Clinical Psychologist

Job Title: Clinical Psychologist
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: Okinawa
Salary: See job description
Contact Name: Dr Darren George or Dr Laura Sanger
Contact Email:
Job Published: April 13, 2017 15:40

Job Description

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 brains in the world to Okinawa to transform the way science and education is done in the global academic world.

Position summary: “Ganjuu” is an Okinawan word meaning “Good, well, strong, healthy”. This psychology-led service, aims to support the wellbeing of the whole OIST community, which includes graduate students, staff and their families. The following services are provided:

  • Psychological assessment and therapy
  • Development and support of initiatives related to wellbeing and community
  • Workshops and training related to wellbeing
  • Services to teams (team building, mediation, etc.)
  • Information, advice and consultation on wellbeing and interpersonal matters

The successful applicant will be joining an established team with a British trained, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, an American trained, bilingual Counsellor and an administrator. Managerially and clinically you will report directly to the Consultant Clinical Psychologist.

Position: Clinical Psychologist – Ganjuu Wellbeing Service

Working Location: 1919-1 Tancha, Onna-son, Okinawa, Japan 904-0495

Responsibilities: OIST is seeking to recruit an experienced licensed / registered Clinical Psychologist to join the Ganjuu Wellbeing Service. The post provides real scope and opportunity to help develop the service as the University grows, applying psychological knowledge and understanding to meet the needs of the OIST community. 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 and / or wellbeing issues; contribute to the development of support networks and provide psychologically informed workshops that support the overall wellbeing of the OIST community; provide advice and consultation on wellbeing and interpersonal matters; participate in service governance procedures to maintain a safe and effective service. There is scope to work at an individual, couple/family, group and organizational level.



  1. Native level fluency in English.
  2. Experience of working with mental health and wellbeing issues across the lifespan, from children to adults.
  3. Excellent clinical skills, including competence in one or more areas of evidence-based therapy.
  4. Experience in using professional supervision to guide practice.
  5. Skilled in providing consultation and supervision
  6. Experience and skills in developing and delivering training and workshops on a range of relevant wellbeing topics.
  7. Understands and practices in accordance with professional guidelines regarding confidentiality, risk management, supervised practice, ethical practice, outcome monitoring and continuing professional development.
  8. Prepared to work in a flexible way, within a developing service.
  9. Excellent written and verbal communication skills, clinically, within the team and to larger audiences.
  10. Comfortable working within a psychological framework (strengths-based approach).
  11. Good team player who is happy to communicate ideas with the team, in order to innovate and develop the service.
  12. Well organized and good administrative skills.
  13. Doctoral level qualification in Clinical or Counselling Psychology. (Exceptional candidates with a Masters level qualification in another branch of applied psychology or therapeutic practice may be considered).
  14. Licenced and registered to practice independently.


  1. At least 5 years’ post qualification relevant experience (less experienced candidates with relevant pre-qualification professional experience may be considered).
  2. Experience applying psychological knowledge within an organizational setting.
  3. Experience in the application of psychology in different cultural contexts.
  4. Experience of working in a university context
  5. Training in and experience of supervising others.
  6. Skills in the use, interpretation and integration of complex data from a variety of sources including psychological and neuropsychological tests.
  7. Post qualification experience of working with adults and children and families.
  8. Fluency in other languages.

The job description is intended as an outline indicator of general areas of activity and will be amended in the light of the changing needs of the organization.

Term:  Full-time, fixed term appointment for 3 years. Contract initially with 3 month probationary period (inclusive). This contract may be renewed.

Working hours: 9:00-17:30 (Discretionary)

Compensation: In accordance with the OIST Employee Compensation Regulations (Job Class: Specialist II-III, A5-A6 depending on experience and qualifications)


  • Relocation, housing and commuting allowances
  • Annual paid leave and 7 days’ 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. Letter of Intent
  2. Curriculum vitae
  3. Copy of License/registration as a Clinical Psychologist
  4. Copies of all qualifications
  5. Names of three references who can be contacted for letters of recommendation 

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

Starting Date: As early as possible

Application Due Date: Applications are due by May 15, 2017

Application Address:

Please submit all required application materials by email to:

Or send documents via post mail to: Recruiting Team, HR Management Section Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University 1919-1, Onna, Onna-son, Okinawa 904-0495, Japan

* 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.

* 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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* Further details about the University can be viewed on our website (

* For informal enquiries about the post, please contact either Dr Darren George or Dr Laura Sanger at the Ganjuu Wellbeing Service on 098-982-3327 or email