Technician (II) in Experimental Quantum Information Physics (EQuIP) Unit

The position

Position summary:

Currently the Experimental Quantum Information Physics (EQuIP) Unit at Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology (OIST) Graduate University is leading a government-funded research program, the Moonshot Research and Development Project "Fault-tolerant Quantum Computer with Photonically Interconnected Ion Traps". A successful candidate supports the Project Manager (PM) from a technical and professional standpoint and will be in charge of research and analysis work related to the promotion of the research.   

About OIST

The Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University was established in 2011 to contribute to the development of science and technology worldwide and to serve as a hub of innovation in Okinawa. OIST is a dynamic new graduate university of science and technology in Okinawa Prefecture, Japan which offers a 5-year PhD program and brings together outstanding researchers from across the country and across disciplines to conduct cutting-edge scientific research.

The university is located on 85 hectares of protected forestland overlooking a beautiful shoreline and coral reefs. The campus is striking architecturally, and the facilities are outstanding. To facilitate multidisciplinary research, there are no academic departments. 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, and our unwavering commitment to scientific and technological innovation is dedicated to generating progress that will fuel Okinawa's economic growth.

  1. Provide advice to the PM on relevant research subjects from a theoretical as well as prospective standpoint. Especially about future implementation and architecture of quantum computers using trapped ions.
  2. Management of the research project and operational support.


  1. Ph.D in relevant fields or an imminent prospect to obtain one.
  2. Theoretical knowledge about quantum physics.
  3. Proficiency in spoken and written English.
  4. To be able to use Microsoft Office applications.
  5. To be able to establish smooth communication with researchers and to work cooperatively.
  6. To be able to identify and improve issues on one's own while efficiently executing multiple projects


  1. Prior research experience in theoretical AMO physics or quantum information.
  2. Proficiency in Japanese.
Compensation and 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)
Submission Documents
  • Cover letter in English or Japanese, stating your motivation to apply, your research interests, and your aspiration.
  • Curriculum vitae in English or Japanese, including a list of publication.
  • Names and contact information of at least 2 referees, one of which should be a previous /current employer

*Candidates may be invited to an online (or onsite if adequate) interview with the PI.

*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.


Apply by emailing your Submission Documents to:


* 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 women and minority candidates to apply.

* Information provided by applicants or references will be kept confidential, documents will not be returned. All applicants will be notified regarding the status of their applications.

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Job Type
Starting Date
As early as possible
Employment Term

The position is for two years and can be extended to 1 more year based on performance and mutual agreement. Contract initially with 3-month probationary period (inclusive).

Working Hours

Working Hours: Discretionary

Report To
Professor Hiroki Takahashi, Experimental Quantum Information Physics Unit
Job Location
Main Campus: 1919-1 Tancha, Onna-son, Kunigami-gun, Okinawa
Application Due Date
Applications will be accepted until all positions are filled.
*Application will be closed once the position is filled.
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