Parenting Program - Research Administrator in Human Developmental Neurobiology Unit

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Position summary

We are seeking a motivated individual to join a research team committed to helping families with children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in Japan. The successful applicant will be responsible for the day to day administration of a  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. Salary and benefits are competitive and will be determined based on the candidate’s qualifications and experience.


Research Administrator

Human Developmental Neurobiology Unit


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


The Research Administrator be responsible for:

  1. Scheduling participant screening interviews; scheduling group leader training and supervision; and participant data collection
  2. Scheduling and preparation of materials for meetings with research sites
  3. Budget execution across research sites including: therapist payments, purchase and monitoring of gift vouchers, payment and monitoring of research expenses.
  4. Arranging research related travel and accommodation
  5. Preparation and shipping materials
  6. Assisting with minutes in Japanese and English
  7. Assist with Japanese to English and English to Japanese translation of research and publicity materials
  8. Preparation of materials for group leader training sessions

The Research Administrator will assist with:

  1. Assist with preparing ethics applications and joint research agreements
  2. Data transcription in Japanese and data entry (as appropriate)
  3. Other duties related to the unit parenting research projects



  1. Bachelors degree or equvalent
  2. Native Japanese speaker with excellent writing skills in Japanese
  3. Business level English (oral and written) language skills. (e.g., TOEIC above 700)
  4. Excellent communication skills
  5. Excellent organizational skills
  6. Familiarity with Microsoft Office suite of programs


  1. Prior administrative experience.
  2. Prior experience in budget execution
  3. Experience working as a member of a team

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 (9:00-17:30)

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:


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

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

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

Application Due Date 

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


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