Biosafety Staff

Japan (JP)
26 Oct 2017
End of advertisement period
25 Nov 2017
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology
Biosafety Staff

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:

The Biosafety Staff will be responsible for biosafety at OIST. S/he will be expected to run the OIST Biosafety Committee and provide appropriate advice to OIST staff students and visitors on all aspects of biosafety.


Biosafety Staff
Occupational Health and Safety Section

Working Location:

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


  1. Provide consultation on experiments involving recombinant DNA or pathogens, review relevant research protocols, and process internal decision-making procedures
  2. Ensure OIST members handling pathogens take necessary health checks 
  3. Create and update biosafety training materials, provide training including hands-on training, and maintain training records
  4. Inspect laboratories where rDNA or pathogen experiment are conducted 
  5. Organize OIST Biosafety Committee and its meetings including travel arrangements, and prepare the meeting materials
  6. Establish and revise biosafety-related rules and manuals
  7. Management of common BSL2(3) facility and organized the user meeting of the facility
  8. Negotiate with relevant authorities and prepare documents to the authorities in terms of biosafety.
  9. Other work related to biosafety and occupational health and safety, in particular including advice on import of biological samples


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


  • 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)

Submission Documents:

  • Cover letter in both English and Japanese
  • Curriculum vitae in both English and Japanese
  • Names and contact information of 3~5 referees, one of which should be a previous employer

* Please be sure to indicate where you first saw the job advertisement. 

Starting Date:

As early as possible

Application Due Date:

Applications deadline will continue until the position is filled.

Application Address:

Please submit all required application materials by email to:

Or send documents via post mail to:
Recruiting Team, HR Management Section
Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University
1919-1, Tancha, Onna-son, Okinawa 904-0495, Japan

* 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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* Further details about the University can be viewed on our website (