Technician in Marine Eco-Evo-Devo (MEED) Unit

The Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST; see www.oist.jp) 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.

Position Summary:

The Marine Eco-Evo-Devo (MEED) Unit at the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST) seeks to understand the evolution of life history strategies (in particular metamorphosis), integrating ecological, evolutionary and developmental components. We use coral reef fishes, and in particular anemonefish, as models to address three main questions: How do fish larvae integrate environmental and physiological information to trigger coordinated programs leading to metamorphosis? How does this explain the diversity of patterns of pigmentation produced during metamorphosis? And how do anthropogenic stressors affect these processes?

We are looking for a highly motivated technician to be in charge of our fish husbandry. The main goal of the successful candidate will be to oversee and develop the anemonefish husbandry system. He/she will take care of the fish (breeding pairs, juveniles, and larvae), sea anemones and living prey culture. He/She will also support unit member needs in terms of experimental design (mainly developmental, genetic, behavioral and/or ecotoxicological experiments) and assistance, helping them to set up meaningful and realistic animal experiments that respect animal welfare as much as possible.  He/she will work on both the main campus and OIST Marine Science Station (OMSS). Our unit is very international so communication within the unit is done in English, so fluent English is required. For a motivated technician this position will offer great opportunities to develop new skills in experimental marine science on a promising fish model that is used by an increasing number of labs. It will also allow to work with scientists from diverse fields and from all around the world.

The clownfish husbandry is up to now in OIST Marine station, but the construction of a new husbandry will be finalized soon on OIST main campus. It will contain a large breeding room and two experimental rooms as described in Roux et al., (J Exp Zool (Mol Dev Evol). 2021;336, 376-385) and will be a world-class equipment for the study of anemonefish.

Location 

- OIST Marine Science Station (656-7 Seragaki-hara, Onna Village, Okinawa. Japan) and OIST main campus (1919-1 Tancha, Onna-son, Okinawa, Japan)

Responsibilities 

  1. Take care of the animals and the husbandry technical system. Tasks mainly include feeding, water quality monitoring and maintenance, animals (fish and anemone) physical health and welfare monitoring and maintenance. 
  2. Set-up the future Husbandry System on the main campus.
  3. Raise marine fish larvae and living prey (rotifer, Artemia, etc.)
  4. Improve experimental clownfish husbandry methods.
  5. Contribute to the overall activities of the unit, being a diligent team member.
  6. Establish good contact with other team members, other units and student to participate in creating a dynamic, creative, and stimulating work environment.
  7. Possibility to work on weekend and national holidays will be necessary

Qualifications 

(Required)

  1. Experience in Marine aquaculture and preferably fish
  2. Ability to work well and coordinate with people from other units
  3. Bachelor’s Degree, MS Degrees in Marine Biology, Aquaculture, or related field.

(Preferred)

  1. Experience in marine fish rearing
  2. Marine and fish biology knowledge
  3. Willingness to get involved in scientific projects

Report to 

Prof. Vincent Laudet

Starting Date 

As early as possible

Term & Working Hours 

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

Working hours: 9:00-17:30 (Discretionary)

Compensation & Benefits 

Compensation in accordance with the OIST Employee Compensation Regulations

Benefits:

  • Relocation, housing and commuting allowances
  • Annual paid leave and summer holidays
  • Health insurance (Private School Mutual Aid http://www.shigakukyosai.jp/ )
  • Welfare pension insurance (kousei-nenkin)
  • Worker’s accident compensation insurance (roudousha-saigai-hoshou-hoken)

How To Apply 

Apply by emailing your Submission Documents to:

vincent.laudet#oist.jp

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Submission Documents 

- Curriculum vita in English

- Cover letter in English

- Names and contact information of 3~5 referees, one of which should be a previous employer

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Application Due Date 

Applications deadline will continue until the position is filled.

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