Research Technician Part-Time Position/ Human Developmental Neurobiology Unit

The Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST) is a model for change in education and research with the best international graduate students, working side by side with world-class faculty in modern well-equipped laboratories. Beautifully situated on the island of Okinawa, OIST relies on a cross-disciplinary approach, with an emphasis on creativity and exchange, to offer unique, individualized graduate training. OIST is a university with no departments, eliminating artificial barriers between people working in different fields, but many nationalities, with students and faculty being attracted from all over the world. Concentrating initially on Neuroscience, Molecular Sciences, Mathematical Sciences, Environmental and Ecological Sciences and Physical Sciences, OIST is bringing some of the best researchers in the world to Okinawa to transform the way science and education is done in the global academic world.

Position summary

We are seeking a highly motivated individual to join a research team committed to advancing understanding of the causes and management of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). The position is part-time (up to two days, 15 hours, a week) and is available for one year initially. Salary will be based on the candidate’s qualifications and relevant experience.


Part-Time Technician

Human Developmental Neurobiology Unit


7542 Onna, Onna-son, Okinawa 904-0411, Japan


The research technician will serve as a coordinator and administrative assistant for a research program developing and evaluating parenting programs for Japanese parents of children with ADHD. Duties will include recruitment of families, preparation of program materials, including translation and back translation between Japanese and English, scoring and inputting data, and, depending on qualifications and experience, co-leading groups. Training and supervision will be provided by post-doctoral researcher at Human Developmental Neuropsychology Unit.



  1. Applications should have a minimum of a Bachelors degree in psychology, education or social work.
  2. Applicants must be native Japanese speakers with excellent oral and written Japanese and English language skills.


  1. Preference will be given to applicants who have a Master’s degree in psychology and have experience in working with children and families and running groups.


Part-time, fixed term appointment (6 months). Contract initially with 3 month probationary period (inclusive). This contract may be renewal.

Starting Date 

July 1, 2017 (Negotiable)

Working Hours 

2 days per week, 9:00-17:30 per day


In accordance with the OIST Employee Compensation Regulation.


- 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)

Submission Documents 

  1. Cover letter in both English and Japanese
  2. Curriculum vitae in both English and Japanese
  3. Outlining relevant experience, university transcripts
  4. Names and contact information of 3~5 referees, one of which should be a previous employer

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

Application Due 

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

Postal Address 

Please submit all required application materials by email to: (please replace # 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,

*Only complete applications will be considered and documents will not be returned.

Email Address (please replace # with @ before using this email address)


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