Group Leader

Description: 

A Group Leader position is available in the Biological Systems Unit at the newly established Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology (OIST) to work on MFCs development and other waste water treatment technologies (WWT). 
Our primary R&D focus is on a better understanding of microbial communities in MFCs as a system, together with further optimization and scale-up of the MFC technology. The position holder will be responsible for day to day WWT project management. The project includes installation, running and improvement of MFCs, collecting, processing and analysis the experimental data using metagenomic and metaproteomic technologies. Document all designs, procedures and results.
Supervision of younger researchers and technicians. Preparation of research publications.

Primary R&D focus for the position will be on a better understanding of biological processes in waste water treatment systems, together with further optimization of these technologies using environmental systems and synthetic biology methods.

Qualifications:
(Required)
1) PhD or MSc in a relevant domain, >10 years working experience in a relevant domain and skills to do biotechnological research and at least 2 years of research management or supervisory experience is required.
2) Fluent in English.
3) The candidate is able to communicate well with fellow researchers in similar and other relevant disciplines. The candidate is a team player and enthusiastically to co-supervise junior researchers PhD, MSc students and performing senior research tasks
4) Strong writing and presentation skills.

(Preferred)
1) Practical knowledge of metabolic engineering, systems and/or synthetic biology
2) Practical experience with water treatment systems, aerobic, microbial fuel cells or anaerobic digesters (biogas) are considered as an advantage.

Term:
Full-time, Fixed term appointment for 2 years with possible extension for 1 year with 3 months probationary period.

Compensation:
In accordance with the OIST Employee Compensation Regulations

Benefits:
Annual paid leave, summer holidays, social insurance (shakai-hoken) includes health insurance, welfare pension insurance, commuting allowances and relocation

3) The candidate is able to communicate well with fellow researchers in similar and other relevant disciplines. The candidate is a team player and enthusiastically to co-supervise junior researchers PhD, MSc students and performing senior research tasks
4) Strong writing and presentation skills.

Contact details: 
For informal enquiries please contact Professor Igor Goryanin goryanin@oist.jp with the following documents: 1) Curriculum vitae in English, including response to requirements for Responsibilities and Qualifications. 2) Cover letter in English 3) Names and contact information for 3 references
Contact email address: 
goryanin@oist.jp
Expiration date: 
Saturday, December 31, 2016