R&D and Sequencing Specialist

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    Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University
    Biological sciencesBiology
    Biological sciencesOther
    Established Researcher (R3)
    Recognised Researcher (R2)
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
    19/02/2021 23:59 - Asia/Tokyo
    Japan › Okinawa
    See description


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 RSD shall 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 RSD shall provide support on grant applications, collaborations, health and safety and other support to research activities.

As one of the technical sections of RSD, DNA Sequencing Section provides support to researchers in promoting advances in biological science by providing genomic analyses services. Services offered include next-generation sequencing (NGS) support in a wide range of NGS applications, such as de novo genome sequencing, re-sequencing, RNA sequencing, and ChIP sequencing, etc. Currently, the section has the following NGS sequencers: Illumina NovaSeq6000, Illumina MiSeq, Illumina iSeq, PacBio Sequel II, Oxford Nanopore MinION and Oxford Nanopore PromethION. In addition, the section owns capillary sequencers, realtime PCR, microarray and etc. for common use.

The DNA Sequencing Section seeks a highly-motivated and team-oriented individual who will expand the Section's capability by establishing excellent protocols upstream of sequencing to strongly influence downstream analysis using his/her knowledge and skill. The R&D and Sequencing Specialist will be engaged in R&D work related to HMW DNA extraction and sample preparation for improving downstream de novo assembly in support Prof. Gene Myer's research and many other international colleagues' research at OIST.


1. Develop and establish new HMW DNA extraction methods required for de novo genome sequencing for all living organisms.
2. Develop and establish new methods to perform de novo genome sequencing from small amount of DNA.
3. Optimize and device sample preparation protocols for the variety of technologies operated in the DNA 4. Explore what combination of technologies give rise to the best downstream genomic assays.
5. Spearhead the selection of new equipment and reagents.
6. Collect and share information related to the latest NGS and N²GS trends required to maintain the Section's service quality.

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

■Report to■
DNA Sequencing Section Leader

■Starting Date■
As early as possible

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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 http://www.shigakukyosai.jp/ )
Welfare pension insurance (kousei-nenkin)
Worker's accident compensation insurance (roudousha-saigai-hoshou-hoken)

Additional comments

・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.
・Please view OIST policy for rules on external professional activities
・Further details about the University can be viewed on the OIST website www.oist.jp.

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