Technical Staff Positions Available/Cell Division Dynamics Unit

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Unit and Position Summary:

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

We seek highly motivated technical staff members who will support the basis of our research and will work to advance this research as a long-term member of the unit team.


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


  1. Breeding and management of Medaka fish and technical support for the creation of transgenic Medaka.
  2. Technical support for experiments (e.g. making plasmids and common buffer, preparing samples for biochemical experiments, culturing cultured cells, etc.)



  1. Bachelor’s degree, MS or equivalent in scientific courses


  1. Previous experience in working with animals.
  2. Fluency in Japanese and English
  3. An affection for Medaka and a sense of responsibility for one’s work

Report to 

Professor Tomomi Kiyomitsu / Cell Division Dynamics Unit

Starting Date 

As early as possible after April 2020 (negotiable)

Term & Working Hours 

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

Working hours: 9:00-17:30 (discretionary—it is not recommended to work on holidays.)

Compensation & Benefits 

Compensation 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 

Apply by emailing your submission documents to:


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

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

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

Application Due Date 

Dec. 13, 2019 (applications will be screened upon arrival after Nov. 1) This recruitment may be closed before the due date if the appropriate candidates have already been found.


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