Job Opportunities

The first round of 2017 AIST Recruitment for Research Scientists will be open soon.

      May 11, 2017 
(Japan Standard Time)


  • An application document must be produced by using the template specified by AIST.
  • Any application document attached to email is not acceptable. Please click “application_procedure” in the right panel and follow the application instruction carefully, otherwise, evaluations are not applied.


Research Scientist

National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) is one of the largest government research organizations in Japan, with about 2,300 researchers and 650 research administrative members. AIST promotes fundamental R&D activities in the pursuit of problem-solutions for industrial sciences and technologies. AIST also reinforces various functions of “Bridge-building”, aiming to come into practical use of AIST’s research achievements by collaborating with academic and industrial organizations. AIST has, therefore, been conducting researches on leading edge technologies for incubating and enhancing innovation, as well as conducting fundamental researches on intellectual infrastructure such as geological survey, metrology, and measurements.

AIST recruits talented researchers who have high level of specialties, research performance, and intelligence, together with positive mind for R&D collaboration with industries and academia.

Position Available

Type A (Tenure-track Position)/Type B (Tenured Position)
  • AIST seeks research scientists with outstanding abilities and/or potential for conducting innovative R&D activities in wide range of fields of science and technology. Research scientists will be employed for tenure-track (Type A), or tenured positions (Type B).
  • Recruitment and Employment Committeee of AIST will determine which positions are suitable for an successful applicant.
  • Tenure of an employed research scientist for Type A is 5 years, however, tenure can be reduced to 3 yeras based on decision by the committee.
  • A tenure-track research scientist can be promoted to a research scientist for a tenured position by qualifying "tenure review". The tenure review will be carried out about 18 months before tenure expires. The scope of the tenure review is to quantify contributions to AIST missions, and performance in term. In the last 5 years, more than 90% of tenure-track research scientists have been qualified.

Type C (Specially appointed position) 

  • AIST seeks research scientists who have sufficient expertise for joining R&D projects AIST is trusted by finantial institutions.
  • Applicants should possess, or be scheduled to earn, a doctoral degree before the day of employment. Applicants with equivalent qualification are also welcome for application.
  • Exclusive working duty is imposed on successful applicants, since the job opportunities are sponsored by financial institutions. Several restrictions on research activities may be applied.
  • Tenure is generally 2-5 years, and this job opportunity is not tenure-track.

Type D (Non tenure-track position based on performance-based pay)
  • AIST seeks research scientists with professional expertise and worldwide reputation for conducting highly prioritized R&D projects by AIST.
  • Annual Salary System, which is a category of results-oriented salary system, are applied to successful applicants. Applicants should have a Ph. D. degree, or equivalent experiences on the R&D subjects.
  • These positions are not tenure-track, and a tenure review is not scheduled for these categories of research scientists.
  • Tenure is up to 5 years, and reappointment is possible for one further term.

Leading Initiative for Excellent Young Researchers (LEADER)

AIST posts the following job vacancies in based on the employment scheme of "Leading Initiative for Excellent Young Researchers."  Please visit this page, or "Leading Initiative for Excellent Researchers (LEADER)" on the right pain, for more details.

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