Technical Staff Position in Neuronal Rhythms in Movement Unit

The Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST) will become a model for change in education and research with the best international graduate students, working side by side with world-class faculty in modern well-equipped laboratories. Beautifully situated on the island of Okinawa, OIST relies on a cross-disciplinary approach, with an emphasis on creativity and exchange, to offer unique, individualized graduate training. OIST is a university with no departments, eliminating artificial barriers between people working in different fields, but many nationalities, with students and faculty being attracted from all over the world. Concentrating initially on Neuroscience, Molecular Sciences, Mathematical Sciences, Environmental and Ecological Sciences and Physical Sciences, OIST is bringing some of the best brains in the world to Okinawa to transform the way science and education is done in the global academic world.

Technical Staff, Neuronal rhythms in Movement Unit


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


The successful candidate will be involved in the research project on neuronal control of rodent movements and provide crucial technical support for the unit research activities, by means of e.g.

  • Viral surgeries, chronic brain implant surgeries, mouse/rat handling and training
  • IT development/engineering, programming, virtual reality / motion capture artistry


  • Relevant work experience
  • English skills sufficient for communication (Japanese language is useful but not necessary)
  • Organized and productive attitude
  • Excellent attunement to record-keeping and good laboratory practice


Full-time, appointment for 1 year contract (renewable) initially with 3 month probationary period

Starting Date 

After 1 March 2017

Working Hours 



In accordance with the OIST Employee Compensation Regulation.


Annual paid leave, summer holidays, Private School Mutual Aid, commuting allowances and relocation allowances.

Submission Documents 

Curriculum vitae with photogragh

  1. Brief description of your past work and your research skills, and also a short explanation of application’s reasons for applying (A4, 1-2 pages)
  2. 2 recommendation letters (see below).

Application process:

Individuals interested in the technical positions should send their CV and a brief letter describing their past work and future interests, as well as two reference letters to the PI ( One of the references must be from a current or former supervisor, while the second one may be from a peer (a colleague or labmate) who can describe the applicant’s strengths in daily laboratory work.

Application Due 

Application are due by 1 March 2017

Postal Address 

Saeko Hedo (Ms), Neuronal rhythms in Movement
Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University
1919-1, Onna, Onna-son, Okinawa 904-0495, Japan



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