Technician Position in Coordination Chemistry and Catalysis 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.


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


The technician will be assisting in managing chemical inventory and ordering laboratory supplies and solvents; maintaining small laboratory equipment; assisting in the synthesis of organic ligands (depending on candidate’s qualifications). For interested candidates, there will be an opportunity to work on an independent or collaborative research project with exact focus dependent on previous background under supervision of the PI (not mandatory).


  1. B.Sc. or equivalent degree in Chemistry (preferred). Candidates with a degree in Life Sciences, Physical Sciences or Engineering will be considered, if they have sufficient laboratory experience.
  2. Good communication skills in English
  3. Previous experience working in an academic or industrial laboratory. Experience in organic synthesis or related fields is preferred.

Report to 

Professor Julia Khusnutdinova, Coordination Chemistry and Catalysis Unit

Starting Date 

Flexible, preferably from May-June 2020

Term & Working Hours 

Full-time, fixed term appointment for at least 1 year with possibility of extension. Contract initially with 3 month probationary period (inclusive).

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

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 all required submission documents to:

juliak [at]

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

Submission Documents 

  • Curriculum vitae in English
  • Cover letter explaining your previous experience and the reason for your interest in this job (in English)

* Please be sure to indicate where you first saw the job advertisement.

Application Due Date 

Applications deadline will continue until the position is filled.


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