Technical Staff Positions Available / Cell Division Dynamics Unit

The position

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.

Unit and Position Summary

The Cell Division Dynamics Unit (PI: Tomomi Kiyomitsu) is a new research unit which launched in April 2020. Our unit aims to understand the fundamental mechanisms of cell division using cultured human cell lines and early embryos of Medaka fish:

We seek a highly motivated technical staff who will support the basis of our Medaka fish research and will work together to advance our research as a long-term member of our team. Currently, our Medaka research is on the right track and will be supported for 7 years by an external rearch grant called JST FOREST.


Management of Medaka fish facility including feeding, maintenance of water-circulation tank systems, operation of an automatic feeding machine, tank cleaning, management of consumables, and support for new lab members and Japanese staffs from the animal resource section. Other duties include conducting or assisting with the creation of transgenic Medaka strains and other experiments according to the situations and abilities.

  1. Bachelor’s degree, MS or equivalent in a scientific field
  2. Previous experience working with animals (Even better if you have worked with experimental fish and/or for genome editing.)
  3. Fluency in Japanese and English
  4. Responsibility for one’s work
Compensation and Benefits

In accordance with the OIST Employee Compensation Regulations


Submission Documents
  • Curriculum vitae in English or Japanese (either language is equally accepted)
  • A brief summary of your previous research experience and/or skills in English or Japanese (either language is equally accepted)
  • Names and contact information of 2 referees, one of which should be a previous employer

* Successful applicants will be selected after an initial screening process based on the submission documents followed by an in-person or web interview.

*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 OIST after a conditional offer of employment.

  • OIST Graduate University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action educator and employer and is committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty, students and staff. The University strongly encourages applications from underrepresented groups.
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Job Type
Starting Date
As early as possible
Employment Term

Full-time, fixed term appointment for 1 year. Contract begins with a 3-month probationary period (inclusive). This contract may be renewed upon mutual agreement.

Starting date is May 1st, 2023, or as soon as possible thereafter (negotiable).

Working Hours

9:00-17:30 (Discretionary)

Report To
Professor Tomomi Kiyomitsu / Cell Division Dynamics Unit
Job Location
Main Campus
Application Due Date
Applications will be accepted until all positions are filled.

We thank all those who apply but only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.

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