualifications.

2. Cover letter in English

     3. Names and contact information for 3 references

* Please be sure to indicate where you first saw the job advertisement.

Application Due Date 

Applications deadline will continue until the position is filled.


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