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Energy and Environment

To promote green innovation, 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 storage of energy (energy storage), highly efficient conversion and use of energy (energy saving), effective utilization of energy resources, and evaluation and reduction of environmental risks.
 
 

Type A (Tenure-track position)/Type B (Tenured position)

The below-listed job opportunities are for both Type A (normally for 5 years) and Type B - which type of position applies will be determined following the selection process. The term for tenure track position may be shortened, e.g. 3 years or 4 years, commensurate with the candidate's previous achievements and professional experience. Researchers on tenure track are entitled to undergo a tenure rewiew one and a half years before the term ends. 
 
Job Opportunities for the 2nd round of Open Recruitment 2021 - Closed at 12:00 *at noon on 12 October 2021 (JST)
 
Entry ID
ENEENV-1
Title Research and Development of Innovative Energy Conversion Devices
Details of Job Opportunity
We are developing innovative technologies for achieving high-performance energy conversion devices that can significantly reduce CO2 emissions, such as solar cells, thermoelectric devices, and electrolysis cells, in collaboration not only with domestic and private companies but also with overseas research institutes.
We recruit researchers who can actively engage in theoretical modeling of energy conversion devices, development of high-efficiency devices and improvement in their durability, and elucidating the mechanisms governing function and degradation behavior using advanced characterization/analytical technologies.
Start of Employment April 1st, 2022
Research Unit Global Zero Emission Research Center (AIST Tsukuba)
URL https://www.gzr.aist.go.jp/en/
Inquiry Research Promotion Division of Energy and Environment
E-mail: saiyou-eneenv-ml*aist.go.jp (Replace "*" with "@") 
Number of Position a few positions available
Related Research Areas Engineering /Chemistry / Interdisciplinary science and engineering /Mathematical and physical sciences/
Entry ID
ENEENV-2
Title Research and Development on Advanced Technologies for Wind Power
Details of Job Opportunity
To develop advanced assessment technologies for wind power innovation, we recruit a motivated researcher who can contribute to R&D activities on field measurements of wind power sites including offshore.
Applicants are expected to have skills of various measurements, evaluations or monitoring of power performance, noise and loads of wind turbines, and/or CFD/Meteorological simulations.
Start of Employment April 1st, 2022
Research Unit Renewable Energy Research Center (FREA)
URL https://www.aist.go.jp/fukushima/en/unit/WPT_e.html
Inquiry Research Promotion Division of Energy and Environment
E-mail: saiyou-eneenv-ml*aist.go.jp (Replace "*" with "@")
Number of Position 1
Related Research Areas Engineering /Interdisciplinary science and engineering / Mathematical and physical sciences /Environmental science/Complex systems
Entry ID
ENEENV-3
Title Research and Development on Energy Management Technologies
Details of Job Opportunity
We recruit a motivated researcher who can contribute to the following research subjects.
(1) R&D of energy network, DER (Distributed Energy Resources) integration technologies and power electronics by using professional expertise in power system analysis or related technologies.
(2) R&D on energy systems that include variable renewable energy, hydrogen energy and/or batteries, as well as grid simulation and demonstration research.
Start of Employment April 1st, 2022
Research Unit Renewable Energy Research Center (FREA)
URL 1) https://www.aist.go.jp/fukushima/en/unit/ENT_e.html
2) https://www.aist.go.jp/fukushima/en/unit/HHUS_e.html
Inquiry Research Promotion Division of Energy and Environment
E-mail: saiyou-eneenv-ml*aist.go.jp (Replace "*" with "@")
Number of Position 1
Related Research Areas Engineering /Interdisciplinary science and engineering /
Entry ID
ENEENV-4
Title Research and Development on the Technologies for Photovoltaic Systems
Details of Job Opportunity
We recruit a motivated researcher who can contribute to the following research subjects.
(1) R&D of photovoltaic system technologies based on safety technologies, system performance evaluation, and output forecasting and system control technologies.
(2) R&D of precise performance characterization technologies for novel PV devices (cells and modules) and dissemination of the developed technologies through standardization activities.
Start of Employment April 1st, 2022
Research Unit Renewable Energy Research Center (AIST Tsukuba, FREA)
URL 1) https://www.aist.go.jp/fukushima/en/unit/pvsysat_e.html
2) https://www.aist.go.jp/fukushima/en/unit/pvcsmt_e.html
Inquiry Research Promotion Division of Energy and Environment
E-mail: saiyou-eneenv-ml*aist.go.jp (Replace "*" with "@")
Number of Position 1
Related Research Areas Engineering /Interdisciplinary science and engineering
Entry ID
ENEENV-5
Title Research and Development on Chemical Energy Storage and Utilization
Details of Job Opportunity
We recruit a motivated researcher who can contribute to the research subjects regarding hydrogen production, organic synthesis, energy management of heat and electricity, and hydrogen combustion.
Applicants are expected to have knowledge of hydrogen energy systems, water electrolysis, engine combustion and related measurement techniques, and/or high-efficiency ammonia production catalyst.
Start of Employment April 1st, 2022
Research Unit Renewable Energy Research Center (FREA)
URL https://www.aist.go.jp/fukushima/en/unit/HyCaT_e.html
Inquiry Research Promotion Division of Energy and Environment
E-mail: saiyou-eneenv-ml*aist.go.jp (Replace "*" with "@")
Number of Position 1
Related Research Areas Engineering /Interdisciplinary science and engineering
Entry ID
ENEENV-6
Title Research and Development on Efficient Usage of Electro/chemical Energy
Details of Job Opportunity
We recruit a motivated researcher who can contribute to the R&D on energy conservation technology by efficient electro/chemical energy conversion and transportation technologies, such as clean energy devices, thermoelectrics, superconductors.
Applicants are expected to have deep knowledge in electrochemistry, energy materials, highly efficient energy conversion and transportation technologies.
Start of Employment April 1st, 2022
Research Unit Research Institute for Energy Conservation (AIST Tsukuba)
URL https://unit.aist.go.jp/ieco/en/index.html
Inquiry Research Promotion Division of Energy and Environment
E-mail: saiyou-eneenv-ml*aist.go.jp (Replace "*" with "@")
Number of Position 1
Related Research Areas Engineering /Chemistry / Interdisciplinary science and engineering /Mathematical and physical sciences
Entry ID
ENEENV-7
Title Research on the Acceleration of Commercialization of Methane Hydrate Resources and Gas Hydrate Utilization
Details of Job Opportunity
For the acceleration of commercialization of methane hydrate resources, we are conducting research on (1) hydrate-bearing core analysis and hydrate decomposition characteristic analysis for reservoir engineering, (2) the gas hydrate utilization for carbon capture and sequestration, and (3) strengthening ground stability using carbon dioxide hydrate.
We recruit a motivated researcher having advanced knowledge of chemical engineering, resource engineering, etc.
Start of Employment April 1st, 2022
Research Unit Energy Process Research Institute (AIST Hokkaido)
URL https://unit.aist.go.jp/epri/mhpu/index.html
Inquiry Research Promotion Division of Energy and Environment
E-mail: saiyou-eneenv-ml*aist.go.jp (Replace "*" with "@")
Number of Position 1
Related Research Areas Interdisciplinary science and engineering /Chemistry / Engineering /Complex systems/Environmental science
Entry ID
ENEENV-8
Title Research and Development on Secondary Batteries or Polymer Electrolyte Fuel Cells and Water Electrolyzers related technologies
Details of Job Opportunity
We recruit motivated researchers who contribute to R&D on advanced secondary batteries or polymer electrolyte fuel cells and water electrolyzers-related technologies.
For promoting the development of constituent materials and devices or analysis technologies, applicants are expected to have advanced knowledge and research ability in the field of electrochemistry, inorganic/organic material chemistry, solid chemistry, catalyst chemistry, polymer chemistry, material science, interfacial science, or applied physics, etc.
Start of Employment April 1st, 2022
Research Unit Research Institute of Electrochemical Energy (AIST Kansai)
URL https://unit.aist.go.jp/riecen/
Inquiry Research Promotion Division of Energy and Environment
E-mail: saiyou-eneenv-ml*aist.go.jp (Replace "*" with "@")
Number of Position 2
Related Research Areas Chemistry /Engineering / Interdisciplinary science and engineering /Mathematical and physical sciences/Complex systems
Entry ID
ENEENV-9
Title Research on Construction of Innovative Environmental Technologies
Details of Job Opportunity
We recruit a motivated researcher to develop innovative environmental technologies for environmental purification, assessment, and/or monitoring to create sustainable environments.
Applicants are expected to have advanced expertise in environmental science, chemical engineering, analytical chemistry, and/or geochemistry, etc.
Start of Employment April 1st, 2022
Research Unit Environmental Management Research Institute (AIST Tsukuba)
URL https://unit.aist.go.jp/env-mri/
Inquiry Research Promotion Division of Energy and Environment
E-mail: saiyou-eneenv-ml*aist.go.jp (Replace "*" with "@")
Number of Position a few positions available
Related Research Areas Environmental science /Chemistry / Engineering /Mathematical and physical sciences/Complex systems
Entry ID
ENEENV-10
Title Research on Risk Assessment Supporting a Safe and Sustainable Society
Details of Job Opportunity
We recruit researchers who can contribute to the following risk assessment technologies:
(1) developing data measurement methods for explosion safety and simulating full-scale explosion impact assessment,
(2) estimating hazards and exposures of various chemical substances, and/or
(3) developing methodologies for risk and life cycle assessment for sustainability.
Applicants are expected to have knowledge in either environmental science, biology, chemistry, civil engineering/architecture/resources engineering, computational science, process engineering, life cycle engineering, social science, or other related areas.
Start of Employment April 1st, 2022
Research Unit Research Institute of Science for Safety and Sustainability (AIST Tsukuba)
URL https://en.aist-riss.jp
Inquiry Research Promotion Division of Energy and Environment
E-mail: saiyou-eneenv-ml*aist.go.jp (Replace "*" with "@")
Number of Position a few positions available
Related Research Areas Social sciences /Chemistry / Interdisciplinary science and engineering /Engineering/Environmental science
Entry ID
ENEENV-11
Title Research and Development on Fabrication and Standardization of Power Semiconductors and Devices
Details of Job Opportunity
We recruit researchers who can contribute to R&D on innovative technologies in the field of advanced power electronics based on widegap semiconductors.
Applicants are expected to have the skills or experiences of crystal growth/wafer fabrication technologies, power device fabrication, and international standardization as well as the knowledge and enthusiasm on power electronics applications for the purpose of realizing carbon neutrality.
Start of Employment April 1st, 2022
Research Unit Advanced Power Electronics Research Center (AIST Tsukuba or AIST Kansai)
URL https://unit.aist.go.jp/adperc/ci/
Inquiry Research Promotion Division of Energy and Environment
E-mail: saiyou-eneenv-ml*aist.go.jp (Replace "*" with "@")
Number of Position a few positions available
Related Research Areas Engineering /Interdisciplinary science and engineering / Mathematical and physical sciences /Complex systems/Chemistry
Entry ID
ENEENV-12
Title Research and Development on Power Module and Power Circuit Technologies
Details of Job Opportunity
We recruit a researcher who can contribute to R&D on innovative technologies in the field of advanced power electronics using the advantages of widegap power devices.
Applicants are expected to have the skills or experiences of power module and power circuit technologies as well as the knowledge and enthusiasm on power electronics applications for the purpose of realizing carbon neutrality.
Start of Employment April 1st, 2022
Research Unit Advanced Power Electronics Research Center (AIST Tsukuba or AIST Kansai)
URL https://unit.aist.go.jp/adperc/ci/
Inquiry Research Promotion Division of Energy and Environment
E-mail: saiyou-eneenv-ml*aist.go.jp (Replace "*" with "@")
Number of Position 1
Related Research Areas Engineering /Interdisciplinary science and engineering / Mathematical and physical sciences /Complex systems/Chemistry
 
 

Type C (Specially Appointed Position) 

Type C is a specially appointed position to undertake externally funded research projects, e.g. NEDO, JST or private companies. The job holders are required to work exclusively on the project sponsored by the funding institution.   A tenure examination does not apply to this position.
 
Job Opportunities for the 2nd round of Open Recruitment 2021 - Closed at 12:00 *at noon on 12 October 2021 (JST)
 
Entry ID
ENEENV-13
Title Development of Technologies and Human Resources in Advanced Operation and Maintenance Technologies of Wind Turbine Generation Systems
Details of Job Opportunity
We recruit a researcher with the following skill and motivation.
(1) Expertise in fluid and mechanical engineering and research exchange experience with overseas researchers,
(2) Technology development on innovative wind turbine operation and maintenance technologies using AIST's wind turbines and wind tunnel facility,
(3) Development of engineers who can solve problems in the actual wind turbine site.
Start of Employment April 1st, 2022
End of Employment March 31st, 2026
Research Unit Renewable Energy Research Center (FREA)
URL https://www.aist.go.jp/fukushima/en/unit/WPT_e.html
Inquiry Research Promotion Division of Energy and Environment
E-mail: saiyou-eneenv-ml*aist.go.jp (Please replace "*" with "@")
Number of Position 1
Related Research Areas Engineering / Interdisciplinary science and engineering/ Mathematical and physical sciences/ Environmental science/ Complex systems
Entry ID
ENEENV-14
Title Establishment of Fundamental Evaluation Procedure for Water Electrolysation in Renewable Energy System
Details of Job Opportunity
We recruit researchers who contribute to establishment of fundamental evaluation procedure for water electrolysation in renewable energy system.  Applicant are expected to have deep knowledge and expertise in system development and work on the following tasks.
(1) Making basic designs of experimental systems and evaluation procedures,
(2) Conducting execution management for establishing experimental systems,
(3) Contributing to global standardization for evaluation procedure of water electrolysation using renewable energy,
(4) Organizing an advisory committee (tentative) discussing appropriate evaluation procedures for water electrolyzer.
Start of Employment April 1st, 2022
End of Employment March 31st, 2024 (May be extended until March 31st, 2026 if the project is extended)
Research Unit Renewable Energy Research Center (FREA)
URL https://www.aist.go.jp/fukushima/en/unit/HHUS_e.html
https://www.aist.go.jp/fukushima/en/unit/HyCaT_e.html
Inquiry Research Promotion Division of Energy and Environment
E-mail: saiyou-eneenv-ml*aist.go.jp (Please replace "*" with "@")
Number of Position 1-2
Related Research Areas Engineering / Complex systems
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