Technician in the Membrane Cooperativity Unit

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Division Function/Position summary:

The Membrane Cooperativity Unit at OIST invites applications for two lab technician positions (Assistant Technical Staff or Assistant Research Staff). We are looking for energetic, team-oriented individuals to support the lab operations. We at the Kusumi Unit of OIST thrives to reveal, at very fundamental levels, mechanisms for signal transduction in the plasma membrane and for regulation of neuronal network formation. Our approach is unique in that we directly image and track "single molecules" of interest in living cells and investigate how they move around and interact with each other in living cells.


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


We are looking for two technicians who will aid our research and education activities. The actual experimental work for each technician will include one or more of the following projects, which will be determined by the interview and discussion.

  1. Preparing the primary neuron cultures from rats and mice (we will teach how to do this),
  2. Conducting molecular-biological and biochemical experiments, and/or
  3. Software development (both conventional and deep-learning-based) for the analysis of single-molecule movies, and/or
  4. Aiding the development of instrumentation/methods for single-molecule imaging.

In addition, we expect the technicians will

(1) order and stock consumables,

(2) interact effectively with other lab members and vendors, and

(3) handle day-to-day operations required to keep lab running smoothly.


Bachelor degree in any fields of science or engineering (The degree from two-year college, specialized vocational high school, or technical school is acceptable depending on the background of the candidates). Experience with molecular biology, biochemistry, cell biology, machining, mechanical tools, electrical circuits, and/or writing computer software is preferred.

Report to 

Prof. Akihiro Kusumi

Starting Date 

As early as possible

Term & Working Hours 

9:00-17:30 (discretionary; including one-hour lunch beak), 5 days/week.

*Our employees may be required to work overtime as necessary (negotiable).

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:


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

By way of submitted documents, and, for selected applicants, an interview and/or a seminar in person or Zoom.

Submission Documents 

  • CV (including photo is preferable), description of work experience, and previous experience in research and development, and the names of two referees (in Japanese or English; 1~2 pages)
  • Summary of research interests and experience (in Japanese or English); 1 page

* 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 

February 22, 2022 (Once the position is filled, applications will not be accepted thereafter.)


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