Job: Dream short-term teaching gig in Okinawa, Japan
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sasha70 wrote:

The Ecology and Evolution Unit at Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University is looking for a lecturer to assist with teaching of a graduate-level introductory biology course while the regular instructor is abroad. This is an exciting opportunity for anyone who wants to extend his or her teaching experience with state-of-the-art technology, while working in an international, intellectually stimulating environment, and enjoying a summer on a subtropical Pacific island.

This course introduces fundamentals of biological science, particularly genetics and genomics, to a diverse body of students, primarily from the physical sciences and engineering. It relies on a combination of computational approaches to introduce fundamental biological processes and laboratory experiments that emphasize critical thinking and problem solving. As a result, this course also attracts biology students interested in becoming proficient with programming bioinformatics, or with next-generation sequencing technology.

Working jointly with the regular instructor, the lecturer will be responsible for adding or modifying course content, and for organizing the course into a largely online format, as well as teaching labs and tutorials. In addition, a previously developed teaching module that constitutes part of this course, should be prepared for peer-reviewed publication ( by creating learning assessments in exchange for authorship.


  • The ability to deliver lectures in English.
  • Experience with Python, R, and Linux; experience with Jupyter notebooks a plus.
  • Previous graduate-level work in bioinformatic data analysis.
  • Hands-on experience in the molecular lab.
  • The ability to travel to Okinawa in May.


  • 6 contact hours per week.
  • Salary: ¥2,000,000 (~$18,000). Transportation costs and housing will be provided for the successful candidate.
  • Course dates: May 8 - August 18, 2017.
  • OIST will help with obtaining a working visa, if necessary.
  • Application deadline: March 5, 2017, with Skype interviews to be held during the following week.

Applicants should include a cover letter that outlines motivations and previous teaching experience, as well as evidence of proficiency in programming/bioinformatics/lab work. A CV with references is also required.

Send applications, and questions to Alexander Mikheyev (alexander dot mikheyev at

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ADD COMMENTlink modified 3.5 years ago • written 3.5 years ago by sasha70

Just wanted to comment- I had the opportunity to visit OIST a few years ago. I think things were still getting started at that point, but it's a very impressive facility with a surprising array of resources on-site (which is important, since it's on a tropical island), including a large compute cluster.

ADD REPLYlink written 3.5 years ago by Adamc640

Thanks for the kind words @Adamc! Our cluster is indeed quite good. We've been narrowly pushed out of the top500, but the university still only has just over 60 labs.

ADD REPLYlink written 3.5 years ago by sasha70
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