Clinical Psychologist (Human Developmental Neurobiology Unit)

Japan (JP)
20 Feb 2019
End of advertisement period
22 Mar 2019
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology

(Clinical Psychologist in Human Developmental Neurobiology Unit)

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.

Position summary:

Clinical Psychologist

(Human Developmental Neurobiology Unit)

We are seeking a highly motivated clinical psychologist to join a research team committed to advancing understanding of the nature, causes and management of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). The clinical psychologist will be responsible for coordinating and conducting research diagnostic and neuropsychological assessments with children participating in the Unit’s research projects, and preparation of reports based on those assessments for parents. The position is available for two years in the first instance and may be extended. Salary and benefits are competitive and will be determined based on the candidate’s qualifications and experience. The research unit encourages the professional growth of individual staff and continuing education opportunities are provided. The research unit works in English.

Working Location:

7542 Onna, Onna-son, Okinawa, Japan (Seaside House), 904-0411


The clinical psychologist will participate in:

  1. Recruitment and assessment of English-speaking children (age 6-12 years) and their families;
  2. Scoring and management of assessment data;
  3. Preparation of research assessment reports;
  4. Supervision of research assessments and report writing by Unit research technicians, postdoctoral fellows, and research students as appropriate;
  5. Research unit outreach activities as appropriate.  

Peer supervision of assessments is provided by experienced PhD level Clinical Psychologists.



  1. Applicants must have graduate qualifications in clinical psychology (e.g., PhD, PsyD, or Masters and Post Graduate Diploma in Clinical Psychology), and be licensed/registered in the state/country in which they received their professional training in clinical psychology. 
  2. Applicants must have had training and experience in the assessment and diagnosis of neurodevelopmental and externalizing behavior disorders, particularly ADHD. 
  3. Native level spoken and written English. 


  1. Preference will be given to applicants with at least 2 years of post-doctoral/post qualification experience in conducting assessments and providing clinical supervision.
  2. Experience working in team environment.
  3. Exposure to research-based assessment protocols.

Report to:

Professor Gail Tripp / Human Developmental Neurobiology Unit

Starting Date:

As soon as possible (negotiable)

Term & Working hours:

Term; Full time, the position is available for 2 years in the first instance. This employment contract may be renewed with satisfactory progress.

Working hours; Monday – Friday 7.5 hours a day (Discretionary)

Compensation & Benefits:

Compensation 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:

Please submit all required application materials by email to:

or send by post to the following address:

Professor Gail Tripp, Human Developmental Neurobiology Unit

Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University

7542 Onna, Onna-son, Okinawa 904-0411, Japan

Submission Documents:

  1. Curriculum vitae and cover letter outlining relevant experience
  2. Sample assessment report
  3. University transcripts
  4. The names and contact information for three referees

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Application Due Date:

Consideration of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

* 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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