NIMS employs outstanding scientists from various countries

Current Positions Available

2024.01.24 #Permanent #Researcher

【Special Open Call】S24-01 World-Class Leaders for Research in Materials Science, Fellow or Distinguished Group Leader (permanent researcher position),

affiliated to one of the existing research centers in NIMS.

National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS) is launching an international open call for outstanding researchers who can drive world-class research in materials science, to further strengthen the research at NIMS as a Specified National Research and Development Agency. The successful candidate wi...

2023.06.09 #Permanent #Researcher

【Special Open Call】 G23-02 Leaders Conducting Research in Materials Science / Researcher (permanent position) / Female candidates only / Group Leader /

will be affiliated to one of existing research centers in NIMS

NIMS calls for international applications for female researchers (group leaders) to lead research groups in order to promote women’s active participation and advancement. The successful candidate will receive support for prompt start-up of research activities through preferential measures such...

2023.04.01 #Permanent #Researcher

【Special Open Call】 G23-01 Leaders Promoting Research in Materials Science, Researcher (permanent position), Group Leader,

will be affiliated to one of existing research centers in NIMS

National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS, Tsukuba, Japan) calls for outstanding researchers to create new research groups in various fields of Materials Science. The successful candidate will receive full support for prompt start-up of research activities through preferential measures such as ...

Recruitment in FY2024

The next open call for the permanent researcher position will be posted in March 2024.
The deadline for applications will be mid-May 2024.

*If you wish to give your presentation in Japanese, please submit a scanned copy of TOEIC / EIKEN(英検) / TOEFL / IELTS, etc. academic score certificate.

Research field and position

Researcher [Fields not particularly specified]: several positions
  • R24-01 Materials Science
  • R24-02 Materials Science (for women)

Researcher [Field specified]: one position / field
  • R24-03  Materials & Characterization Techniques for Electrochemical Devices
  • R24-04  Magnetic refrigeration system
  • R24-05  Development of circular materials
  • R24-06  Metal Additive Manufacturing
  • R24-07  Semiconductor devices for next generation
  • R24-08  Neuromorphic devices
  • R24-09  Advanced photoemission spectroscopy
  • R24-10  Synchrotron radiation imaging
  • R24-11  Computational Materials Design with Simulations and Data-driven science

Recruiting information of permanent employed researcher

Hiring Policy

  • NIMS employs outstanding scientists from various countries who have abundant knowledge and strong research skills in materials science.
  • We will welcome the application from female researchers, non-Japanese researchers and researchers who have careers in private companies.

Conditions for Employment

  • As a general rule the position is permanent (Retirement age as of FY2023~2024: 61). However, the applicants may be accepted as five-year or less fixed term employees if the reviewers judge that final decision should be made after watching the performance of the applicants on the job. If this is the case, they can be reviewed for transfer to permanent researchers after a certain period of time.
  • Even under such fixed term employment, working conditions including annual income shall comply with the treatment of permanent employee. For instance, they are covered under the national public service personal mutual aid system. They can get an exemption from repayments of scholarship loan by JASSO (only for scholarships for graduate programs (category 1) received by March 31, 2004). They also can apply Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research by JSPS. Workmen's accident compensation and employment insurance are available.
  • Following the national government employees, the retirement age will be raised by one year every two years in stages starting in April 2023, and will be 65 years old after April 2031. (For those born on or after April 2, 1967, the retirement age will be 65.)

Policy of Recruitment and Screening

  • Employment information is being announced worldwide through our website and advertisement on prestigious academic journals.
  • Candidates are selected through an impartial, multi-faceted examination process, which includes a review of the application documents and an interview.

Employment Data

Salaries (estimate in FY2019)

  • Immediately after receiving a Ph.D. degree: 6.27 million Yen (estimate)
  • Five years after receiving a Ph.D. degree: 6.7 million Yen (estimate)
  • Ten years after receiving a Ph.D. degree: 8.07 million Yen (estimate)

The above data are based on an annual salary scheme that consists of basic salary, achievement allowance and other benefits, such as the ablitiy allowance, the terminal allowance, the diligenece allowance and the retirement allowance.
The above data are just for reference.

Hiring to date (As of April 1, 2023)

  • FY2022: 14
  • FY2021: 18
  • FY2020: 10
  • FY2019: 16
  • FY2018: 16
  • FY2017: 14
  • FY2016: 15


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