Technician in Neural Circuit Unit

The Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST; see 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:

Technical staff position is available in the Neural Circuit Unit at OIST in Okinawa, Japan ( The goal of our lab specifically is to understand cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying formation, function, and regeneration of motor circuits using mice. We use a variety of techniques including molecular biology, mouse genetics, electrophysiology, trans-synaptic assay, optogenetics, and behavioral assays.


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


The Research technician will carry out essential research support functions in the laboratory conducting work primarily focused on mouse genetics, molecular biology and tissue analysis, as well as mouse behavior, and cell culture. Some of these functions include:

  • Working with transgenic mouse lines and performing mouse surgical procedures.
  • Wide range of basic molecular biology experiments (such as PCR, cloning, etc)
  • Preparing tissue for analysis and performing microscopy.
  • Performing standard laboratory experimental tests and procedures such as preparing complex chemical solutions and media.
  • Maintaining experimental matter, requiring knowledge of laboratory techniques.
  • Recording results of experiments according to standard laboratory techniques.


  • BA/BS in biological sciences along with experience with basic biological laboratory techniques is required (relevant coursework may count towards work experience).
  • A background in Neuroscience as well as directly related lab experience will be considered as a plus, but not necessary.
  • Strong communication and demonstrated organization skills, attention to detail, and the ability to carry out responsibilities in a collaborative team environment are essential.

Starting Date 


Term & Working Hours 

The position is initially for one year and can be extended to 2 or more years based on performance and mutual agreement.

Working hours: Discretionary working hours

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:


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Submission Documents 

  1. Cover Letter
  2. Curriculum vitae including names of 2 referees (3 preferred, including the current supervisor, if available)
  3. Summary of research experience to date
  4. Reasons for applying to the post (personal strengths, motivations, research perspectives, career aspirations)

* 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 

Applications deadline will continue until the position is filled. (Applications will be screened upon arrival)


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