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Basic Lab Support Technical Administrator
Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University
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Research Support Division
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Private university
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Position summary:
OIST provides common laboratory facilities and services in each research building, including cold rooms, tissue culture rooms, freezer rooms, general equipment rooms and a glass wash service. As the campus expands, we wish to employ a second “Basic Lab Support Technical Administrator" to provide support for additional buildings.

The “Basic Lab Support Technical Administrator", under the Research Resources Manager of the Provost Office, has the following responsibilities.

1. Maintain shared laboratories (Service alcove, general equipment room, low temperature room, cell culture room, etc.) and common equipment and supplies used in these locations, and keep the facility functioning optimally at all times.
2. Assist a new user to use shared laboratories and coordinate arrangement and use of equipment among users.
3. Arrange maintenance and inspection of all basic equipment (Biosafety cabinets, autoclaves, large centrifuges, etc.) that is appropriate to be maintained at the same level with common equipment throughout the university.
4. Prepare documents such as specifications required for purchasing equipment, goods, reagents, and consumables, and to communicate with manufacturers and distributors.
5. Promote the effective use of research resources by operating a "Research equipment redistribution system" in which research equipment no longer needed by one unit/section is used by other unit/section in the University.
6. Operate a glassware washing service on campus by the glassware washing staff.
7. Solve problems to improve the basic research infrastructure and research environment to be shared.
8. Take appropriate trainings and strive to improve him/herself, to improve their operations.
9. Perform other duties as required as a member of the Provost Office as necessary.

Research field
Interdisciplinary science and engineering
All Interdisciplinary science and engineering
Biological Sciences
All Biological Science
Complex systems
All Complex systems
Job type
Research/Educational Assistance
Employment status
Term: Full-time, fixed term appointment for 2 years. Contract initially with 3-month probationary period (inclusive). This contract may be renewed.
Work location
Kyushu and Okinawa district - Okinawa 

1. Ability to manage facilities and support users based on the knowledge and experience in scientific research and research equipment.
2. Ability to handle basic administrative tasks, while having a basic understanding of Japanese law, the structure of government and public offices, and the operation of universities.
3. Good sense of responsibility, fairness and compliance.
4. Ability to collaborate with colleagues and clients in diverse and multicultural settings.
5. Ability to maintain a high level of accuracy and attention to detail
6. Positive attitude to constantly strive to improve operations.
7. Business level communication skills in English.
8. Communication in Japanese preferred.


In accordance with the OIST Employee Compensation Regulations

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

- 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

Submission Documents:
- Curriculum vita in English (and Japanese if available)
- Cover letter in English (and Japanese if available)

* 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 Address:
Apply by uploading your submission documents HERE* (
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or apply by emailing your Submission Documents to:
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or send by post to the following address:
HR Recruiting Section
Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University
1919-1, Onna, Onna-son, Okinawa 904-0495, Japan

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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.
* 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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