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Laser Safety and Optical Characterization Specialist
Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University
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Engineering Section
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Private university
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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 the RSD 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 the RSD provide support on grant applications, collaborations, health and safety and other support to research activities.

The Engineering Section is one of the technical support sections within the RSD. It provides support for mechanical engineering, electronics, nanofabrication, and characterization through three teams of technical staff.

Position summary:

The OIST Engineering Section is looking for a highly motivated and team-oriented technical specialist to support material characterization via optical techniques within the university. The candidates' principle duties will be to work as the secretariat of Laser Safety Advisory Committee, to maintain multiple state-the-art instruments, and to train and assist OIST researchers in their operation.


1. As the secretariat of the Laser Safety Advisory Committee, organize the committee meetings, confirm laser usage plans, conduct workplace inspections, update rules, and conduct laser education and training, etc.
2. Answer enquiries related to general laser safety
3. Provide support services related to sample/material characterization using optical instruments:
a. User training on various optical instruments
b. Consultation with researchers on sample/material characterization
c. Assisting researchers with sample measurement and data analysis
4. Creation of standard training programs, manuals, and protocols on characterization techniques, for the efficient training and use of the instruments
5. Maintenance, repair and cleaning of all relevant equipment and facilities
6. Work with equipment vendors on maintenance, development, and trouble-shooting issues
7. Support 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 trainings conducted, support work conducted, equipment maintenance and safety
9. Other duties as assigned by the Engineering Section Leader

[Address of work location and other information]
1919‐1 Tancha, Onna‐son, Okinawa, Japan 904-0495

[Number of positions]

[Starting date]
As early as possible

Research field
Mechanical engineering
Job type
Research/Educational Assistance
Employment status
Full-time, fixed term appointment for 2 years. Contract initially with 3 month probationary period (inclusive).
Work location
Kyushu and Okinawa district - Okinawa 

1. Masters degree or higher in engineering, physics, materials science, or a closely related field
2. A minimum of 5 years of experience working with optics and class 4 lasers
3. Experience in training or mentoring others in characterization techniques and the use of class 4 continuous and pulsed lasers
4. The candidate should be well trained in at least 4 of the following areas:
1. Laser safety (Mandatory)
2. Alignment of complex optical systems
3. Raman spectroscopy
4. Fourier Transform spectroscopy
5. Fluorescence lifetime measurement
6. Spectrophotometry
5. Excellent communication skills in English. Ability to communicate in Japanese is desirable.
6. Strong problem-solving skills
7. Ability to adapt to local culture and rapidly changing work environment.


Working hours: 9:00-17:30 (Discretionary)

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 be June 30th, 2021.
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・Curriculum vitae in English (and Japanese if available)
・Cover letter in English (and Japanese if available)

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