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  • Research Technician Position at the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology

    The Ecology and Evolution Unit (internal: http://ecoevo.unit.oist.jp/ external: https://groups.oist.jp/evolution) at the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology (http://www.oist.jp/) is seeking applicants with skills in molecular biology for a Research Technician position. In our work we employ next-generation sequencing to study the interaction between genomes and the environment, working with a wide range of study species, from yeast, to snakes, to social insects.

    RESEARCH TECHNICIAN

    Duties: The chosen candidate will principally carry out a high-throughput genotyping pipeline, starting by extracting DNA from field-collected specimens, and then prepare them for sequencing. Much of the work will be automated using liquid handling robots, and will require the processing of tens of thousands of samples. In addition to these tasks, the research technician will assist with laboratory management/ordering supplies, writing up relevant sections of methods and results for manuscripts, as well as participating with ongoing research and development activities. Over time, there may be possibilities to participate in fieldwork, to learn bioinformatic skills, and to engage in outreach activities.

    Qualifications: A BS/MS in Biology or a related field, scientific research experience, and a proficiency in basic molecular biology techniques are essential. In addition, a familiarity with the handling of scientific data, and basic computer skills are also required. Experience working with next-generation sequencing, and with liquid-handling automation is desirable, but not required. The ideal candidate will have a strong ability to focus, good organizational skills, an ability to both carefully follow directions, and to independently solve common problems. The candidate should also be proficient at multitasking, prioritizing responsibilities, time management, and have an ability to interact with all levels of staff in a multicultural environment.

    Job Data: OIST is a newly established international graduate university located in the resort area of Onna-son, Okinawa, Japan, and offers a high quality of life and good working conditions in an international environment. Logistical and financial assistance with relocation will be provided, along with a competitive salary and benefits package. OIST is an English-language working environment and knowledge of English is required, knowledge of Japanese is helpful but not necessary. The OIST campus is notable for its scenic layout, including a view of the ocean from the lab itself.

    To apply, please send a cover letter, CV, and list of three references with contact information to <[email protected]>. Informal inquiries are also welcome at the same address. Application review will begin immediately and will remain open until the position is filled. We are aiming to conduct video chat interviews in March, on-site interviews in April, and a start date in May/June 2014.

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