Research Technician in Dr. Kroll laboratory (Science Technology Group)

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.

Position Summary

We are seeking an entry-level/moderately experienced Research Technician to be an integral member of an OIST Proof-of-Concept project led by Dr. Eugene Kroll to develop a platform technology for the enhanced production of value-added natural compounds ( The research will include microbial strain engineering and optimization, bench-scale fermentation, purification and downstream processing of value-added compounds, and data analysis.


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


  1. Conduct experiments to engineer biological systems and improve fermentation and down-stream processing metrics at lab scale
  2. Operate bench scale fermenters, make fermentation media, operate filtration and cell lysis equipment and all essential lab equipment and devices to support biotech research
  3. Conduct sample preparations and support analytical research activities
  4. Maintain the research space, record data, perform initial analysis
  5. Prepare media, clean and sterilize equipment Report to the Lab manager



  1. Biology, Chemistry, Biotechnology, Biochemistry, or a related field
  2. 0-3years of lab experience
  3. Oral communication skills in English


  1. Motivated, excellent organizational, interpersonal and communication skills, and ability to multitask
  2. Ability to effectively organize work activities and prioritize tasks to meet deadlines
  3. Hands-on approach, using analytical, reasoning and problem-solving skills
  4. Enjoy working in a team

Report to 

Dr. Eugene Kroll, Research Scientist, Science Technology Group

Starting Date 

As early as possible

Term & Working Hours 

Full-time, fixed term appointment until January 31, 2023, with 3 month probationary period (inclusive).

Working hours: Discretionary working hours

Compensation & Benefits 

Compensation 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 

Please submit all required application materials by email to:

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Submission Documents 

  • CV
  • At least one reference contact

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Application Due Date 

Applications deadline will continue until the position is filled.


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