Sequencing and Testing Technical Staff

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.

Division Function:

The Research Support Division (RSD) contributes to research and education by providing excellent common research facilities and research support services for the researchers and students at OIST. Technical sections of RSD shall provide maintenance of common equipment/facilities, operation training, fair access, consultation on experimental design and choice of methods/instruments, and technical support on data acquisition and analysis. Administrative sections of RSD shall provide support on grant applications, collaborations, health and safety, and other support to research activities.

As one of the technical sections of RSD, Sequencing Section (SQC) provides support to researchers in promoting advances in biological science by providing various technologies. Services offered include high-throughput sequencing, also known as next-generation sequencing (NGS) support in a wide range of applications. Currently, the section has the following high-throughput sequencers: Illumina NovaSeq6000, Illumina MiSeq, Illumina iSeq, PacBio Sequel II, Oxford Nanopore MinION, and Oxford Nanopore PromethION. In addition, the section owns capillary sequencers, real-time PCR, pulsed-field gel electrophoresis system, automatic DNA/RNA extraction system, automated electrophoresis system etc., for common use.

Position Summary:

Aside from high-throughput sequencing services, the Section has started testing of COVID19 virus in cooperation with Okinawa Prefecture from May, 2020.

The OIST Sequencing Section seeks a highly-motivated and team-oriented individual to be engaged in diagnostic testing for COVID19 and in essential tasks needed for maintaining of sequencing facility. The principle responsibility of the position will be to support diagnostic testing and automation/optimization of experimental processing.


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


  1. Support diagnostic testing of virus infection to include:
  • From accepting samples to reporting the result via PCR testing
  • Operate automated processing of multi-sample testing
  1. Carry out routine cleaning and maintenance of equipment within the testing and sequencing facility
  2. Other duties as assigned by the Sequencing Section Leader


  1. An undergraduate degree or higher in a scientific or technical field and experience with diagnostic testing.
  2. Minimum three years with use of micropipettes.
  3. Native level of Japanese and basic level of English.
  4. Excellent organizational, interpersonal, and time management skills.
  5. Ability to think logically and work systematically and accurately. Be fairness, sincerity, and honesty.
  6. Good team player.
  7. Ability to judge priorities and run multiple tasks and projects in parallel under minimum supervision by the section leader.

Report to 

Sequencing Section, Research Support Division

Starting Date 

As early as possible

Term & Working Hours 

Term: Full-time, fixed term appointment for 2 years. Contract initially with 3-month probationary period (inclusive). This contract may be renewed.

Working hours: Flextime (core time 10:00-15:00) 7.5 hrs per day (Multiplied by prescribed working days per month)

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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Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University
1919-1, Onna, Onna-son, Okinawa 904-0495, Japan

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Submission Documents 

  • Cover letter in both English and Japanese
  • Curriculum vitae in both English and Japanese

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