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National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT) RECRUITMENT OF PERMANENT RESEARCH STAFF AND TENURE TRACK RESEARCHERS (hiring on April 1, 2019)

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The National Institute of Information and Communications Technology is a national research and development agency that promotes research and development in the ICT field from basic to applied research with an integrated perspective, and thus contributes to the creation of affluent and safe lifestyles as well as the advancement of Japan as an intellectual nation that leads the international community. We are seeking to hire researchers to work on the research and development of future ICT. Prospective researchers will conduct R&D for ICT centering on the five research fields of "watching" (sensing), "connecting" (networking), "creating" (data utilization), "protecting" (cyber security), and "developing" (frontier research). They are also expected to work on the innovation of new cross-sectoral ICTs or those arising from interdisciplinary fusion.

We are seeking competent and highly motivated researchers. Candidates of any age, gender, and nationality are encouraged to apply.

  Job Titles and Number of Positions Available

A total of around ten people will be accepted, either as permanent staff (permanent researchers or permanent technical researchers※) or tenure track researchers in the following six "Fields of Research".

  Fields of Research

1. Sensing Fundamentals  

R&D on: remote sensing technologies and space environment measurement technologies to acquire, collect, and visualize diverse information from various things and phenomena surrounding human beings by using electromagnetic waves; space-time standards technologies to generate, supply, and utilize accurate and reliable time and frequencies as a basis for social and economic activities; electromagnetic environmental technologies to ensure electromagnetic compatibility among wide ranges of equipment and systems.

 

2. Advanced Networking  

Centering on advanced optical network technologies, wireless communication technologies, space communication technologies, and technologies to integrate all of these three, we conduct R&D on: accessing technologies to store diverse real-space information and supply the users and terminal devices with valuable information according to their various needs; core network technologies to globally transmit large volumes of diverse information at ultra-high speed but low power consumption; network control technologies to realize a flexible and efficient utilization of a network as a whole; and technologies to realize efficient networking even under the constraints of limited materials.

 

3. Data Utilization and Analytics  

R&D on: large-scale information analysis technologies to retrieve and manage diverse, large-scale information including linguistic, audio, visual, and environmental data, creating and transmitting new values through such intellectual activities as recognition, analysis, learning, inference, and prediction; multilingual translation and speech processing technologies for eliminating the boundary of language, and artificial intelligence (AI) technologies to realize such communications; human interface technologies including information visualization and communication technologies to facilitate the understanding of the value and meaning of information.  

R&D on technologies for generating (or collecting/acquiring) data essential for research and development of AI by using diverse methods, and integrated AI technologies to create knowledge that can be used for providing society with such data as new value (researchers are particularly encouraged to pursue the possibility of utilizing data based on a keen understanding of the nature of scientific data).  

R&D on: new information analysis and info-communication technologies inspired by the brain's information processing mechanism learned through the analysis of human brain functions; brain function measurement and analysis technologies to realize such new technologies; technologies to store and utilize large volumes of brain function information.

 

4. ICT Security  

R&D on: cyber security technologies to build and maintain safe and secure information and communication network environments; cyber security technologies applied from data mining and machine learning; security testbed development and operation technologies; cryptographic technologies; privacy enhancing technologies.

R&D aimed at finding and filling the technical requirements for developing ICT literacy and training ICT personnel to achieve a higher cybersecurity level: research, analysis, and study on the demand of industries and educators for ICT personnel; study on individual advanced technologies for training ICT personnel, including development of effective training methods, construction of environments suitable for practical drill and training (e.g. simulated environment) and measurement and visualization of the effect of training; integrated research on the application of ICT personnel training systems that integrate all of the aforementioned findings.

 

5. ICT Frontier Research  

R&D on technologies that bring a new paradigm shift to the future ICT: technologies for the realization of highly functional and efficient next-generation function devices that utilize new functional materials including organic/bio materials, superconductors, and semiconductors by making full use of nanobiotechnology; ultra-high frequency (terahertz) technologies for the utilization of unused frequencies; quantum info-communication technologies for the pursuit of ultimate safety and high-capacity characteristics; future information analysis and info-communication technologies inspired by biological bodies and functions; technologies in fields evolved and merged from the aforementioned technologies.

 

6. Promotion of Various Innovative Info-Communication Technologies  

Promotion of the development of diverse and innovative info-communication technologies, including new ICT utilization technologies based on interdisciplinary fusion and other ICT utilization technologies that contribute to solving social issues, constructing a new industrial structure, and vitalizing local economy.  

State-of-the-art ICT testbed research and development for building testbeds to be used as platforms for demonstrative practical application and promotion of state-of-the-art ICT, based on advanced ICT fundamental technologies including networking technologies and large-scale emulation technologies.

  Work Location

Headquarters (Koganei, Tokyo)

Universal Communication Research Institute (Seika‑cho, Soraku‑gun, Kyoto Prefecture)

Advanced ICT Research Institute (Kobe, Hyogo Prefecture)

Center for Information and Neural Networks (Suita, Osaka Prefecture)

Wireless Networks Research Center (Yokosuka, Kanagawa Prefecture)

Hokuriku StarBED Technology Center (Noumi, Ishikawa Prefecture)

and other NICT research facilities

  Qualifications

1. Applicants must hold a PhD or master's degree, or be scheduled to receive a PhD or master’s degree before April 1, 2019.

2. Applicants of any nationality are eligible to apply (interviews will be conducted either in Japanese or English).

3. In principle, those who can start working from the first day of April, 2019 are eligible to apply.  

4. Tenure track positions are intended for young researchers who have acquired a PhD ten or less years ago.

  Notes regarding Employment Conditions

Permanent Researchers

1. You may have an opportunity to be engaged in non-research tasks (e.g. research management tasks and research support tasks) at NICT.

2. You may be sent on loan to a governmental agency, public service corporation, or private corporation for a fixed period of time.

3. You may be transferred to one of the NICT offices in Japan or abroad.

 

Tenure Track Researchers

1. Tenure track researchers are hired as fixed-term staff and contracted to work for five years.  

2. You will have a chance to be evaluated for a possible transfer to a permanent position in the third to fifth years of your contract.

  Employment Conditions

Status

Permanent researchers: Will be hired as research employees whose employment period is not prescribed (not as national government employees). The retirement age is 60 years.

Tenure Track Researchers: Will be hired as fixed-term researchers (5-year contract period).

 

Salary Examples

Permanent Researchers

   296,196 yen/month (starting salary of a person with a master's degree, including researcher adjustment allowance and discretionary labor adjustments)  

   346,785 yen/month (starting salary of a person with a PhD, including researcher adjustment allowance and discretionary labor adjustments)  

 

In addition to the above, the following allowances will be paid in case of meeting requirements:

Dependent allowance …… Paid to employees with dependent family members. e.g. 10,000 yen/month for each child.

Housing allowance …… Up to a maximum of 27,000 yen/month is paid to employees living in rented accommodation.

Commuting allowance …… The amount charged for a commuter pass (up to a maximum of 55,000 yen/month) is paid to employees who commute on public transportation.

End-of-term and diligence allowances (bonus) …… Bonus of approximately 4.4-month salary (according to fiscal year 2017's rate) total per year, paid in two installments.

Other allowances, including qualification allowance, special allowance for researchers, and extraordinary services allowance, are paid to employees who meet specific conditions.

 

The amount of monthly basic salary shall be determined by taking into account each employee’s academic background, work experience, and research experience, based on NICT's base pay scale for research positions.

The amounts stated above represent the approximate amounts of starting salaries as of April 1, 2018.

※For more salary information, see the Payment Standards for National Institute of Information and Communications Technology Permanent Staff (PDF).

 

Tenure Track Researchers

Basic salary of 392,000 yen/month (starting salary of a person with a master's degree)

Basic salary of 464,000 yen/month (starting salary of a person with a PhD)

In addition to the above, the following allowances will be paid in case of meeting requirements:

Dependent allowance ……Paid to employees with dependent family members. e.g. 10,000 yen/month for each child.

Housing allowance …… Up to a maximum of 27,000 yen/month is paid to employees living in rented accommodation.

Commuting allowance …… The amount charged for a commuter pass (up to a maximum of 55,000 yen/month) is paid to employees who commute on public transportation.

Other allowances, including overtime allowance, qualification allowance, special allowance for researchers, and extraordinary services allowance, are paid to employees who meet specific conditions.

The amount of monthly basic salary shall be determined by taking into account each employee’s academic background, work experience, and research experience, based on NICT's base pay scale for fixed-term research positions.

The amounts stated above represent the approximate amounts of starting salaries as of April 1, 2018.

 

Work Hours and Paid Leave

1. Five-day workweek system, full-time job (average weekly working hours: 37.5 hours)

Permanent researchers will work under the discretionary labor system in principle.

Tenure track researchers will work under flextime system in principle.

2. Annual paid leave

Permanent researchers: 15 days/year (April 1 to December 31 of the first year of employment), and 20 days/year (January 1 to December 31 of the second year and onwards).

Tenure track researchers: 20 days/year (April 1 to March 31 of the following year).

3. Employees will also be granted other forms of paid special leave.

4. Eligible employees are entitled to take childcare and nursing care leave.

For more information, please contact us.


Social Insurance

Permanent Researchers

1. Health insurance: Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications Mutual Aid Association Insurance

2. Pension: Welfare pension

3. Labor insurance: Unemployment insurance and industrial accident compensation insurance

Tenure Track Researchers

1. Health insurance: Japan Health Insurance Association's insurance

2. Pension: Welfare pension

3. Labor insurance: Unemployment insurance and industrial accident compensation insurance


Other Points to Note

  One of the most important factors in the selection process is to ensure that the candidates chosen have sufficient expertise in the relevant field of research. In addition, we take into account candidates' willingness to actively participate in management affairs including project management and promotion and personnel training.

As an organization we support our employees with a master's degree to obtain a doctoral degree.


Information on Salary and Benefits

  Scheduled Hiring Date

April 1, 2019 (negotiable)

  Payment for Travel to Place of Assignment

Actual expenses will be paid based on NICT's regulations.

  Application Deadline

All required application documents shall be arrived to the submission address below by dno later than 17:00, April 13 (Fri), 2018 JST (No exception is accepted)

  Required Application Documents and Submission Method

Required Application Documents (Each individual document does not need to be stapled or bound with a clip)

A completed application form (available in the prescribed Excel and PDF downloads below)

Should be in the prescribed form and include a picture of the applicant's face.

Research History (including research summaries)

A list of theses (should be organized by publication method, i.e. journal articles or verbal presentations)

Major research achievements (about three selected publications or theses. Offprints and photocopies are acceptable)

Future research plan (no fixed format)

Documents 2 to 5 can be written in either English or Japanese.


Submission Method

Please send Application Documents 1, 2, 3, and 5 by postal mail or door-to-door delivery service to the address below. The documents should arrive no later than the deadline date.

 

(Please be sure to write in red "2019 NICT Research Staff Application Documents Enclosed" on the envelope)

You will be asked to send Document 4, "Major research achievements", in the form of electronic data after the completion of application acceptance.

 

Please note that we do not accept the following application documents:

 ・Those received after the deadline date

 ・Those sent by e-mail
 ・Those incorrectly filled out or lacking any of the required documents

Application form (prescribed form, for permanent researcher candidates)

  Selection Procedures (Overview)

Acceptance of Application Documents and Documentary Screening

After the application deadline, the documentary screening will be conducted, and those who have passed the screening will be informed of the schedule for the interview by the executives.

 

Interviews by Executives (final selection, conducted at the headquarters)

Applicants who have passed the documentary screening will be interviewed for final selection by NICT executives including board members.

At the interview, applicants will be asked to submit "presentation materials" and "two reference letters written by different persons". 
 

Presentation Materials:

No replacement after submission is accepted. Moreover, no PC or additional materials can be used at the presentation.

The duration and data size of each presentation should be around 10 minutes and 10 MB at most.

Reference Letters:   

Please note that any interview-related expenses, including transportation cost, will not be paid by NICT.   

Applicants who have passed the documentary screening will be interviewed (in late July) by NICT executives.

  Treatment of Personal Information

Your application documents will be treated appropriately and used only for the purpose of recruitment.

Please note that the application documents will not be returned even if you are not hired and will be disposed immediately after selection.

 

Submission and Contact Address

Personnel Affairs Group, Personnel Affairs Office, General Affairs Department, National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT), 4-2-1 Nukui-kitamachi, Koganei, Tokyo 184-8795, Japan
Phone: 042-327-7304 FAX: 042-327-7590
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