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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, 2018.【CLOSE】

Entry ID
ENEENV-1
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 technology (energy/thermal storage and carbon storage) based on the knowledge of clathrate hydrate and ice (H2O science), we recruit highly-motivated researchers, who studied crystal physics, physical chemistry, reservoir engineering, resource engineering, material engineering, computational chemistry, and so on, with basic knowledge about development and utilization of energy resources.
Start of Employment April 1st, 2019
Research Unit Research Institute of Energy Frontier
URL https://unit.aist.go.jp/rief/en/
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-2
Title Research on development and utilization of unused energy resources
Details of Job Opportunity
We recruit highly-motivated researchers to promote our research and development on the effective use of the untapped energy resources, and the new highly effective energy systems by the combination of the chemical energy storage media such as hydrogen, energy carrier, methane and methanol, and the storage/transport technologies such as electrical storage devices. The candidates are expected to be researches based on following research fields. 1. Process engineering, reaction engineering, catalyst, material science, mechanical engineering, social science, with basic knowledge about development and utilization of energy resources, or evaluation and analysis of energy system. 2. Material science, surface science, applied physics, chemical physics, or a related discipline to promote a bland new physical properties of materials by investigating relation between hydrogen and materials. 3. Engaging in research and development on the technologies for structural control, analysis and synthesis of novel carbon materials as a key material in energy devices.
Start of Employment April 1st, 2019
Research Unit Research Institute of Energy Frontier
URL https://unit.aist.go.jp/rief/en/
Inquiry Department of Energy and Environment
e-mail: saiyou-eneenv-ml*aist.go.jp
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Number of Position 2
Entry ID
ENEENV-3
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 catalyst. (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 electro catalyst and electrolyte membrane for fuel cells.
Start of Employment April 1st, 2019
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/
Inquiry Department of Energy and Environment
e-mail: saiyou-eneenv-ml*aist.go.jp
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Number of Position 3 (1 for RIECEN, 2 for RENRC)
Entry ID
ENEENV-4
Title Research and Development of New Generation Battery
Details of Job Opportunity
Applicants are expected to work on new technology development for new concept battery like Lithium air battery and multi valence ion battery. Applicants who are interested in electrochemistry or material science as application of the battery research energy technologies, are encouraged to apply.
Start of Employment April 1st, 2019
Research Unit Research Institute of Electrochemical Energy
URL https://unit.aist.go.jp/riecen/
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-5
Title Research and Development of Advanced battery
Details of Job Opportunity
Applicants are expected to work on next generation battery development by mechanistic analysis on the functions of battery materials and design of new battery materials. Applicants who have motivation for innovative battery development and have experimental skill of chemistry, electrochemistry or computational science, material chemistry are encouraged to apply.
Start of Employment April 1st, 2019
Research Unit Research Institute of Electrochemical Energy
URL https://unit.aist.go.jp/riecen/
Inquiry Department of Energy and Environment
e-mail: saiyou-eneenv-ml*aist.go.jp
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Number of Position 2
Entry ID
ENEENV-6
Title R&D on efficient use of thermal energy
Details of Job Opportunity
We recruit aggressive researcher who can contribute to the R&D on energy conservation technology by efficient use of thermal energy, such as high efficient gas turbine or engine system, emitted gas aftertreatment technology and efficient use of waste heat. We hope that applicant should have a deep knowledge and good achievements on combustion, heat transfer and thermal energy technology including laser diagnostics and CFD.
Start of Employment April 1st, 2019
Research Unit Research Institute for Energy Conservation
URL https://unit.aist.go.jp/ieco/en/
Inquiry Department of Energy and Environment
e-mail: saiyou-eneenv-ml*aist.go.jp
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Number of Position 2
Entry ID
ENEENV-7
Title R&D on efficient use of electro/chemical energy
Details of Job Opportunity
We recruit an aggressive researcher who has a deep knowledge and good achievements on electrochemistry, energy materials and high efficient energy conversion and transportation technologies for the R&D on energy conservation technology by efficient electro/chemical energy conversion and transportation technologies, such as clean energy device, Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (SOFC), superconductor.
Start of Employment April 1st, 2019
Research Unit Research Institute for Energy Conservation
URL https://unit.aist.go.jp/ieco/en/
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-8
Title Research and development on environmental restoration technologies based on biological functions and on measurement technologies for environmental risk evaluation
Details of Job Opportunity
The research will focus either on (i) biotechnologies for advanced water treatments and soil remediation or (ii) measurement technologies or analysis technologies of environmental dynamics for evaluations of exposure of harmful substances or their biological responses in water environment. We are inviting motivated researchers who have advanced expertise, experimental skill, and excellent academic achievements on environmental biology, applied biology, molecular biology, chemical engineering, civil engineering, process engineering, chemistry, agriculture, environmental sciences, pharmacy, and/or information sciences.
Start of Employment April 1st, 2019
Research Unit Environmental Management Research Institute
URL https://unit.aist.go.jp/emri/
Inquiry Department of Energy and Environment
e-mail: saiyou-eneenv-ml*aist.go.jp
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Number of Position 2
Entry ID
ENEENV-9
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 1st, 2019
Research Unit Environmental Management Research Institute
URL https://unit.aist.go.jp/emri/
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-10
Title Research and development on risk assessment technologies for industrial innovations
Details of Job Opportunity
The research and development for risk assessment and environmental management on industrial and global scale innovation for new chemical substance and new energy are conducted. So we are seeking research persons to conduct development on risk assessment and environmental management on the new energy introduction or energy system for hydrogen etc. Applicants must have experience and expertise in economy, environmental science, chemistry, computational science, biology, ecology, toxicology, energy, LCA, or social science.
Start of Employment April 1st, 2019
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 2
Entry ID
ENEENV-11
Title Research and development on safety risk assessment
Details of Job Opportunity
We are seeking a researcher who can evaluate the explosion phenomenon and the influences of combustion and explosion of the flammable gas such as energetic materials and hydrogen on the human body and structures. The researcher is also required to develop the methods that estimate impacts on the environment and society for the social introduction of these gases and materials. Applicants must have experience and expertise in either safety science, combustion and explosion science, impact and shockwave engineering, fluid engineering, or resource engineering.
Start of Employment April 1st, 2019
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
Entry ID
ENEENV-12
Title Optimizing the performance of PV systems
Details of Job Opportunity
We offer the job opportunity to conduct advanced integration study of high flexibility photovoltaic systems based on expertise in power system technologies, energy market research, and system control technologies.
Start of Employment April 1st, 2019
Research Unit Research Center of Photovoltaics
URL https://unit.aist.go.jp/rcpv/cie/r_teams/ePVSAT/
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-13
Title Research and development of innovative solar energy conversion system
Details of Job Opportunity
We are recruiting researchers who have expertise in photo-electrochemistry and artificial photosynthesis for solar energy conversion into chemical energy. This position will engage in research and development of new photo-electrochemical process to produce hydrogen and high-value-added chemicals such as hydrogen peroxide from water using solar light.
Start of Employment April 1st, 2019
Research Unit Research Center for Photovoltaics
URL https://unit.aist.go.jp/rcpv/cie/r_teams/eAFMT/
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-14
Title Research and development of high efficiency compounds semiconductor solar cell technologies
Details of Job Opportunity
We develop the technologies for high efficiency solar cells. We require a specialist of compound semiconductor device technologies, energy device technologies, energy technologies and process technologies..
Start of Employment April 1st, 2019
Research Unit Research Center for Photovoltaics
Renewable Energy Research Center
URL https://unit.aist.go.jp/rcpv/ci/r_teams/CSTFT/index.html
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
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Number of Position 2
Entry ID
ENEENV-15
Title Research and development on the technology for high penetration renewable energy
Details of Job Opportunity
We offer the job opportunity to conduct advanced researches on 1)the energy network, energy management technologies including ICT (Information and Communication Technology) and power electronics based on expertise in power system analysis, 2) the energy system with hydrogen as an energy storage medium and heat utilization, 3)the advanced assessment technologies for innovation of wind energy generation, the field measurements of wind power sites including offshore.
Start of Employment April 1st, 2019
Research Unit Renewable Energy research center H2 and Heat Utilization System Team
URL http://www.aist.go.jp/fukushima/en/unit/SGHT_e.html
Inquiry Department of Energy and Environment
e-mail: saiyou-eneenv-ml*aist.go.jp
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Number of Position 3
Entry ID
ENEENV-16
Title R&D on advanced power electronics
Details of Job Opportunity
Recruiting researchers who can contribute to R&D on innovative wafer/device/module technology in the field of advanced power electronics based on widegap semiconductors. Skill or experience of various process/characterization technology and their integration with deep understanding of novel semiconductor/related material properties as well as knowledge and enthusiasm on power electronics application are requested.
Start of Employment April 1st, 2019
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
 

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, 2018.【CLOSE】

Entry ID
ENEENV-17
Title Energy risk assessment studies for continuance development
Details of Job Opportunity
We are seeking a research personnel to conduct research and development on energy risk assessment. Applicants must have experience and expertise in ecomomy, environmental science, chemistry, computational science, biology, ecology, toxicology, energy, LCA, or social science.
Employment Term 5 years (Until March 31st, 2024)
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
Entry ID
ENEENV-18
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 31st, 2024)
Research Unit Renewable Energy Research Center
URL http://www.aist.go.jp/fukushima/ja/unit/WPT.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-19
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, 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 31st, 2024)
Research Unit Renewable Energy Research Center, Wind Power Team
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
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Number of Position 1
Entry ID
ENEENV-20
Title Development hydrogen and heat system system for Massive introduction of renewable energy
Details of Job Opportunity
We are recruiting a researcher who has experience of hydrogen productionand, transportation and utilization in order to accelerate mass introduction of renewable energy corabolated with related company.
Employment Term 5 years (Until March 31st, 2024)
Research Unit Renewable Energy research center H2 and Heat Utilization System 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
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Number of Position 1
Entry ID
ENEENV-21
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 by using professional expertise in power system analysis.
Employment Term 5 years (Until March 31st, 2024)
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
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Number of Position 1
Entry ID
ENEENV-22
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 31st, 2024)
Research Unit Renewable energy research center
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
Entry ID
ENEENV-23
Title R&D on Widegap Semiconductor Novel Power Device Technology
Details of Job Opportunity
Recruiting researchers who can contribute to R&D on widegap semiconductor novel power device technology based on practival application overview. Skill and managing experience on semiconductor power device design/fabrication at practical level, as well as wide knowledge on semiconductor device are required. Strong enthusiasm of the technology transfer to industry is also important.
Employment Term 5 years (Until March 31st, 2024)
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 1
Entry ID
ENEENV-24
Title R&D on Power Electronics Equipment using widegap semiconductor devices
Details of Job Opportunity
Recruiting researchers who can contribute to R&D on innovative power electronics equipment making the best use of widegap semiconductor devices. Skill and experience of R&D on power electronics equipment, as well as wide knowledge on design technique of power modules and power electronics circuits are required.
Employment Term 5 years (Until March 31st, 2024)
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

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