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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)

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. Research staff on tenure track are entitle to undergo a tenure rewiew one and a half years before the term ends.  

Job Opportunities for the 1st round of Open Recruitment 2020 - Closed at 17:00 on 11 May 2020 (JST)
Entry ID
ENEENV-1
Title Research and Development on Innovative Energy Device Technology
Details of Job Opportunity
R & D in the area of innovative energy harvesting devices that convert solar light and unused thermal energy into electricity will be carried out in collaboration with domestic and overseas research institutions and industries. Applicants are expected to be specialized in development of high efficiency perovskite and tandem solar cells and improvement in their durability or development of novel thermoelectric materials, devices, and thermal management, and testing and evaluation.
Start of Employment April 1st, 2021
Research Unit Global Zero Emission Research Center
URL https://unit.aist.go.jp/gzr/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
Related Research Areas Engineering / Chemistry / Interdisciplinary science and engineering / Mathematical and physical sciences
Entry ID
ENEENV-2
Title Research on Production, Storage, and Utilization of Chemical Energy Media such as Hydrogen toward Realization of a Zero Emission Society
Details of Job Opportunity
Toward realization of a zero emission society, in order to maximize Japanese contribution to largely reduce its domestic greenhouse gas emission as well as the total global emission, we recruit highly-motivated researchers to promote research and development on production, storage, and utilization of chemical energy media such as hydrogen, energy carrier, methane, ethanol and valuable chemicals, and also on highly efficient energy systems using them. Applicants are expected to have basic knowledge about energy utilization technology and its development, based on reaction engineering, materials engineering, mechanical engineering, process engineering, catalyst, electrochemistry, artificial photosynthesis, etc.
Start of Employment April 1st, 2021
Research Unit Global Zero Emission Research Center
URL https://unit.aist.go.jp/gzr/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
Related Research Areas Engineering / Chemistry / Interdisciplinary science and engineering / Complex systems
Entry ID
ENEENV-3
Title Research on Technology Impact Assessment towards Zero Emission Society
Details of Job Opportunity
Towards the realization of zero emission, the researches will be carried out to develop new methods to assess the social/economic impact of carbon reducing technologies (i.g. technologies related to energy production/storage/reduction, carbon recycling, mobility, circular economy, etc.) To collaborate with both Japanese and overseas research institutes and industries on this research topics, applicants are expected to have advanced knowledge and research outcomes in either environmental science, chemical engineering, resource engineering, computational science, process engineering, life cycle engineering, economics, social science and other related areas.
Start of Employment April 1st, 2021
Research Unit Global Zero Emission Research Center
URL https://unit.aist.go.jp/gzr/en/
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 Environmental science / Engineering / Chemistry / Social sciences / and Complex systems
Entry ID
ENEENV-4
Title Research and Development on Chemical Energy Storage and Utilization
Details of Job Opportunity
We offer the opportunityies 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 related measurement techniques. 2) Another position requires deep knowledge of high efficiency ammonia production catalyst.
Start of Employment April 1st, 2021
Research Unit Renewable Energy Research Center
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 2
Related Research Areas Engineering / Interdisciplinary science and engineering
Entry ID
ENEENV-5
Title Research and Development on the Technology for High Penetration Renewable Energy
Details of Job Opportunity
We offer the job opportunities to conduct any one of advanced researches mentioned below. 1) Energy network, DER(Distributed Energy Resources) integration technologies and power electronics by using professional expertise in power system analysis or related technologies. 2)Research and development and demonstration of innovative energy systems and related technologies such as high-efficiency renewable electrolysis, hydrogen purification / compression, hydrogen storage, various FCs, solar heat / heat storage, etc. 3) R&D activities on field measurements of wind power sites including offshore to advance assessment technologies for innovation of wind energy generation. Applicants are expected to have various measurement techniques, evaluations or monitoring of power performance, noise and loads of wind turbines, and/or CFD/Meteorological simulations. 4) Photovoltaic system technologies based on expertise in safety technologies, evaluation of system performance, and output forecasting and system control technologies.
Start of Employment April 1st, 2021
Research Unit Renewable Energy Research Center
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
3) https://www.aist.go.jp/fukushima/en/unit/WPT_e.html
4) https://www.aist.go.jp/fukushima/en/unit/index.html
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 Engineering / Interdisciplinary science and engineering / Mathematical and physical sciences / Environmental science / and Complex systems
Entry ID
ENEENV-6
Title Research and Development on Efficient Use of Thermal Energy
Details of Job Opportunity
We recruit a motivated researcher who can contribute to the R&D on energy conservation technology by efficient use of thermal energy, such as high efficient engine or turbine system, emitted gas aftertreatment technology, heat and fluid flow control and efficient use of waste heat. Applicant is expected to have a deep knowledge and good achievements on combustion, heat transfer and thermal energy technology such as heat and fluid flow measurement and computational fluid dynamics.
Start of Employment April 1st, 2021
Research Unit Research Institute for Energy Conservation
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 / Interdisciplinary science and engineering / Mathematical and physical sciences
Entry ID
ENEENV-7
Title Research and Development on Efficient Use 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 device, Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (SOFC), superconductor. Applicant is expected to have a deep knowledge and good achievements on electrochemistry, energy materials and highly efficient energy conversion and transportation technologies.
Start of Employment April 1st, 2021
Research Unit Research Institute for Energy Conservation
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 / Interdisciplinary science and engineering / Chemistry / Mathematical and physical sciences
Entry ID
ENEENV-8
Title Research on the Acceleration of Commercialization of Methane Hydrate Resources
Details of Job Opportunity
In the acceleration of commercialization of methane hydrate resources, to promote research and development such as the strengthening ground stability using carbon dioxide hydrate, and conversion technology for industrial use of produced methane gas, we recruit motivated researchers having advanced knowledge of chemical engineering, resource science and reservoir engineering.
Start of Employment April 1st, 2021
Research Unit Energy Process Research Institute (former Research Institute of Energy Frontier, until March 31)
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 / and Mathematical and physical sciences
Entry ID
ENEENV-9
Title Research and Development on Advanced Conversion and Utilization Process for Profitable Application of Carbon Dioxide
Details of Job Opportunity
Our research and development focus on profitable utilization of energy resources and construction of chemical process. We recruit competent and highly-motivated researchers owning basic knowledges of mechanical engineering, process engineering, chemical reaction engineering, catalysis, organic chemistry, and electrochemistry for effective conversion and utilization of energy resources, and analysis and evaluation of energy process.
Start of Employment April 1st, 2021
Research Unit Energy Process Research Institute (former Research Institute of Energy Frontier, until March 31)
URL https://unit.aist.go.jp/epri/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 Interdisciplinary science and engineering / Chemistry / Engineering / Complex systems / and Environmental science
Entry ID
ENEENV-10
Title Advanced Utilization and Clean Conversion of Hydrocarbon Resources
Details of Job Opportunity
We seek a researcher to develop conversion technologies of hydrocarbon resources such as methane, biomass, and wastes, who has enough experience of reaction experiments. Applicants are expected to have background of background of chemical engineering, analytical chemistry, polymer chemistry, synthetic organic chemistry, or physical chemistry on aggregation/dispersion behaviors.
Start of Employment April 1st, 2021
Research Unit Energy Process Research Institute (former Research Institute of Energy Frontier, until March 31)
URL https://unit.aist.go.jp/epri/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 Interdisciplinary science and engineering / Chemistry / Engineering / Environmental science / Complex systems
Entry ID
ENEENV-11
Title Research and Development of Advanced Battery
Details of Job Opportunity
We recruit researchers for R&D on advanced secondary batteries using novel materials and technologies. Applicants are expected to have advanced knowledge and research ability in the field of electrochemistry, material science, solid chemistry or computational science etc.
Start of Employment April 1st, 2021
Research Unit Research Institute of Electrochemical Energy
URL https://unit.aist.go.jp/riecen/index_en.html
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
Entry ID
ENEENV-12
Title Research and Development of Polymer Electrolyte Fuel Cell and related technologies
Details of Job Opportunity
We recruit a researcher for R&D on polymer electrolyte fuel cells using novel electrocatalysts or membranes, and related technologies. Applicants are expected to have who have advanced knowledge and research ability in the field of electrochemistry, catalyst chemistry, polymer chemistry, material science, interface science etc.
Start of Employment April 1st, 2021
Research Unit Research Institute of Electrochemical Energy
URL https://unit.aist.go.jp/riecen/index_en.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 Chemistry / Engineering / Interdisciplinary science and engineering
Entry ID
ENEENV-13
Title Research of Environmental Assessment for Sustainable Development of Earth Environments and Resources
Details of Job Opportunity
We seek a motivated researcher to develop technologies for environmental assessment, monitoring and/or remediation in industrial utilization of earth environments and resources. Applicant is expected to have advanced expertise in environmental science, geochemistry, analytical science, oceanography, and/or meteorology, with outstanding academic achievements.
Start of Employment April 1st, 2021
Research Unit Environmental Management Research Institute
URL https://unit.aist.go.jp/emri/
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 Environmental science / Chemistry / Engineering / Mathematical and physical sciences / Complex systems
Entry ID
ENEENV-14
Title Research and Development of Separation and recovery technology of material resources
Details of Job Opportunity
We seek a motivated researcher to develop technologies for sophistication and/or automation of recovering valuable material resources from man-made resources, which are represented by urban mines, or natural resources. Applicant is expected to have advanced expertise in resource engineering, powder engineering, chemical engineering, civil engineering, mechanical engineering, electrical and electronic engineering, and/or information engineering, with outstanding academic achievements.
Start of Employment April 1st, 2021
Research Unit Environmental Management Research Institute
URL https://unit.aist.go.jp/emri/
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 Chemistry / Engineering / Interdisciplinary science and engineering / Complex systems / Informatics
Entry ID
ENEENV-15
Title Risk Assessment Supporting a Safe and Sustainable Society
Details of Job Opportunity
The research will be carried out on any of the following technologies; those of efficiently and quickly estimating hazards and exposures of various chemical substances, those of developing data measurement methods for explosion safety and simulating full-scale explosion impact assessment, those of quantitatively estimating the environmental risks including human health and ecological risks, safety, environmental impact (LCA), or social/economic efficiency. This position requires the applicant who have advanced knowledge and research experience 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, 2021
Research Unit Research Institute of Science for Safety and Sustainability
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 1
Related Research Areas Environmental science / Interdisciplinary science and engineering / Chemistry / Social sciences / and Complex systems
Entry ID
ENEENV-16
Title Research and Development on Advanced Power Electronics
Details of Job Opportunity
Recruiting researchers who can contribute to R&Ds on innovative wafer/device/module/application technology in the field of advanced power electronics based on widegap semiconductors. Applicants are expected to have skills or experiences of various process/characterization technologies and their integration with deep understanding of novel semiconductor/related material properties as well as knowledge and enthusiasm on power electronics.
Start of Employment April 1st, 2021
Research Unit Advanced Power Electronics Research Center
URL https://unit.aist.go.jp/adperc/cie/
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 Electrical Engineering and Electronics / Applied Physics and Engineering Sciences / Materials Science / Process Engineering / Chemistry
 

Type D (Non tenure-track position based on performance-based pay)

Job Opportunities for the 1st round of Open Recruitment 2020 - Closed at 17:00 on 11 May 2020 (JST)
Entry ID
ENEENV-17
Title Research and Development on Thermoelectric Energy Conversion Technology
Details of Job Opportunity
To effectively utilize unused thermal energy discarded as waste, R&D in the area of thermoelectric conversion technology will be carried out in collaboration with domestic and overseas research institutions and industries. We seek a motivated researcher who has advanced knowledge in material science/engineering, solid state physics, phonon engineering, electrical engineering and other related areas of physics and chemistry . In this project all areas of thermoelectricity and thermal management will be covered, from materials to devices, and testing and evaluation.
Start of Employment April 1st, 2021
Research Unit Global Zero Emission Research Center
URL https://unit.aist.go.jp/gzr/en/
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-18
Title Research and Development on the Technology for High Penetration Renewable Energy
Details of Job Opportunity
We offer the job opportunities to conduct any one of advanced researches mentioned below. 1) 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 and demonstration of the next generation hydrogen energy system including innovative technology collaborated with related company and institute. This position requies applicants with experiences of electrical power system, plant engineering, control engineering and ICT engineering etc. 3) R&D activities on advanced assessment technologies for innovation of wind energy generation and field measurements of wind power sites including offshore. Applicants are expected to have various measurement techniques, evaluations or monitoring of power performance, noise and loads of wind turbines, and/or CFD/Meteorological simulations. 4) Development of innovative production and combustion technologies for using energy carrier such as hydrogen or ammonia. Applicants are expected to have knowledge and experience on low temperature/pressure ammonia synthesis catalyst, and hydrogen engine, co-firing engine using hydrogen and conventional fuel, engine using ammonia as a fuel, and relevant technologies etc.
Start of Employment April 1st, 2021
Research Unit Renewable Energy Research Center
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
3) https://www.aist.go.jp/fukushima/en/unit/WPT_e.html
4) 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 / Mathematical and physical sciences / Environmental science / Complex systems
Entry ID
ENEENV-19
Title Development for wide spread of advanced power electronics application
Details of Job Opportunity
We recruit researchers who can engage in and plan the joint R&Ds for the spread of advanced power electronics technology based on the high performance power modules using widegap semiconductor. Applicant is expected to have high planning and management ability and industrial application experience of technology as well as the skill/knowledge on related process/characterization techniques and integration of these techniques.
Start of Employment April 1st, 2021
Research Unit Advanced Power Electronics Research Center
URL https://unit.aist.go.jp/adperc/cie/
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 Electrical Engineering and Electronics / Applied Physics and Engineering Sciences / Materials Science / Process Engineering / 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.  

Job Opportunities for the 1st round of Open Recruitment 2020 - Closed at 17:00 on 11 May 2020 (JST)
Entry ID
ENEENV-20
Title Research and development of methane hydrate resource development technology
Details of Job Opportunity
To promote the commercialization of the production of natural gas from methane hydrate resources, the research and development such as core analysis for reservoir analysis, simulation analysis to ensure the amount of production gas and ground stability during gas production, and decomposition characteristic analysis for stable production of production methane gas, are required. We seek researchers with advanced knowledge and motivation in chemical engineering, resource science and reservoir engineering.
Starting Date April 1st, 2021
Term of Employment March 31, 2023
(In case of project extension, may be up to March 31, 2026)
Research Unit Energy Process Research Institute (former Research Institute of Energy Frontier, until March 31)
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 A few positions
Related Research Areas Interdisciplinary science and engineering / Mathematical and physical sciences / Engineering / Chemistry / Complex systems

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