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Research Support Staff for Cephalopod Support
Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University
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Animal Resources Section
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Private university
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Position summary:
The Research Support Staff for Cephalopod Support will be responsible for all aspects of cephalopod acquisition, breeding and husbandry primarily at the OIST Marine Station and also on the OIST main campus as necessary. The staff will report to the Team leader of the Cephalopod Support Team and the Section leader of the Animal Resources Section and will assist in the development of first-class facilities, animal husbandry and research techniques.


1. Daily operation: Feeding Cephalopods (and other marine species), Observation of Cephalopod's condition and behavior, Quality Control of Sea water (color, clearness, temperature, dissolved oxygen), Recording in legible handwriting of daily operation including confirmation of number of animals, Cleanup and disinfection of tools and work area, Removal of uneaten food.

2. Provide support to OIST researchers and students in basic training of handling of Cephalopods, Aseptic surgery, Behavioral experiments, Setting up experimental and holding tanks with associated plumbing, Finding and reporting of any abnormalities with animals or equipment.

3. Monthly operation: Cleanup of tank substrate, walls and filters

4. Annual operation: review of animal care and use program, occupational health and safety program, and environmental enrichment program

5. Weekend and holidays: Same as daily operation with Feeding Cephalopods (and other marine species), Observation of Cephalopod's condition and behavior, and recording of daily operation, etc.

OIST Marine Science Station 656-7 Seragaki-hara, Onna Village Okinawa, 904-0404 Japan

■Starting Date■
As early as possible

Research field
Biological Sciences
Laboratory animal science
Job type
Research/Educational Assistance
Employment status
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)
Work location
Kyushu and Okinawa district - Okinawa 

1. Minimum 2 years of relevant experience in cephalopod research or husbandry
2. Experience in working in a team
3. Business level communication skills in English
4. Good collaborative skills relevant to a multi-user environment
5. Good communication and interpersonal skills
6. The ability to establish and maintain effective work relationships


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)

Application period
2021/06/30 Deadline for receipt
Applications deadline will continue until the position is filled. (Applications will be screened upon arrival)
/notification of result
/contact details

■How To Apply
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■Submission Documents
- Curriculum vita in English (and Japanese if available)
- Cover letter in English (and Japanese if available)

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・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 women and minority candidates to apply.
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