Technical Staff Position in Developmental Neurobiology Unit

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.

Position summary:

Technical Staff, Developmental Neurobiology Unit


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


The successful candidate will be involved in the research project on retinal degeneration or lens development using zebrafish as an animal model.



Applicants should have bachelor’s or master’s degree in the field of biology


Knowledge and experience of molecular and developmental biology are preferable.

Report to 

Professor Ichiro Masai

Starting Date 

After 1 August 2019

Term & Working Hours 

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

Working hours: 9:00-17:30 (Discretionary)


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 

Please submit all required application materials by email to:

 zebrafish-recruit2019-tec [at]

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


or send by post to the following address:

Ayako Gima (Ms)

Developmental Neurobiology Unit

Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University

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

Submission Documents 

  1. Curriculum vitae with photogragh
  2. Publication list (research papers and oral/poster presentation in scientific meetings)
  3. 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)
  4. One recommendation letter from present or past supervisor.

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

Application Due Date 

Application are due by 1 August 2019 (Position might be closed before the deadline if an appropriate person is found. Please contact us prior to your application.)


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