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Energy and Environment

AIST is developing technologies for increased use of alternative energy technologies, such as renewable energy sources that reduce greenhouse gas emissions (energy creation), high-density energy storage, highly efficient conversion and transportation of energy (energy saving), effective utilization of energy resources, and evaluation and reduction of environmental risk. One of the most important missions of AIST is to contribute to "Green Innovation." 

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.

Following is the list of job opportunities which are now open for recruitment. Deadline is May 11, 2017.

Entry ID
ENEENV-01
Title Development of technology for long-term and stable gas production or engineering application by using gas hydrate
Details of Job Opportunity
In order to develop the technology to achieve long-term and stable gas production from methane hydrate reservoir, and/or, develop the environmentally friendly technologies for stable energy supply, we recruit highly-motivated researchers, who studied crystal physics, physical chemistry, reservoir engineering, resource engineering, material engineering, computational chemistry and/or relevant fields of research, with basic knowledge on development and utilization of energy resources.
Start of Employment April 1, 2018
Research Unit Research Institute of Energy Frontier
URL https://unit.aist.go.jp/rief/en/index.html
Inquiry Department of Energy and Environment
E-mail: saiyou-eneenv-ml*aist.go.jp
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Number of Position 1 position
Entry ID
ENEENV-02
Title Research on development and utilization of unconventional energy resources
Details of Job Opportunity
Toward steady supply of energy and resources and the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, AIST is looking for researchers promoting effective and efficient utilization of unutilized energy resources.

1. A chemical engineer who is interested in development of efficient conversion process of hydrocarbon resources. Specific assignments include designing processes for thermochemical conversion of hydrocarbon resources or highly efficient utilization based on the process engineering, reaction engineering and so on.
2. A researcher who is interested in the corresponding energy transportation and storage technology with the new energy combination system including hydrogen/energy carrier, methane, and electric storage technology based on the process engineering, reaction engineering, catalyst, materials science, resource engineering and social science.

The potential candidate with aforementioned basic knowledges who can contribute to the development of energy resource utilization system or the evaluation and analysis of energy system will be acceptable.
Start of Employment April 1, 2018
Research Unit Research Institute of Energy Frontier
URL https://unit.aist.go.jp/rief/en/index.html
Inquiry Department of Energy and Environment
E-mail: saiyou-eneenv-ml*aist.go.jp
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Number of Position 1 position
Entry ID
ENEENV-03
Title Research on development and utilization of energy materials
Details of Job Opportunity
1. To promote reliable and economical “Hydrogen Society”, we are investigating effects of hydrogen on the material properties. Applicants must have experimental research experiences in material science, surface sciences, applied physics, fracture mechanics, or relevant discipline. 2. A researcher who have expertise in materials sciences related to the energy devices, which contribute to widespread use of sustainable energy resources and energy regeneration.

This position will be engaged in research and development on technologies for structural control, analysis and synthesis of novel carbon materials as a key material in energy devices.
Start of Employment April 1, 2018
Research Unit Research Institute of Energy Frontier
URL https://unit.aist.go.jp/rief/en/index.html
Inquiry Department of Energy and Environment
E-mail: saiyou-eneenv-ml*aist.go.jp
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Number of Position 2 positions
Entry ID
ENEENV-04
Title Research and development on chemical energy storage and utilization
Details of Job Opportunity
We offer the job opportunity to conduct a cutting-edge research on hydrogen production, organic synthesis, energy management of heat and electricity, and hydrogen combustion;
(1) One of these positions requires knowledge and experience on hydrogen energy system, water electrolysis, engine combustion, and relevant measurement techniques;
(2) The other position requires excellent expertise in high efficiency ammonia production catalysts;
(3) The last one requires advanced expertise and experimental techniques of electrochemistry, interface science, and catalytic chemistry and/or relevant fields of researches to develop an innovative electrocatalyst and electrolyte membrane for fuel cells.
Start of Employment April 1, 2018
Research Unit Renewable energy research center
Research Institute of Electrochemical Energy
URL http://www.aist.go.jp/fukushima/en/
https://unit.aist.go.jp/riecen/index_en.html
Inquiry Department of Energy and Environment
E-mail: saiyou-eneenv-ml*aist.go.jp
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Number of Position 3 positions (1 for RIECEN, 2 for FREA)
Entry ID
ENEENV-05
Title Research and Development of Advanced battery
Details of Job Opportunity
Applicants who have excellent expertise in computational science, electrochemistry, and/or material sciences for investigation of functional expression of materials, as a key study for R&D activities on innovative battery, are highly invited for the job opportunity. Also, applicants who have experimental skills and potential for researches on chemistry and/or electrochemistry to develop an innovative materials for battery technologies are also welcome to apply.
Start of Employment April 1, 2018
Research Unit Research Institute of Electrochemical Energy
URL https://unit.aist.go.jp/riecen/index_en.html
Inquiry Department of Energy and Environment
E-mail: saiyou-eneenv-ml*aist.go.jp
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Number of Position 2 positions
Entry ID
ENEENV-06
Title R&D on efficient use of thermal energy
Details of Job Opportunity
We recruit a researcher who contributes to R&D activities on energy conservation technologies by efficient use of thermal energy, such as high efficient engine system, emitted gas aftertreatment, and efficient reuse of waste heat. Applicants must have excellent expertise and achievements in the fields of combustion, heat transfer, and/or thermal energy technologies.
Start of Employment April 1, 2018
Research Unit Research Institute for Energy Conservation
URL https://unit.aist.go.jp/ieco/en/index.html
Inquiry Department of Energy and Environment
E-mail: saiyou-eneenv-ml*aist.go.jp
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Number of Position 1 position
Entry ID
ENEENV-07
Title R&D on efficient use of electro/chemical energy
Details of Job Opportunity
We recruit a researcher who contributes to R&D activities on energy conservation technologies by efficient electrochemical energy conversion and transportation technologies, such as Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (SOFC), clean energy devices, and/or superconductor. Applicants must have excellent expertise and achievements in the fields of electrochemistry, energy materials and high efficient energy conversion, and/or transportation technologies.
Start of Employment April 1, 2018
Research Unit Research Institute for Energy Conservation
URL https://unit.aist.go.jp/ieco/en/index.html
Inquiry Department of Energy and Environment
E-mail: saiyou-eneenv-ml*aist.go.jp
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Number of Position 1 position
Entry ID
ENEENV-08
Title Research and development of measurement technologies for environmental risk evaluation
Details of Job Opportunity
A researcher, who has advanced expertise, experimental skills, and excellent academic achievements on chemistry, biology, environmental sciences, pharmacy, and/or information sciences to develop measurement technologies or analysis technologies of environmental dynamics for evaluations of exposure of harmful substances or their biological responses in water environment.
Start of Employment April 1, 2018
Research Unit Environmental Management Research Institute
URL https://unit.aist.go.jp/emri/index_en.html
Inquiry Department of Energy and Environment
E-mail: saiyou-eneenv-ml*aist.go.jp
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Number of Position 1 position
Entry ID
ENEENV-09
Title Research and development on environmental restoration technology based on biological functions
Details of Job Opportunity
A researcher, who contributes to the development of biochemical technologies for advanced water treatments and soil remediation. Also, those who has advanced expertise, experimental skill, and excellent academic achievements on environmental biology, applied biology, molecular biology, chemical engineering, civil engineering, and/or process engineering.
Start of Employment April 1, 2018
Research Unit Environmental Management Research Institute
URL https://unit.aist.go.jp/emri/index_en.html
Inquiry Department of Energy and Environment
E-mail: saiyou-eneenv-ml*aist.go.jp
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Number of Position 1 position
Entry ID
ENEENV-10
Title Separation and recovery technology of metals
Details of Job Opportunity
We are inviting a motivated researcher to develop technologies for separating and recovering valuable metals or removing harmful substances from man-made resources, which are represented by urban mines, or natural resources. Applicants must have advanced expertise in separation technologies, extractive metallurgy, electrochemistry, environmental engineering, system engineering, reaction engineering, and/or computational science, with outstanding academic achievements.
Start of Employment April 1, 2018
Research Unit Environmental Management Research Institute
URL https://unit.aist.go.jp/emri/index_en.html
Inquiry Department of Energy and Environment
E-mail: saiyou-eneenv-ml*aist.go.jp
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Number of Position 1
Entry ID
ENEENV-11
Title Research and development on physical risk assessment
Details of Job Opportunity
We are seeking a researcher who evaluates explosion phenomena and influences of combustion and explosion of flammable gases, for example, energetic materials and hydrogen, on the human body and structures. Applicants are requested to develop methods that estimate the impacts of combustion and explosion on the environment and society for practical applications of these gases and materials in the society. Applicants must have experiences and expertise in safety sciences, combustion and explosion sciences, shockwave engineering, fluid engineering, and/or process and reaction engineering.
Start of Employment October 1, 2017, or April 1, 2018
Research Unit Research Institute of Science for Safety and Sustainability (RISS)
URL https://en.aist-riss.jp/
Inquiry Department of Energy and Environment
E-mail: saiyou-eneenv-ml*aist.go.jp
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Number of Position 1 position
Entry ID
ENEENV-12
Title Research and development on risk assessment technologies for industrial innovation
Details of Job Opportunity
We are seeking a research personnel to conduct research and development on risk assessment and environmental management for sustaining industrial and global-scale innovation. Applicants must have experiences and expertise in environmental sciences, chemistry, computational sciences, biology, ecology, toxicology, energy, life-cycle assessment, and/or social sciences.
Start of Employment October 1, 2017, or April 1, 2018
Research Unit Research Institute of Science for Safety and Sustainability (RISS)
URL https://en.aist-riss.jp/
Inquiry Department of Energy and Environment
E-mail: saiyou-eneenv-ml*aist.go.jp
(Replace "*" to "@" for sending email)
Number of Position 1 position
Entry ID
ENEENV-13
Title Research and development of advanced high efficiency multijunction solar cells
Details of Job Opportunity
We are recruiting a researcher who has excellent expertise in development of low-cost and high-performance multijunction solar cells including low concentrator photovoltaic technologies.
Start of Employment April 1, 2018
Research Unit Research Center for Photovoltaics
URL https://unit.aist.go.jp/rcpv/cie/index.html
Inquiry Department of Energy and Environment
E-mail: saiyou-eneenv-ml*aist.go.jp
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Number of Position 1 position
Entry ID
ENEENV-14
Title Research and development for next-generation solar cells
Details of Job Opportunity
We are recruiting a researcher who has expertise in semiconductor devices and/or semiconductor process technologies to promote research and development of high-efficient crystalline silicon solar cells.
Start of Employment April 1, 2018
Research Unit Renewable Energy Research Center
URL http://www.aist.go.jp/fukushima/en/
Inquiry Department of Energy and Environment
E-mail: saiyou-eneenv-ml*aist.go.jp
(Replace "*" to "@" for sending email)
Number of Position 1 position
Entry ID
ENEENV-15
Title Research and Development on Assessment Technology for Wind Energy Generation System
Details of Job Opportunity
In the aim of achieving advanced assessment technologies for innovation of wind energy generation, a research scientist who conducts R&D activities on field measurements of wind power sites including offshore is invited for the job opportunity. Applicants who have various measurement techniques, evaluations or monitoring of power performance, noise and loads of wind turbines, and/or CFD/Meteorological simulations are also welcome for application.
Start of Employment April 1, 2018
Research Unit Renewable Energy Research Center
URL http://www.aist.go.jp/fukushima/en/unit/PPT_e.html
Inquiry Department of Energy and Environment
E-mail: saiyou-eneenv-ml*aist.go.jp
(Replace "*" to "@" for sending email)
Number of Position 1 position
Entry ID
ENEENV-16
Title Development hydrogen society system for Massive introduction of renewable energy
Details of Job Opportunity
We are recruiting a researcher who has research potential for conducting research and development on the energy system with hydrogen as an energy storage medium, in order to accelerate mass introduction of renewable energy.
Start of Employment April 1, 2018
Research Unit Renewable Energy Research Center
URL http://www.aist.go.jp/fukushima/en/unit/ENT_e.html
Inquiry Department of Energy and Environment
E-mail: saiyou-eneenv-ml*aist.go.jp
(Replace "*" to "@" for sending email)
Number of Position 1 position
Entry ID
ENEENV-17
Title Research and development on the technology of power system analysis for high penetration renewable energy
Details of Job Opportunity
We offer the job opportunity to conduct advanced researches on energy network, energy management technologies including ICT (Information and Communication Technology) and power electronics based on expertise in power system analysis.
Start of Employment April 1, 2018
Research Unit Renewable Energy Research Center
URL http://www.aist.go.jp/fukushima/en/unit/ENT_e.html
Inquiry Department of Energy and Environment
E-mail: saiyou-eneenv-ml*aist.go.jp
(Replace "*" to "@" for sending email)
Number of Position 1 position
Entry ID
ENEENV-18
Title R&D on advanced power electronics
Details of Job Opportunity
We are recruiting researchers who contribute to R&D activities on innovative wafer/device/module technologies in the field of advanced power electronics based on widegap semiconductors such as SiC. Excellent experiences on process and/or characterization technologies and their integration with deep understanding of novel semiconductor, or physical properties of the semiconductor materials are requested. Applicants must have knowledge and enthusiasm on power electronics devices and applications.
Start of Employment April 1, 2018
Research Unit Advanced Power Electronics Research Center
URL https://unit.aist.go.jp/adperc/cie/
Inquiry Department of Energy and Environment
E-mail: saiyou-eneenv-ml*aist.go.jp
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Number of Position 2 positions

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.

Following is the list of job opportunities which are now open for recruitment. Deadline is May 11, 2017.

Entry ID
ENEENV-19
Title Analyses of production behaviors and modeling on exploitation of methane hydrate resources
Details of Job Opportunity
In order to develop cost-concisous technologies for natural gas production from the off-shore methane hydrate sediment, we are recruiting the researcher who has an advanced knowledge and the experimental and analytical techniques in the field of a geology, reservoir engineering and numerical modeling that analyzes and models the processes in the methane hydrate reservoir.
Employment Term 2 years (Until September 30, 2019)
Research Unit Research Institute of Energy Frontier, Methane Hydrate Production Technology Research Group
URL https://unit.aist.go.jp/rief/mhpu/index.html
Inquiry Department of Energy and Environment
E-mail: saiyou-eneenv-ml*aist.go.jp
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Number of Position 1 position
 

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.

Following is the list of job opportunities which are now open for recruitment. Deadline is May 11, 2017.

Entry ID
ENEENV-20
Title Advanced analysis of fuel spray and combustion for the development of clean and efficient next-generation engines
Details of Job Opportunity
This position is open for candidates who have excellent research experiences on analysis of fuel spray and combustion using advanced optical measurement methods.
Employment Term 5 years (Until March 31, 2023)
Research Unit Research Institute for Energy Conservation, Engine Combustion and Emission Control Group
URL https://unit.aist.go.jp/ieco/en/groups/index.html
Inquiry Department of Energy and Environment
E-mail: saiyou-eneenv-ml*aist.go.jp
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Tel.029-861-3574
Number of Position 1 position
Entry ID
ENEENV-21
Title Risk assessment studies that relate to international standardization
Details of Job Opportunity
We are seeking a researcher who contribute to research and development of risk assessment methods for new chemical substances, or hazard assessment methods for physical hazards to ensure explosives industrial safety. A candidate researcher will also take part in activities of international organizations for standards to create standards documents on which their research findings are to be reflected. Applicants must have sufficient bilingual linguistic competence of English and Japanese to contribute to international standardization activities as well as leading abilities for conducting research and development described above. They must have expertise in technological assessments in the field of environmental sciences, chemistry, medicine and pharmacology, safety engineering, combustion engineering, process-reaction engineering, and/or social sciences. Interdisciplinary viewpoints for conducting the assessment are also welcome.
Employment Term 5 years (Until March 31, 2023)
Research Unit esearch Institute of Science for Safety and Sustainability (RISS)
URL https://en.aist-riss.jp/
Inquiry Department of Energy and Environment
E-mail: saiyou-eneenv-ml*aist.go.jp
(Replace "*" to "@" for sending email)
Number of Position 1 position
Entry ID
ENEENV-22
Title Research and development for next-generation solar cells
Details of Job Opportunity
We are recruiting a researcher who has basic knowledge in semiconductor devices or semiconductor process technologies to promote research and development of high-efficient crystalline silicon solar cells.
Employment Term 5 years (Until March 31, 2023)
Research Unit esearch Institute of Science for Safety and Sustainability (RISS)
URL http://www.aist.go.jp/fukushima/en/unit/PPT_e.html
Inquiry Department of Energy and Environment
E-mail: saiyou-eneenv-ml*aist.go.jp
(Replace "*" to "@" for sending email)
Number of Position 1 position
Entry ID
ENEENV-23
Title Research and development on assessment technology for wind energy generation system
Details of Job Opportunity
In the aim of achieving advanced assessment technologies for innovation of wind energy generation, a research scientist who has extensive experience in R&D activities on field measurements of wind power sites including offshore with plannning and management ability is invited for the job opportunity. Applicants who have various measurement techniques, evaluations or monitoring of power performance, noise and loads of wind turbines, and/or CFD/Meteorological simulations are also welcome for application.
Employment Term 5 years (Until March 31, 2023)
Research Unit Research Institute of Science for Safety and Sustainability (RISS)
URL http://www.aist.go.jp/fukushima/en/unit/WPT_e.html
Inquiry Department of Energy and Environment
E-mail: saiyou-eneenv-ml*aist.go.jp
(Replace "*" to "@" for sending email)
Number of Position 1 position
Entry ID
ENEENV-24
Title Development of hydrogen society system for Massive introduction of renewable energy
Details of Job Opportunity
In order to realize massive introduction of renewable energy, we are recruiting a researcher who has excellent experience in demonstration, experiments, numerical analysis research and development concerning related technologies necessary for hydrogen energy system.
Employment Term 5 years (Until March 31, 2023)
Research Unit Renewable Energy Research Center (Energy Network Team)
URL http://www.aist.go.jp/fukushima/en/unit/ENT_e.html
Inquiry Department of Energy and Environment
E-mail: saiyou-eneenv-ml*aist.go.jp
(Replace "*" to "@" for sending email)
Number of Position 1 position
Entry ID
ENEENV-25
Title Research and development on technology of power system analysis for high penetration renewable energy
Details of Job Opportunity
We offer the job opportunity to conduct advanced researches on energy network, energy management technologies including ICT (Information and Communication Technology) and power electronics by using professional expertise in power system analysis.
Employment Term 5 years (Until March 31, 2023)
Research Unit Renewable Energy Research Center (Energy Network Team)
URL http://www.aist.go.jp/fukushima/en/unit/ENT_e.html
Inquiry Department of Energy and Environment
E-mail: saiyou-eneenv-ml*aist.go.jp
(Replace "*" to "@" for sending email)
Number of Position 1 position
Entry ID
ENEENV-26
Title Combustion technology of energy carrier
Details of Job Opportunity
We are recruiting a researcher who contributes to develop innovative combustion technologies for using energy carrier such as hydrogen or ammonia. Direct injection hydrogen engine, dual fuel engine using hydrogen and conventional fuel, engine using ammonia as a fuel, and relevant technologies.
Employment Term 5 years (Until March 31, 2023)
Research Unit Renewable Energy Research Center (Hydrogen Energy Carrier Team)
URL http://www.aist.go.jp/fukushima/en/unit/HyCaT_e.html
Inquiry Department of Energy and Environment
E-mail: saiyou-eneenv-ml*aist.go.jp
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Number of Position 1 position
Entry ID
ENEENV-27
Title R&D on Power Electronics Equipment using widegap semiconductor devices
Details of Job Opportunity
We are recruiting a researcher who contributes to R&D activities on innovative power electronics equipment making the best use of widegap semiconductor devices. Excellent expertise in power electronics, and experiences on design technique of power modules and power electronics circuits are required.
Employment Term 5 years (Until March 31, 2023)
Research Unit Advanced Power Electronics Research Center
URL https://unit.aist.go.jp/adperc/cie/
Inquiry Department of Energy and Environment
E-mail: saiyou-eneenv-ml*aist.go.jp
(Replace "*" to "@" for sending email)
Number of Position 1 position

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