Analytical Instrument Specialist - Mass Spectrometry

1919-1 Tancha, Onna-son, Okinawa, Japan 904-0495
In accordance with the OIST Employee Compensation Regulations
Mar 30, 2021
Apr 29, 2021
Field of specialization
Biotechnical, Education
Job Type
Full time

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.

The Instrumental Analysis Section (IAS; see is one of the technical support sections within the RSD.  IAS host more than 40 instruments, Mass spectrometry (MS), Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) Flow Cytometry (FACS) and other large analytical instrument as the common research facilities.  IAS manages and provides technical support for OIST researchers with these instruments.

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


  1.  Provides support services related to Mass Spectrometry.
  2.  Provides users with appropriate training and fair access to the Mass Spectrometry, monitor the usage of the facility.
  3.  Provides consultations with researchers on Mass Spectrometry.
  4.  In addition to the daily communication with the users, hold periodical user meetings to encourage communication among the users for sharing understandings and solving problems.
  5.  Creation of standard training programs, manuals and protocols on Mass Spectrometry and other IAS hosting analytical instrument for the efficient training and use of the instruments
  6.  Maintenance and cleaning of IAS hosting analytical instrument and facilities
  7.  Work with equipment vendors on maintenance, development and trouble-shooting issues
  8.  Maintenance of stocks of consumables and chemicals of IAS instrument and facilities
  9.  Expansion of the coverage of support by introducing the latest technologies and by seeking professional, technical training
  10.  Proactive participation in technical and organizational improvement, collaborating with colleagues and researchers
  11.  Supports the purchase and procurement of necessary equipment based on the need, by documenting the specifications of the instrument and by communicating with the manufacturers and vendors, etc.
  12.  Maintenance of excellent records regarding research support, instrument maintenance and safety
  13.  Maintains and expands collaborative relationships with other domestic and international institutes
  14.  Other duties as required in the section and assigned by the Instrumental Analysis Section Leader.



  1. Specific expertise in Mass Spectrometry, with ability to prepare samples, to manage instrument, to analyze data, and to support users.
  2. Expertise in Proteomics and experience in Metabolomics Mass Spectrometry.
  3. Significant research track record, with Ph.D in Biology or Chemistry or equivalent qualification.
  4. Sense of fairness, compliance and teamwork in diverse and multicultural settings.
  5. Excellent communication skill in English. Ability to communicate in Japanese is preferred, but not required.
  6. Proactive participation in technical and organizational improvement, collaborating with colleagues and users.


  1. High sensitivity MALDI-TOF Mass Spectrometry experience.
  2. FACS, NMR and other analytical instrument experience/knowledge
  3. Work experience in a core facility of universities or institutes for science

Report to
Section Leader of the Instrumental Analysis Section

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

Submission Documents
    Curriculum vita in English (and Japanese if available)
    Cover letter in English (and Japanese if available)
    Name of 3 referees, one of which should be a previous supervisor

* Please be sure to indicate where you first saw the job advertisement.
* Referees contact information may be requested during the final interview stage