Bioinformatics Technician and Data Scientist Position

Bioinformatics Technician and Data Scientist position available in the Marine Climate Change Unit, Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University.


Apply by emailing the required documents to:

timothy.ravasi [at] and TaeWoo.Ryu2 [at]


Bioinformatics Technician and and Data Scientist

Position Summary:

Anthropogenic activities are leading to global Climate Change at an unprecedented rate. Understanding the mechanisms of how coral reef fish cope with environmental shifts is imperative to understand their fate in a changing planet. Little is known about the genomics mechanisms of rapid evolution/phenotypic plasticity to the adaptive response of coral reef fish to changing ocean conditions.

We are seeking for an highly motivated Bioinformatics Technician to join the Marine Climate Change Unit/Ravasi's Unit at OIST ( to work on long-term projects that aim to understand the effects of climate stressors (i.e. ocean warming) on coral reef fishes. Our main goal is to understand fish acclimation/adaptation to climate change at the genomic level. By using a set of unique multi-generational experiments combined with Next-Generation Sequencing approaches such as genome, epigenome and transcriptome sequencing we are trying to unveil the genetics and epigenetics mechanisms underline fish responses to climate change. The successful candidate will be able to assist other unit members including students to look at a variety of data including but will mainly be working on the computational analysis, integration and visualization of genomics, epigenomics and transcriptomics datasets. Furthermore she/he will be in change in maintaining and updating the Unit's freely available genomics resources and community databases.


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


  1. The successful candidate will take the lead role in the project.
  2. To contribute to the overall activities of the research unit, acting as an effective collaborator and team member.
  3. To carry our routine administrative tasks associated with the research project to ensure it is completed on time and within budget as needed.
  4. To liaise with colleagues and students to build contacts, exchange information and form relationships for future collaboration.
  5. Maintaining and updating the Unit's freely available genomics resources website



  1. The applicant should be proficient in Linux and R. 
  2. Good knowledge on Perl, python, database programming or web programming would be also desirable.
  3. Good interpersonal skills and willing to work with a diverse group of people.
  4. Fluent in English both verbal and written.  
  5. Holding a Bachelor or MS degree in Computer Science, Software Engineering, Data Science or Computational Biology.

Report to:

Dr. Taewoo Ryu and Professor Timothy Ravasi, Marine Climate Change Unit

Starting Date:

As early as possible

Term & Working Hours:

Term: Full-time, starting appontiment for 3 years but renewable.

Working hours: 9:00-17:30 (Discretionary)

Compensation & Benefits:

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 )
  • Welfare pension insurance (kousei-nenkin)
  • Worker's accident compensation insurance (roudousha-saigai-hoshou-hoken)

How To Apply:

Apply by emailing your Submission Documents to:

timothy.ravasi [at] and TaeWoo.Ryu2 [at]

(Please replace [at] with @ before using this email address)

Submission Documents:

  • Cover letter summarising research interests, professional experience and career goals
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Names and contact information of 3 referees, one of which should be a previous employer.

Application Due Date:

Open immediately (Applications will be screened upon arrival)


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.

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