Technology Licensing Specialist (Life Sciences)

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.

Technology Development and Innovation Center (TDIC) ( manages OIST's intellectual property and works to transfer technologies from OIST laboratories to the society.

Position Summary:
OIST is seeking a Technology Licensing Specialist with expertise in Life Sciences to join the TDIC Technology Licensing Section. The Technology Licensing Specialist works with researchers, legal advisors and companies to protect, market and transfer OIST technologies.


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


  1. Identify and evaluate OIST intellectual property (mostly inventions) for protection and commercial potential.
  2. Promote OIST intellectual property to the industry for commercialization.
  3. Assist in preparation of agreements and negotiate with industry, including NDAs, MTAs and Licensing Agreements.
  4. Support other sections (industry collaboration / POC program) within TDIC on intellectual property and technical matters.



  1. Research or technology transfer experience in the Life Sciences area.
  2. High level English (written and spoken) for comprehension of academic publications and contracts.
  3. Excellent communication skills to develop effective relationships with researchers at OIST and industrial partners in Japan and abroad.


  1. Experience transferring academic intellectual property to industry or working with industry.
  2. Experience in patent application process.
  3. Familiarity with Japanese language and Japanese academic, IP, and/or industrial practices.

Report to 

Manager of Technology Licensing Section, TDIC

Starting Date 

As early as possible

Term & Working Hours 

Term: Full-time, fixed term appointment for 2 years. Contract initially with 3-month probationary period (inclusive). This contract may be renewed.

Working hours: Flextime (core time 10:00-15:00) 7.5hrs per day (Multiplied by prescribed working days per month)

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 uploading your submission documents HERE*.
*This is a secure file uploading system for handling confidential materials.

or send by post to the following address:
HR Recruiting Section
Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University
1919-1 Tancha, Onna-son, Okinawa 904-0495, Japan

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Submission Documents 

  • Letter of intent in both English and Japanese
  • Curriculum vitae in both English and Japanese

* 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 

April 5, 2021 (Application will be revied upon arraival)


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