Psychology Research Technician 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

We are seeking a highly motivated native English-speaking research technician to join a research team investigating the nature, causes and management of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). The research technician will be responsible for administering and scoring neuropsychological assessments and administering computer-based experimental tasks with English-speaking children participating in the research unit’s projects. The research technician will also assist in coding data for a language study and assist with organizing and entering research data and other unit operations as time permits. Training will be provided as needed. The position is available for one year in the first instance and may be extended. Salary and benefits will be determined based on the candidate’s qualifications and experience.     

The unit encourages the professional growth of individual staff and continuing education opportunities are provided. OIST ( is a dynamic new graduate university in Okinawa Prefecture, Japan. English is the official language of the University.



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


The research technician will assist in:

  1. Recruitment of English-speaking children (age 6-12 years) and their families.
  2. Administration and scoring of neuropsychological assessment protocols.
  3. Data coding and entry. This may include, but not limited to, coding language/social interaction data, inputting assessment data into a database.
  4. Other unit research operations as appropriate. This may include, but not limited to, assisting other unit data collection (e.g., control group data), unit presentations, community outreach, and upkeep of assessment supplies and devices.

Supervision is provided by experienced PhD level Clinical Psychologists, Unit PI and senior researchers. 



  1. Experience working with children and families.
  2. Advanced training in clinical psychology or a closely related field (e.g., Masters degree in clinical psychology, school psychology, or counseling psychology).
  3. Native-level spoken and written English.
  4. Ability to work flexibly in a team environment.


  1.  Experience in administering and scoring neuropsychological assessment measures.
  2. Exposure to research-based assessment protocols.
  3. Good attention to detail.

Report to 

Professor Gail Tripp/Human Developmental Neurobiology Unit

Starting Date 

As early as possible

Term & Working Hours 

Term: Full-time or part time. The position is available for 1 year in the first instance. This employment contract may be renewed with satisfactory performance.

Working hours: Monday-Friday, 7.5 hours a day if full-time (Discretionary).

Compensation & Benefits 

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:


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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. University transcripts
  3. The names and contact information for three 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. Starting date is negotiable.


  • 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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