Job Opportunities

■ Positions Available

AIST welcomes an application for Open Recruitment for Research Scientists from worldwide.

The National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) is one of the largest public research institutions in Japan, with over 2,300 researchers and 650 administrative staff. Aiming to address issues that the world faces in our time, AIST promotes fundamental R&D activities and reinforces various functions of “Bridge-building” by collaborating with academic and industrial partners across the world. In pursuit of excellence in science and innovation, our research is conducted on wide-range fields from leading edge technologies to fundamental research underpinning intellectual infrastructure such as geological survey, metrology, and measurement standards.

AIST is seeking to recruit talented researchers who have high levels of specialties, research performance, and intelligence, together with positive mindsets for R&D collaboration with industries and academia.


The First Round for 2018 AIST Open Recruitment  NEW

 17:00 May 11, 2018 (Japan Standard Time)

 Types of Position
   Type A, Type B, Type C and Type D

 If you wish to apply, please move on to application procedure.

Research Scientist Positions for Cooperative Research Laboratory, NEDO.


   At any time

 Types of Position
 Type C

 If you wish to apply, please move on to application procedure.

■ Types of Position and Compensation

Type A (Tenure-Track Position) / Type B (Tenured Position)

  • Type A is a research scientist position on tenure track contract of 5 years (the period of term may be shortened to 4 or 3 years, commensurate with a candidate's career) while Type B is a tenured position normally offered to candidates who have higher achievements and proven management skills. Which position to be offered will be determined in the course of the selection process. A doctroral degree is required at the time of application/hire, or applicants with equivalent proven skills are also welcome. 
  • A tenure-track research scientist is entitled to receive a "tenure review" that will be carried out about 18 months before the tenure expires. S/he will be reviewed over her/his performance and contributions to AIST missions, and performance in her/his term. In the last 5 years, more than 90% of tenure-track research scientists have been qualified.
  • Monthly base salary will be commensurate with candidates' academic carrier and professional experiences, ranging from JPY 273,500 (before tax). Work responsibility allowance, overtime allownce, commuting allowance, housing allowance and familiy allowance will be also paid. Annual salary paid to a researcher aged 28 joining AIST after Ph.D. is estimated to be JPY 5,000,000 including bonus (before tax).    

Type C (Specially Appointed Position)

  • Type C is a specially appointed position to undertake externally funded research project, e.g. NEDO, JST, or private companies. Tenure is generally 2-5 years, and this job opportunity is not tenure-track.
  • Applicants should basically possess, or be scheduled to earn, a doctoral degree before the start date of employment. Applicants with outstanding research carrier and achievement are also welcome for application.
  • Exclusive working duty is imposed on successful applicants, since the job opportunities are sponsored by funding institutions. Several restrictions on research activities may be imposed.
  • Pay scheme differs from one project to another: monthly salary scheme or annual salary system. Monthly base salary will be determined commensurate with a candidate's academic carrier and professional experiences, ranging from JPY 300,500 (before tax). Annual salary of JPY 6,000,000 including bonus estimated for a researcher aged 28 joining AIST after Ph.D.
  • Some projects offer higher pay under annual salary system. Please see Type D below and each project advertisement for details of it. 

Type D (Non Tenure-Track Position at a Higher Pay)

  • Type D is a research scientist position designed to appoint a higly qualified research scientist at a higher pay level under annual salary system for bringing leadership and management to our prioritized R&D projects.
  • Annual salary rate will be determined in consideration of candidates' professional carrieer and the like. A researcher aged 28 joning AIST after Ph.D. will be appointed at the lowest pay point estimated to be JPY 6,800,000 (including work responsibility allowance; before tax) on an annual basis. 
  • The term will be up to 5 years on non tenure-track contract. Reappointment is possible for one more term.
  • Applicants should have a Ph. D. degree, or equivalent significant experiences in the R&D subjects.

■ 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 panel, for more details. We urge you to apply to the First Round of 2018 Open Recruitment to expand your job opportunities.

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