XRD Research Support Specialist

The position

The Research Support Division (RSD) at OIST contributes to research and education by providing excellent common research facilities and research support services for the researchers and students at OIST. The Engineering Section is one of the technical sections within the RSD. It provides support for mechanical engineering, electronics, nanofabrication, and materials characterization through three teams of technical staff.

Position Summary:
The Engineering Section is looking for a highly motivated and team-oriented technical specialist to support crystallography within the university. The candidates’ principle duties will be to maintain multiple state-the-art X-Ray diffractometers, and to train and assist OIST researchers in their operation.

  1. Provide the following services related to X-ray diffractometry (focused on Single Crystal XRD):
    • Training of researchers on the X-ray diffractometers• Consultations with researchers on sample preparation, measurement, and analysis of data 
  2. Collaborate with researchers by conducting:
    • Data acquisition of samples
    • Data analysis
    • Structure solution and refinement
  3. Creation of standard training programs, manuals and protocols for the efficient training and use of the instruments
  4. Maintenance of all relevant equipment and facilities
  5. Work with equipment vendors on maintenance, development, and troubleshooting issues
  6. Maintenance of supplies and consumables for the machines
  7. Supports the purchase and procurement of equipment based on the needs of researchers, by documenting the specifications of the equipment and by communicating with the manufacturers and vendors, etc.
  8. Maintenance of excellent records regarding research support, equipment maintenance and safety
  9. Other duties as assigned by the Engineering Section Leader
  1. PhD in organic chemistry, organo-metallic chemistry, material’s science, or a closely related field
  2. Experience in operating and maintaining single crystal and other (thin-film, multi-purpose) XRD instruments
  3. A minimum of 5 years of experience in crystal structure refinement
  4. Experience in training or mentoring
  5. Ability to learn new skills, to stay at the cutting edge of technology
  6. Excellent communication skills in English. Ability to communicate in Japanese is desirable, but not required
  7. Have the ability to work as part of a team
  8. Strong problem-solving skills
  9. Ability to adapt to local culture and rapidly changing work environment
Compensation and Benefits

In accordance with the OIST Employee Compensation Regulations


Submission Documents
  • Cover letter in both English and Japanese
  • Curriculum vitae in both English and Japanese
  • Names and contact information of 3 referees, one of which should be a previous employer

* Applicants whose native language is Japanese are required to submit both documents in English and Japanese.
* Please be sure to indicate where you first saw the job advertisement.
* 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 OIST after a conditional offer of employment

  • OIST Graduate University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action educator and employer and is committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty, students and staff. The University strongly encourages applications from underrepresented groups.
  • Information provided by applicants or references will be kept confidential, documents will not be returned. All applicants will be notified regarding the status of their applications.
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  • Further details about the University can be viewed on the OIST website.
Job Type
Research support
Starting Date
As early as possible
Employment Term

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

Working Hours

9:00-17:30 (Discretionary)

Report To
Engineering Section Leader
Job Location
Main Campus
Application Due Date
30 April 2023

We thank all those who apply but only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.

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