Technician in Marine Biophysics Unit (Mitarai Unit)

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Unit summary 


Marine Biophysics Unit of the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology (OIST) invites applications for a technical staff member in computational fluid dynamics (ocean modeling). 



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


Successful candidate will contribute to the development of i) regional ocean circulation models in the past and under predicted future climatic conditions and ii) particle-tracking techniques across multiple computational domains. 



Applicants must have a Ph.D. or master's degree in Fluid Mechanics, Oceanography or a related field, and programing skills in FORTRAN and MATLAB. 


Highly desirable qualifications include experience in parallel computing using MPI. 

Report to 

Associate Professor Satoshi Mitarai (Marine Biophysics Unit)

Starting Date 


Term & Working Hours 

Term: appointment will initially be for two years, renewable depending on performance

Working hours: Discretionary

Compensation & Benefits 

Salary will be commensurate with experience, 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 

All required application materials should be submitted by email to:


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Submission Documents 

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Cover letter stating research interests and experience
  • Contact information for three references

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Application Due Date 

Selection process will start immediately and will continue until the position is filled.


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