[Special Open Call] S21-01 Leaders Promoting World-Top-Class Research in Materials Science,
Researcher (permanent position), Group Leader, A few positions are available

Permanent: NIMS determines affiliation based on each individual’s aptitude.

2022.04.22 Permanent Researcher

Field or Position [Special Open Call] S21-01 Leaders Promoting World-Top-Class Research in Materials Science,
Researcher (permanent position), Group Leader, (Permanent)
Number of People A few positions are available
Affiliation NIMS determines affiliation based on each individual’s aptitude. 
Research Summary National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS, Tsukuba, Japan) is pleased to announce an international open call for the recruitment of extremely talented researchers who can promote top world-class research in Materials Science, to further strengthen the research at NIMS as a specific National Research and Development Agency. The successful candidate will be required to lead a new independent research group. In addition, several incentives will be made available, including the special allocation of a generous start-up fund of up to 100 million yen within the first year, to enable the candidate to start research at NIMS.

All research fields related to Materials Science, regardless of whether they are basic or applied, are eligible for application. For your reference, based on the newly formulated national strategy for science and technology, NIMS further strengthens the following research fields: (1) Quantum Materials, (2) AI Materials, (3) Biotechnology-related Materials, (4) Energy and Environmental Materials, (5) Materials Informatics, (6) Metals and Ceramics, etc. Researchers who have top world-class achievements in any of these fields and are willing to further develop themselves at NIMS will be equally considered.

We are looking for researchers who can lead in the relevant areas to a top world-class level through strong leadership. Researchers are required to go beyond basic research and develop applications with a view on social implementation. We also welcome applicants from overseas and those with corporate experience.

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  1. Up to 100 million yen will be allocated for the first year as start-up funds, according to the research plan at the time of appointment, and special budgetary incentives will be considered thereafter depending on the situation.
  2. Laboratory space will be allocated on a priority basis.
  3. To launch a new group, a quota will be given to recruit a permanent researcher from outside NIMS upon arrival or after arrival of the group leader. NIMS permanent researchers can also join your group.
  4. Graduate students can be admitted as faculty members* of the NIMS Joint Graduate School Program. (* Interview, selection, and screening will be required.)
  5. A salary will be determined at the discretion of the President depending on performance, experience, etc. in accordance with the Salary Regulations for Permanent Employees.
  6. No term of office. The retirement age for national government employees is followed. (Current, 60.) Senior Scientists with Special Missions* and Fellows* can maintain their research groups until the age of 65 and 70, respectively. (*Additional screening will be required.)

NIMS expects successful candidates to develop high-level innovative research on materials and devices, based on creative and original ideas within the well-organized research environment at NIMS, which includes excellent human resources, equipment and facilities, and support systems. In addition, NIMS expects successful candidates to form world-leading research groups with strong management skills. We look forward to receiving your application.
  1. Outstanding research achievements at an international level in the relevant area.
  2. Experience of a research group leader (GL) or principal investigator (PI) on large externally funded projects.
  3. Ability to communicate in English to lead the relevant research area at an international level.
  4. PhD. recipient.
* No person falling under any of the following items may be eligible for the application:
(i) a person who has been sentenced to imprisonment or a more severe punishment, and of whom the execution of the sentence has not been completed or who has not yet ceased to be amenable to the execution of the sentence;
(ii) a person who was dismissed by a disciplinary action and for whom period of two years has not expired since the day of that disposition;
(iii) 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 which advocated the overthrow by force of the Constitution of Japan or the government established thereunder.
Starting Date October 1, 2022 [negotiable]
Term None. The retirement age for national government employees is followed. (Current, 60.)
Once appointed as Senior Scientists with Special Missions* or Fellow*, the research group can be maintained until the age of 65 for Senior Scientists with Special Missions or 70 for Fellows. (* Additional screening will be required.)
Work Place Tsukuba
Work Hours The discretionary labor system for professional work will be applied. It is deemed appropriate that candidates work for 8 hours and 15 minutes per day.
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 Working Regulations for Permanent Employees.
Salary / Supply

Salaries will be determined based on ability, experience, performance, etc. Either a monthly or an annual salary system will be applied.
There will be a salary increase once a year (July) and a bonus twice a year (June, December).
Various allowances (e.g., dependent care allowance, commuting allowance, and housing allowance) specified in the Salary Regulations for Permanent Employees will be paid according to stipulated conditions.
A retirement allowance is also available.

* In the case of the annual salary system, the salary consists of the main salary and the performance salary. The main salary is subject to regular salary increases (once a year (July)), and the performance salary fluctuates according to the annual performance evaluation. The retirement allowance is included in the annual salary.

Medical benefits and pension plans are made available if the candidate joins the National Public Service Personnel Mutual Aid Association. Workmen's accident compensation and unemployment insurance schemes are also available.

* Exemption from repayment of scholarship loan from the Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO) (only for graduate scholarship programs (category 1) received by March 31, 2004)

Employer President, National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS)
Gender Equality Details are on the following website:
Rules on Smoking Smoking is not allowed on the premises except in designated smoking areas.
How to Apply

Submit an entry sheet and CV (free format) with publication list through the e-mail address provided below. The entry sheet form can be downloaded from the link found at the bottom of this page.

* Only those who pass the screening will receive application forms from us (Human Resources Development Group, NIMS). Please return the application forms by the specified date and time.
* The information provided for application will be used only for the employment selection and as the analytical data for verification of the recruitment process, and will not be used for any other purpose. We appropriately manage the personal information under the NIMS Regulations for Protection of Personal Information.

Delivery Address E-mail address for Entry Sheet Submission: appliform21=nims.go.jp (Please change "=" to "@")
* The application is acceptable only by e-mail.
Deadline Applications will be accepted as long as this call is posted on the NIMS official website (this page).
How to Judge Applications will be reviewed as soon as they are received.
1. Screening through entry sheet.
2. Document review through application forms. (Only those who pass the screening will receive application forms.)
3. First and second round interviews. (Web or face-to-face interviews. Interviews with non-native Japanese speakers will be conducted in English.)

* The results of the selection process will be communicated regardless of whether an applicant was successful or not.
* Individual inquiries regarding the selection process and results will not be accepted.
Contact to
Human Resources Development Group [S21-01]
For more information, please contact us.
Human Resources Development Group, NIMS
E-Mail: nims-recruit=nims.go.jp(Please change "=" to "@")