Testing and Sequencing Specialist

The Research Support Division (RSD) contributes to research and education by providing excellent common research facilities and research support services for the researchers and students at OIST. Technical sections of RSD shall provide maintenance of common equipment/facilities, operation training, fair access, consultation on experimental design and choice of methods/instruments, and technical support on data acquisition and analysis. Administrative sections of RSD shall provide support on grant applications, collaborations, health and safety and other support to research activities.

As one of the technical sections of RSD, DNA Sequencing Section provides support to researchers in promoting advances in biological science by providing genomic analyses services. Services offered include next-generation sequencing (NGS) support in a wide range of NGS applications, such as de novo genome sequencing, re-sequencing, RNA sequencing, and ChIP sequencing, etc. Currently, the section has the following NGS sequencers: Illumina NovaSeq6000, Illumina MiSeq, Illumina iSeq, PacBio Sequel II, Oxford Nanopore MinION and Oxford Nanopore PromethION. In addition, the section owns capillary sequencers, realtime PCR, microarray and etc. for common use.

The OIST DNA Sequencing Section seeks a highly-motivated and team-oriented individual to be engaged in diagnostic testing for COVID19 and to expand the Section’s capability by establishing automated processing for multi-sample testing, rapid diagnosis method, and virus genome sequencing. The principle responsibility of the position will be to support diagnostic testing and automation/optimization of experimental processing.


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


  1. Support diagnostic testing of virus infection to include:
    • Establish automated processing of multi-sample testing
    • Accept samples and report the result
    • Verification of rapid diagnostic method and sequencing
  2. Collect and share information related with the latest kits and protocols required to improve the testing quality
  3. Carry out routine cleaning and maintenance of equipment within the testing and sequencing facility
  4. Standardization of the testing protocols for the team
  5. Networking with external specialists for improvement and enhancement of the Section’s operations
  6. Spearhead a selection of new equipment and reagents
  7. Other duties as assigned by the DNA Sequencing Section Leader
  8. Improvement of existing work processes and proposal, development and implementation of new operating workflows.


  1. An undergraduate degree or higher in a scientific or technical field and experience with scientific research are required.
  2. A minimum of 3 or 5 years of experience using molecular biology techniques including sequencing technology either as a researcher or research support staff.
  3. Experience with testing using molecular biology techniques, and with standardization and verification of experimental protocols.
  4. (Preferable) Experience with automation of the testing protocols
  5. (Preferable) Experience with interpreted languages such as Perl, Ruby, Python, etc.
  6. Ability to think logically and work systematically and accurately. Fairness, Sincerity, Honest and Team-player
  7. Ability to effectively communicate and provide customer-oriented service to researchers in English both written and spoken
  8. Good team player and ability to mentor and coach less experienced members.
  9. Ability to judge priorities and run multiple tasks and projects in parallel under minimum supervision by the section leader
  10. Strong problem-finding and solving skills in core facility operations and research support

Report to 

DNA Sequencing Section Leader

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: 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 http://www.shigakukyosai.jp/ )
Welfare pension insurance (kousei-nenkin)
Worker’s accident compensation insurance (roudousha-saigai-hoshou-hoken)

How To Apply 

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Submission Documents 

  • Letter of intent in both English (and Japanese if available)
  • Curriculum vitae in both English (and Japanese if available)
  • Names and contact information of 3 referees, one of which should be a previous employer

Application Due Date 

July 31, 2020 (Applications will be screened upon arrival)


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