Research Unit Technician

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

Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology

(Parenting Program – Research Unit Technician)

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:

We are seeking a highly motivated individual to join a research team committed to advancing understanding and management of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in Japan. The Research Technician will be responsible for supporting all research activities associated with a multi-site effectiveness trial of a parenting program for Japanese mothers of children with ADHD. This is a grant funded position, with funding available for up to three years based on satisfactory research progress. 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.

Training and supervision will be provided by PhD level psychologists.


Research Unit Technician

Human Developmental Neurobiology Unit

Working Location:

7542 Onna, Onna-son, Okinawa, Japan (Seaside House) and the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University Main Campus.


The Research Technician will be responsible for:

  1. Preparation of materials for use in data collection
  2. Preparation of study data bases
  3. Scoring/coding/transcription of completed assessment measures
  4. Data entry, cleaning, and storage
  5. Running training programs for Parenting Program group leaders with Dr Shimabukuro
  6. Preliminary data analyses

The Research Technician will assist with:

  1. Drafting and revising program/training manuals and materials
  2. Japanese to English and English to Japanese translation of research and publicity materials
  3. Scientific literature searches
  4. Other duties related to the unit parenting research projects



  1. Masters degree in Psychology (or closely related field)  
  2. Some previous research experience
  3. Excellent Japanese and English language skills (speaking, reading and writing; e.g., TOEIC above 850)  
  4. Excellent communication skills
  5. Familiarity with Microsoft Office suite of programs


  1. Familiarity with parent and child psychological assessment measures and procedures
  2. Familiarity with SPSS and/or other statistical software packages

Report to:

Professor Gail Tripp / Human Developmental Neurobiology Unit

Starting Date:

As early as possible (negotiable)

Term & Working hours:

Full time, the position is available for 1 year in the first instance with a 3-month probationary period. Based on satisfactory progress of the research the position is expected to be available for a further two years.

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:

Apply by emailing your Submission Documents to:

Or send documents via post mail to:

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 in English and Japanese outlining relevant experience
  2. University transcripts
  3. The names and contact information for two 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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