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Researcher [R20-15]
Surface and interface physics, electron microscopy, surface analysis
1 position available

Permanent: Research Center for Advanced Measurement and Characterization, NIMS decides affiliation based on his/her aptitude.

2020.09.24 Permanent Researcher

Field or Position Researcher [R20-15]
Surface and interface physics, electron microscopy, surface analysis
Number of People 1 position available
Affiliation Research Center for Advanced Measurement and Characterization, NIMS decides affiliation based on his/her aptitude. 
Job Summary To develop advanced microstructure analysis methods for surface and interface of materials based on scanning electron microscope (SEM), transmission electron microscope (TEM), informatics, etc.
To conduct evaluation analysis and operand measurement research of various advanced materials including metal and ceramic materials in the functional expression field including hydrogen environment.
* Start-up funds up to 10 million yen depending on the research plan at the time of arrival is available.
  1. Possess a PhD degree or is expected to receive a degree by the start of employment.
  2. Be fluent in English for communicating, writing and reading for carrying out research.
  3. Have sufficient knowledge of electron microscopy, SEM or TEM and have sufficient experience of experiments.
  4. Understand the background in physics, chemistry, and/or engineering, and knowledge on surface and interface science, surface analysis and characterization.
  5. No person falling under any of the following items shall be eligible for the application:
    (i) An adult ward or a person under guardianship;
    (ii) A person who has been convicted of a crime and sentenced to imprisonment even if the person has completed the sentence or been paroled;
    (iii) A person who was dismissed by disciplinary action and a period of two years has not expired since the day of that disposition;
    (iv) A person who, on or after the date of the enforcement of the Constitution of Japan, formed or belonged to a political party or other organization that advocated the overthrow by force of the Constitution of Japan or the government established thereunder.
Starting Date April 1, 2021 [Negotiable]
Term Retirement age 60.
* Reemployment system after retirement in which the retiree is reemployed until the age of 65 if he/she wishes so is in place.
Work Place Tsukuba.
The work place may be subject to change after employment.
Work Hours Discretionary labor system for professional work is applied and the working hours will be deemed as 8 hours and 15 minutes per day.
The standard work time (8:30-17:15) or the flextime system is also available.
Holiday Saturdays, Sundays, national holidays, year-end and New Year holidays (December 29 to January 3), annual paid leave, summer holidays, maternity leave, special leave for marriages and funerals, and other types of leave as specified in the rules of the institute.
Salary / Supply Salary will be decided based on experience, ability, etc.
  • An annual salary scheme is applied.
  • Allowances (dependent allowance, commuting allowance, housing allowance, etc.) will be provided on conditions.
  • Retirement allowance is included in the salary; it will not be provided when the person retires.
  • Medical benefits and pension plans are available by joining the National Public Service Personnel Mutual Aid Association.
  • Workmen's accident compensation and unemployment insurance are also available.
  • Fixed overtime pay is in place (Please refer to the Salary Regulations for Permanent Employees(*Open in new window), Article 17, Paragraph 3 for details (in Japanese)).
  • Trial period is in place (Please refer to the Working Regulations for Permanent Employees(*Open in new window), Article 37, Paragraph 2 through Paragraph 4 for details (in Japanese)).

* Exemption from repayments of scholarship loan by JASSO (only for scholarships for graduate programs (category 1) received by March 31, 2004).
Employer President, National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS)
Joint Participation by Men and Women NIMS is creating a friendly workplace environment for everyone because it believes that the endeavor to promote the full working and family lives of individuals with different values and lifestyles is beneficial to the institute.

  • In 2009, NIMS has been certified as an institute implementing the Program for Child-rearing Support at Work based on the Act for the Advancement of Measures to Support Raising the Next Generation of Children. NIMS has established a work environment that facilitates handling both a career and the responsibilities of raising children.
  • Flexible working systems, such as the flex-time system and the discretionary work system, are in place.
  • Maternity leave, parenting leave, part-time work for child care, and family care leave, etc. are available.
  • Personnel expenses to employ a technical or administrative staff for 1 year may be provided to researchers, engineers and administrative staffs who take care of children or other family members.
  • NIMS supports female researchers. NIMS encourages applications from female candidates.
How to Apply

1.     Acquisition of Applicant ID
Applicants need to enter the Applicant ID on the application form and recommendation forms. Obtain the Applicant ID by sending the following email before applying.
Leave the subject of the email blank. Enter your name in English letters (in order of your last (family) name and first (given) name) in the first line of the text. Enter the recruitment number (any of R20-13 to R20-15) in the second line of the text. Send the email to registration20=nims.go.jp. (Please change "=" to "@") An email containing your Applicant ID will be sent to you.
Send an inquiry to the email address below if you do not receive an email containing your Applicant ID within three days.
E-Mail: nims-recruit=nims.go.jp (Please change "=" to "@")

2.     Application documents [Click here to download the R20-15 application form(*Open in new window)]
Use the provided curriculum vitae (PDF form) and the application form (Word file) for the R20-15 group, which can also be downloaded by clicking the link at the bottom of this page(*Open in new window).
Submit the curriculum vitae (PDF form) and the application form with PDF copies of no more than three representative papers to appliform20=nims.go.jp. (Please change "=" to "@")

*For applicants who are still in graduate school, submit your academic transcript after converting it into a PDF file.
I. Curriculum Vitae
Use the provided form for position number R20-15.
Enter necessary information in English or Japanese directly into the curriculum vitae file (PDF form).

To complete the curriculum vitae file (PDF form), you need Adobe Acrobat or Adobe Reader. If you use a non-Adobe third-party application, it may not function as expected. If you do not have Adobe Reader or use older versions, download the latest version (free) from the download page (https://get.adobe.com/reader/(*Open in new window)).

If you still cannot enter data into this file even after downloading the latest version of Adobe Reader, contact us at the following email address:
E-Mail: nims-recruit=nims.go.jp (Please change "=" to "@")

II. Application form
This document is used to examine the knowledge, skills, research abilities, abilities to plan and propose researches, and English communication skills of an applicant.
Use the form for the position number R20-15. After filling out the application form (Word file), convert it to a PDF file.

Research accomplishments
Describe your past research achievements in English within four pages of A4 size papers.

(2) Research Plan at NIMS
Describe plans of a research you want to do at NIMS (a short-term research plan and a mid- to long-term research plan) in English within two pages of A4 size papers.

(3) List of publications
Clearly categorize as original papers, proceedings, review papers, invited presentations, patents, and books in the sequence of publication from new to old with serial numbers assigned. Forthcoming research papers and articles in academic journals may be included only if they have been accepted for publication. There is no limit to the number of pages. Provide information in English. Publications written in Japanese may be described in Japanese.

III. PDF copies of no more than three representative papers
Submit representative papers (within three papers) of yours in PDF format. You may add supplementary data to the papers. In such cases, prepare PDF files by combining the paper and the supplementary data to submit.

IV. Academic transcript (Only for graduate students)
For applicants who are still in graduate school, submit your academic transcript after converting it into a PDF file.

3.     Letters of recommendation [Click here to download the R20-15 recommendation form(*Open in new window)]

Please arrange for two references to directly submit letters of recommendation to recommend20=nims.go.jp (Please change "=" to "@") by November 1, 2020.

Use the form for position number R20-15. Please complete the form in English or Japanese and convert it into a PDF file. Only email submissions will be accepted. The subject line of the email should read: Recommendation for (Applicant ID) from (full name of reference).
Please let the references know in advance that NIMS may contact them directly.

Using your Applicant ID, you can check the acceptance status of the recommendation letter from two references on our website. We do not respond to individual inquiries.
* To see the acceptance status, visit:
https://www.nims.go.jp/eng/employment/permanent-researcher.html(*Open in new window)

* If you are a graduate student, one reference must be your doctoral dissertation supervisor.

4.     Multiple applications
Applicants are not allowed to apply for multiple research positions.
All female applicants are considered for the position of R20-14 [Field: Materials Science (Female only applicable)], as well. Applicants are examined based on the application form submitted for positions of their first choices and do not have to prepare separate application forms.

* The information you provide to us will only be used for the purposes of the employment screening and reviewing the recruitment process and we will not use your personal information beyond the scope of the purpose of use. We appropriately manage the personal information under the NIMS Rules for Protection of Personal Information.

* Incomplete or incorrect applications may be rejected. Submitted application documents cannot be changed.

* Information cannot be provided on the details of the screening process.
Delivery Address Application document (Curriculum Vitae (PDF form), Application Form, PDF copies of representative papers): appliform20=nims.go.jp (Please change "=" to "@")

Letter of recommendation: recommend20=nims.go.jp (Please change "=" to "@")

* Application documents and letters of recommendation should be sent by email.
* The size of attached documents must be no more than 20MB.
Deadline Application documents and letters of recommendation must reach us no later than November 1, 2020.
How to Judge Document screening and interviews.
Interviews with non-native Japanese speakers will be conducted in English.
Depending on the situation, it may be a web interview.

Schedule (tentative)
* Document screening: November, 2020
* Presentation/interviews: December, 2020 to January, 2021

* All applicants are notified of the results regardless of acceptance or rejection.
* We do not respond to individual inquiries about the method and results of the selection.
Contact to
Human Resources Development Group [R20-15]
For more information, please contact us.
Human Resources Development Group, NIMS
E-Mail: nims-recruit=nims.go.jp(Please change "=" to "@")


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