Technician/Protein Engineering and Evolution Unit

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Position summary

The protein engineering and evolution unit is now seeking for a full-time lab technician. Our research is focused in bioengineering and bio-catalysis.



The protein engineering and evolution unit (Laurino Unit)


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


  1. Instruments maintenance and instruction for the new user.
  2. Store and retrieve samples in a laboratory setting
  3. Routine lab work such as medium preparation, buffer preparation etc.
  4. Introduce the standard lab techniques to new students.
  5. Sometimes standardise conditions for experiments e.g. kinetics assay, protein purification.


  1. Master degree in biochemistry or molecular biology.
  2. Hands on in most of these techniques: PCR, RT-PCR, cloning, protein purifications, enzyme kinetics, ELISA assay, RNA extraction, electrophoresis, side-directed mutagenesis, SDS-PAGE, FPLC.
  3. Fluent in Japanese, good knowledge of English.
  4. Basic computer skills
  5. Good communication skills, precise and well-organized person.


  1. Experience with cell culture.
  2.  Expertise in HPLC and LC MS.
  3.  Experience with deep sequencing.

Report to 

Professor Paola Laurino / Protein Engineering and Evolution Unit

Starting Date 

On or after May 1, 2019 (Negotiable)

Term & Working Hours 

Term: Full-time, fixed term appointment for 1 year.  Contract initially with 3-month probationary period (inclusive). This contract may be renewed.  

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

Compensation & Benefits 

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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or send by post to the following address:
Protein Engineering and Evolution Unit
Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University
1919-1, Onna, Onna-son, Okinawa 904-0495, Japan

Submission Documents 

  • Curriculum vita in English
  • Cover letter in English (and Japanese if available)
  • Names and contact information of 2 referees, one of which should be a previous employer

* 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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