The Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate
University (OIST) is a model for change in education and research
with the best international graduate students, working side by side
with world‐class faculty in modern well‐equipped laboratories.
Beautifully situated on the island of Okinawa, OIST relies on a
cross‐disciplinary approach, with an emphasis on creativity and
exchange, to offer unique, individualized graduate training. OIST
is a university with no departments, eliminating artificial
barriers between people working in different fields,but many
nationalities, with students and faculty being attracted from all
over the world. Concentrating initially on Neuroscience, Molecular
Sciences, Mathematical Sciences,Environmental and Ecological
Sciences and Physical Sciences, OIST is bringing some of the best
brains in the world to Okinawa to transform the way science and
education is done in the global academic world.
OIST has developed world-class core research facilities,
comprising animal resources, environmental research and data
support, engineering, imaging, instrument analysis, a marine
station, scientific computing, and sequencing. We now seek a senior
leader for these core
facilities, with the vision and skill to further develop their
capability. “Director of Core Facilities” reports to the Provost
and works closely with faculty and Core Facility Section Leaders
- Work with the section leaders to further develop world class
research core facilities.
- Manage the administrative processes of Core Facilities’ such as
budget request, coordinate requests for new equipment and
- Ensure fair access to facilities, optimized investment,
effective use, and develop long-term equipment renewal plans in
collaboration with faculty and section leaders.
- Cooperate with HR to provide training opportunities to facility
staff and develop staff career path for sustainable operation of
the core facilities.
- Seek to enhance external networks such as mutual use of core
facilities and participating in core technologies networks in Japan
- Apply for grants to further enhance facilities in collaboration
with section leaders.
- Implementation and management of a campus wide equipment
reservation and management system.
- Study and implement appropriate internal cost charging
- Organize fee-for-use services to external users/companies in
collaboration with section leaders
- Present the core facilities at external events and create
significant digital resources such as webpages to attract
collaborators and users.
- Manage assignment of core facility administrators to maintain
smooth operation of the core facilities in collaboration with
- Develop, implement and manage relevant rules, procedures,
system and staff to achieve above items, and to standardize the
service flow throughout the core facilities.
- Perform other duties assigned by the Provost
- Specific technical expertise in relevant technologies, with at
least 10 years of experience managing a group of facilities
- Significant technical track record, with PhD or equivalent
- Leadership experience in diverse and multicultural
- Highly flexible and innovative
- Sense of fairness, compliance and teamwork
- Excellent communication skill in English and ability to solve
problems. Ability to communicate in Japanese is desired, but not