Clinical Psychologist or Counsellor

To contribute to the wellbeing of the OIST community, OIST has established the Ganjuu Wellbeing Services. “Ganjuu” is an Okinawan word meaning “Good, well, strong, healthy”. The service provides a range of mental health, wellbeing and counselling services to ensure the OIST community are supported and can make the most out of their experience at OIST and in Okinawa. They provide a range of services to support the educational needs of students and the overall wellbeing of the graduate students, staff and their families.

OIST is seeking to recruit an experienced licensed/registered Clinical Psychologist or Counsellor to cover our bilingual Japanese Counsellor during maternity & childcare leave.


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


The successful applicant will be expected to provide evidence based psychological interventions for graduate students, staff and their families who present with a wide range of clinical issues; and contribute to the development of student, staff and family support networks. The successful applicant will work collaboratively with two British trained senior Clinical Psychologists employed by the service.


Applicants should hold a Postgraduate Diploma (or higher) in Clinical Psychology or Counselling (minimum 2 years of specialized training) and be licensed/registered to practice as a Clinical Psychologist or Counsellor in the country in which they completed their training.

  1. Native level Japanese and business level English or better
  2. At least 2 years relevant post qualification experience working as a Clinical Psychologist / Counsellor
  3. Practice and competency-based qualification in psychological therapy. Excellent clinical skills including competence in one or more areas of evidence-based therapy
  4. Understands and practices in accordance with professional guidelines regarding confidentiality, risk management, supervised practice, ethical practice and continuing professional development
  5. Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  6. Comfortable working within a psychological framework (formulation and strengths-based approach)

Report to 

Ganjuu Wellbeing Service Director

Starting Date 

As early as possible

Term & Working Hours 

Term: Full-time, fixed term appointment until February 28th, 2020. Contract initially with 3-month probationary period (inclusive). This contract may be renewed if child care leave is extended.  

Working hours: Flextime (core time 10:00-15:00) 7.5 hrs per day (Multiplied by prescribed working days per month)

Compensation & Benefits 

Compensation in accordance with the OIST Employee Compensation Regulations
Annual salary: 3.9 million ~ 4.8 million yen (Job class: Administrative III, A3)


- Commuting allowance
- Housing allowance
- Annual paid leave
Depending on the number of working hours, there may be eligibility for
- Worker’s accident compensation insurance (roudousha-saigai-hoshou-hoken)
- Welfare pension insurance (kousei-nenkin) Health insurance

How To Apply 

Apply by uploading your submission documents HERE*.
*This is a secure file uploading system for handling confidential materials.

Submission documents:

  • Letter of intent in both English and Japanese
  • Curriculum vitae in both English and Japanese
  • Copy of License/registration as a Clinical Psychologist and or Counsellor
  • Names and contact information of 3 referees, one of which should be a previous employer

or send by post to the following address:
HR Recruiting Support Section

Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University
1919-1 Tancha, Onna-son, Okinawa 904-0495, Japan

If you have any questions, please contact us at recruiting[at]
(replace [at] with @ before using this email address)

Application Due Date 

Jan. 31, 2020 (Applications will be screened upon arrival)


  • 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.
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