Staff Scientist/Clinical Psychologist/Human Developmental Neurobiology Unit

The Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST) will become 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.


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


The staff scientist/clinical psychologist will participate in:

  1. Recruitment and assessment of English speaking children (age 6-12 years) and their families;
  2. Preparation of assessment reports;
  3. Scoring, management and analysis of data;
  4. Supervision of research technicians and junior clinicians;
  5. Preparation of professional manuscripts and presentations.

Peer supervision of clinical assessments is provided by experienced PhD level Clinical Psychologists and mentoring of research by the unit leader and senior researchers within the unit.



  1. Applicants must have graduate qualifications in clinical psychology (e.g., PhD or Masters and Post Graduate Diploma in Clinical Psychology), or a closely related field, and be licensed/registered in the state/country in which they received their professional training in clinical psychology. 
  2. PhD level applicants intending to carry out research should also have a high degree of proficiency in statistical methods and scientific writing. 


  1. Preference will be given to applicants with experience in the assessment and diagnosis of neurodevelopmental and externalizing behavior disorders, particularly ADHD.
  2. Completion of advanced courses and/or practicum in child psychological assessment and neuropsychology is highly desirable.
  3. Experience in providing clinical supervision.


Full time, the position is available for 2 years with the possibility to renewal up to 3 years

Starting Date 

September 1, 2017 (negotiable)

Working Hours 

09:00-17:30 (Discretionary)


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. Curriculum vitae and cover letter outlining relevant experience and research interests if appropriate,
  2. University transcripts
  3. The names and contact information for three referees.

Application Due 

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

Postal Address 

Professor Gail Tripp, Human Developmental Neurobiology Unit

Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University

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

Email Address 

Please submit all required application materials by email to: (Please replace # with @ before using this email address)


* OIST is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer.

*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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