Technical Staff Positions Available/Cell Division Dynamics Unit (Kiyomitsu Unit)

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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 basic 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 research and will work to advance this research as a long-term member of our team.


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


Management of Medaka fish, to include manual feeding, operation of an automatic feeding machine, tank washing, management of consumables, and support for Japanese staff from the animal resource section. Other duties may include teaching new staff or unit members how to feed Medaka, and assisting with the creation of transgenic Medaka strains.


1. Bachelor’s degree, MS or equivalent in a scientific field
2. Previous experience working with animals
3. Fluency in Japanese and English
4. Responsibility for one’s work


Report to 

Professor Tomomi Kiyomitsu/Cell Division Dynamics Unit: recruiting-cddu[at]

Starting Date 

July 1, 2021, or as soon as possible thereafter (negotiable)

Term & Working Hours 

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.

Working hours: 9:00-17:30 (discretionary). According to the situation, weekend and holiday work may be required (These shifts are roughly 2 hours and can be swapped with weekday work time).

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 

Apply by emailing your submission documents to:


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

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 

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

* 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 

Open until filled. Applications will be reviewed upon arrival from May 17 onwards.


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