Clinical Psychologist: 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.

We are seeking a highly motivated English-speaking clinical psychologist to join a research team investigating the nature, causes and management of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). The clinical psychologist will be responsible for coordinating and conducting diagnostic and neuropsychological assessments with children participating in the research unit’s projects. The unit encourages the professional growth of individual staff and continuing education opportunities are provided.

Division Function/Position summary:

Full job description:

More information about the research unit:


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


  1. Recruitment and assessment of English-speaking children (age 6-12) and their families (2 cases per week, 2-3 half days per case).
  2. Scoring and management of assessment data, and preparation of assessment reports.
  3. Supervision of the Unit staff and students involved in assessment/data collection, and outreach activities as appropriate.


  1. Applicants must have graduate qualifications in clinical psychology and be licensed/registered in the state/country in which they trained or reside.
  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.
  4. Preference given to applicants with at least 5 years of post-doctoral/qualification experience in conducting assessments and providing clinical supervision.

Report to 

Prof. Gail Tripp

Starting Date 

Starting date is negotiable (May-Sep 2022).

Term & Working Hours 

Term: Full-time, fixed term appointment for two years in the first instance and may be extended up to 3 years. Contract initially with 3-month probationary period (inclusive).

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

Compensation & Benefits 

Compensation in accordance with the OIST Employee Compensation Regulations. Salary and benefits are competitive.


  • 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 

Questions/application to: Professor Gail Tripp: tripp[at]

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

Submission Documents 

  • Curriculum vitae and cover letter outlining relevant experience
  • Sample assessment report
  • University transcripts
  • The names and contact information for 3 referees


* Please be sure to indicate where you first saw the job advertisement.

* Up to 3 references may be requested during the final interview stage.

* Prior to the start of employment all new hires are required to successfully complete a background check. Personal information including employment history and academic background should be submitted to third-party administrators after a conditional offer of employment.

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 applications from underrepresented groups.

*  Information provided by applicants or references will be kept confidential, documents will not be returned. All applicants will be notified regarding the status of their applications.  OIST Privacy Policy

*  Please view our policy for rules on external professional activities


* Further details about the University can be viewed on our website (