Technician Position in the Optical Neuroimaging Unit

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Position summary

The Optical Neuroimaging Unit is searching for a Technician. The successful candidate will support and train PhD students and postdocs. He/she will also undertake his/her own research projects guided by the PI. Lab maintenance will be part of the job.


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


  1. Training and supporting PhD students and postdocs
  2. Performing experiments
  3. Analyzing imaging data
  4. Writing papers
  5. Lab maintenance as required



  1. Experience with in vivo two-photon imaging
  2. Experience with chronic cranial window surgeries
  3. Experience with voltage imaging, preferentially two-photon voltage imaging
  4. Experience with electrophysiology
  5. Strong neuroscience background
  6. Experience with writing papers
  7. Excellent English language skills.
  8. Excellent MatLab programming skills


  1. Experience in animal handling and behavioral studies
  2. Physics or engineering background
  3. Work experience in an imaging lab

Report to 

Professor Bernd Kuhn / Optical Neuroimaging Unit

Starting Date 

September 1, 2018 or later

Term & Working Hours 

Term: Full-time, fixed term appointment for 1 year. Contract will initially have a 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


-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)

or send by post to the following address:

Optical Neuroimaging Unit

Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University

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

Submission Documents 

- Curriculum vitae in English including a list of publications
- Cover letter in English
- 3 publications (manuscripts under review can be included)

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

Application Due Date 

Applications will be considered until the posts are filled.


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