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AIST welcomes applications for research scientist positions from worldwide

The National Institute of Advanced Science and Technology (AIST) is Japan’s leading scientific research institute dedicated to pushing the boundaries of innovation, bringing 2300 research staff and 700 administrative staff together. Our research addresses varied issues in a wide range of research fields, covering from cutting-edge technologies to fundamental research in geological survey and metrology that underpins the country's intellectual infrastructure. In pursuit of excellence in science and innnovation, we are seeking to recruit research scientists from basic research through to applied research to make impacts in our research areas.

   At any time

 Types of Position
 Type C

 Please apply here.



 The Second Round of AIST Open Recuitment 2018 
 17:00 October 15, 2018 (Japan Standard Time)

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


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.


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