Type A - Tenure Track Position

Type A is a research scientist position on tenure track offered to a candidate with a Ph.D. degree or equivalent skills and experience. Research staff on tenure track will undergo a tenure review about one and a half years before the end of the term to receive assessments over research acheivements and contributions to the institutional missions they made in the course of the term. Successful researchers will be re-appointed as tenured members after the initial term ends.

1. Selection Process

  Document Review and Interviews at Research Department
  • The screening process is scheduled from Mid October 2019 to Late November 2019.
  • The notification of the result - Early November (note: unsuccessful applicants are not informed after document-based screening.)
  Interview Examinations by Recruitment and Employment Committee
  • In person interviews are scheduled for Mid-December 2019.
  • Interviews will be held in Tsukuba Center.
  Final Result
  • Job offer decisions will be made from Late-December 2019 to Early January 2020.

2. Period of Term

  5 years - the period of term may be shortend to 4 or 3 years commensurate with a candidate's experience.


3Position Details

Type of Employment
Fixed-term research staff on tenure track
Qualification Required
Ph.D. degree (Ph.D. candidates expected to earn a degree by the start date included) or equivalent skills and experience
Foreign nationals are required to obtain a work permit status acceptable at AIST. 
Start Date
1 April 2020
Work Hours
Standard work hours - 7h 45m per day, 38h 45h per week
Working Time System
Flextime system, Discretionary Working Time System, or Standard Working Time System
Location of Work
Tokyo, Ibaraki, Hokkaido, Miyagi, Fukushima, Chiba, Aichi, Osaka, Hiroshima, Kagawa, or Saga

4Salary and Benefits

Base Monthly Salary Base monthly salary for new Ph.D. graduates aged 28 - JPY 274,500. More to add if you have proven professional experience after Ph.D.
The expected annual salary ranges from JPY 5,000k including bonus (before tax).
Pay Raise 1st April
June and December
Work responsibility allowance, overtime allowance, commuting allowance, housing allowance and dependent allowance are provided in accordance with AIST Salary Policy.
Days-off and Leave
Sundays, Saturdays, public holidays, New Year holidays (from December 29 to January 3)
Annual paid leave, Sick leave, Special leave (summer vacation, marriage, maternity, mourning), Parental leave of absence, Nursing leave of absence
Benefits The mutual aid association of METI provides - Health insurance, Pension scheme, Employment Insurance, Workers’ Compensation, Saving & Loan scheme, Nursery at Tsukuba, Chubu & Kansai, Clinic etc.

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