Sequencing Technician

Overview of Division/Section:

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 multiple 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.

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

The OIST Sequencing Section seeks a highly motivated and team-oriented technical staff to expand the university's sequencing capability. The principal responsibility of the position will be to support OIST researchers with sequencing needs by accepting DNA, RNA, and various tissue samples, preparing libraries, operating the latest sequencers, and submitting collected data to requesters.

Position Summary:

The OIST Sequencing Section has 30 research units and approximately 250 users requesting analysis. The section undertakes analysis of samples not only from model organisms but also from a wide range of non-model organisms, from wildlife species to bacteria. This opportunity will allow one to contribute to cutting-edge research while honing skills on a wide variety of instruments and handling samples from various species.


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


Support OIST researchers in their sequencing to include:

  1. Accept and prepare DNA, RNA, and various tissue samples for sequencing library
  2. Operate the latest sequencers and submit collected data to researchers
  3. Carry out routine cleaning and maintenance of sequencers and equipment in the sequencing facility
  4. Communicating with users, vendors, and manufacturers for troubleshooting; corresponding via mail and on-site attendance
  5. Other related duties as assigned by the Sequencing Section Leader (Inventory management and ordering of reagents and consumables. Rlocation and alignment arrangement for the equipments. Other support for related tasks.)



  1. An undergraduate degree or higher in a scientific or technical field; Molecular biology, Pharmacology, Medicine,. and experience with scientific research are required.
  2. At least 2-3 years of relevant work experience in molecular biology or similar laboratory conducting sequencing or similar experiments
  3. Good team player.
  4. Ability to think logically and work systematically and accurately. Be fair, sincere, and honest.
  5. Ability to effectively communicate and provide customer-oriented service to researchers


  1. English proficiency of EIKEN level 2 or above or TOEIC 600 or above.
  2. Experience working for a related company

Report to 

Sequencing Section Leader

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)
  • Access to Child Development Center
  • Access to Schooling Options
  • Language Education
  • Recource Center (Daily Life Support in Okinawa)

How To Apply 

Apply by uploading your submission documents HERE*.
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Submission Documents 

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

*Applicants whose native language is Japanese are required to submit both documents in English and Japanese.
*Please be sure to indicate where you first saw the job advertisement.
* Up to 3 references may be requested during the final interview stage.
* Prior to the start of employment all new hires are required to successfully complete a background check. Personal information including employment history and academic background should be submitted to third-party administrators after a conditional offer of employment.

Application Due Date 

2022/11/30 *Application will be screened upon arrival, and the selection will end once the position is filled.


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