Technician (programmer) for Integrated Open Systems Unit

The Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST) is a model for change in education and research with the best international graduate students, working side by side with world-class faculty in modern well-equipped laboratories. Beautifully situated on the island of Okinawa, OIST relies on a cross-disciplinary approach, with an emphasis on creativity and exchange, to offer unique, individualized graduate training. OIST is a university with no departments, eliminating artificial barriers between people working in different fields, but many nationalities, with students and faculty being attracted from all over the world. Concentrating initially on Neuroscience, Molecular Sciences, Mathematical Sciences, Environmental and Ecological Sciences and Physical Sciences, OIST is bringing some of the best brains in the world to Okinawa to transform the way science and education is done in the global academic world.

Position summary:
Integrated Open Systems Unit aims to develop a new user-friendly program package and database system capable of predicting bioactivity of drug/drug candidates for the project funded by Okinawa prefecture office. We seek for a programmer who works on the software implementation.

Position: Technician (programmer)
Unit: Integrated Open Systems Unit (Kitano Unit)


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


  1. Create and modify computer programs according to project requirements.
  2. Conduct trial runs of programs and software applications producing the desired information with good accuracy.
  3. Write, update, and maintain computer/system to handle jobs assigned.
  4. Prepare reference/document for users by writing operating instructions.


  1. Effective time management, organization, and planning skills.
  2. Demonstrated ability to effectively manage concurrent technical tasks with competing priorities, while working under short deadlines.
  3. Ability to collaborate across a multi-disciplinary team, and to work independently when necessary.
  4. Computing Skills:
  • Ease with UNIX-like OS, especially Linux.
  • Computer cluster operation.
  • In preference order, programming skill in Java, perl, scripting (csh, bash).
  • Web and GUI application and database design.
  • Ability to install, configure and run software.
  • Follow prescribed practices for software version control, testing, documentation, manual redaction, and maintenance.
  • Ability to track down bugs/problems and make report.
  1. Degree: high school or above
  2. English proficiency: intermediate or above


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

Starting Date 

As early as possible

Working Hours 

9:00-17:30 (Discretionary)


In accordance with the OIST Employee Compensation Regulation.


  • 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)

Submission Documents 

  1. Cover letter in both English

*Please be sure to indicate where you found the job advertisement of this position.

  1. CV in English (and the one in Japanese if available)

Application Due 

Applications deadline will continue until the position is filled.

Postal Address 

Integrated Open Systems Unit (Kitano Unit)

Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University

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

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