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Research in Japan

・Japan can be your next destination.
・Many opportunities are open to you.
・Enjoy your “cool” science life in Japan.


JREC-IN(Japan REsearch Career Information Network)aims at providing informational support to expand the researchers' career path by collecting and providing information on job openings and job-seeking members. JREC-IN provides free information, collected and accessible through a database via the Internet.

Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology(MEXT)

  Building Leading-edge Research Hubs

World Premier International Research Center Initiative (WPI)
Launched in 2007, the initiative designates 9 centers to create open research platforms that attract world’s brains, where the primary working language is English.

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  Scholarship Program for Brazilian Doctoral Researchers

Fellowship by Government of Brazil(Science without Borders) 
Ciência sem Fronteiras (Science without Borders) is a scholarship program for Brazilian undergraduate and graduate students and post-doctoral researchers wishing to conduct research abroad funded by the Brazilian government. The main goal of this program is to promote the consolidation and expansion of science, technology and innovation in Brazil by means of international exchange and mobility.

Funding Agencies

Japan Society for the Promotion of Science(JSPS)

  Inviting Researchers from Other Countries to Japan

・ Postdoctoral Fellowships for Foreign Researchers

Outstanding young researchers are invited to Japan for 1-2 years to conduct join research under the guidance of their Japanese host researchers.

Young pre- and postdoctoral researchers are invited to Japan from Europe and North America to conduct joint research under the guidance of their Japanese host researchers for the relatively short period of 1-12 months.

Pathway to University Positions in Japan
Outstanding young researchers are invited to Japan for 1-2 years to do pre-employment research in Japanese institutions.

Strategic program
Excellent young researchers with high future potential from selected countries, starting with the major advanced nations, are invited to Japan for the purpose of building collaborative research relationships with Japanese colleagues.

・ Summer Program
Young pre- and postdoctoral researchers from the US, the UK, France, Germany, Canada and Sweden come to Japan for a 2-month research experience during the summer.

・ Invitation Fellowship Programs for Research in Japan(Long-term, Short-term and Short-term S)
Mid-career and professor level researchers from other countries are invited for long-term (2-10 months) and short-term (14-60 days) to collaborate with researchers in Japan. Nobel Prize level researchers from other countries are invited for short-term S (7-30 days) to guide research and inspire young people in Japan.

・ BRIDGE Fellowship Program
Support is given to former fellows under the Postdoctral Fellowships for Foreign Researchers and other JSPS programs who are now members of JSPS alumni associations, providing them an opportunity to revisit Japan and create, maintain or strengthen their collaborative ties with Japanese colleagues and research institutions. (Visits are from 14 to 45 days.)

・ RONPAKU(Dissertation PhD)Program
 This program provides tutorial and financial support to promising Asian and African researchers who wish to obtain a PhD degree from a Japanese university through the submission of a dissertation without going through a doctoral course.

  Networking with Japanese researchers

This is a database of researchers and experts who are interested in the research cooperation between Japan and other Asian countries/areas as well as any other countries. By registering, you will be able to search and browse other members' profiles.

Japan Science and Technology Agency(JST)

  Support System to Invite Foreign Researchers

Housing for Foreign Researchers
JST operates housing (Ninomiya House and Takezono House) for mainly foreign researchers working at national or public research institutes in Tsukuba city. They offer not only accommodation but also various supports for comfortable daily life such as assistance for school transfer procedures, hospital booking and so on. Residents can also attend Japanese language classes and variety of exchange events.

Research institutes


RIKEN is Japan's largest comprehensive research institution renowned for high-quality research in a diverse range of scientific disciplines. Founded in 1917 as a private research foundation in Tokyo, RIKEN has grown rapidly in size and scope, today encompassing a network of world-class research centers and institutes across Japan.


  Careers at RIKEN

Programs for Junior Scientists
Programs for scientists at the PhD, postdoctoral or young lab leader levels.

Associate Chief Scientist program
Information on RIKEN's Associate Chief Scientist position. Associate Chief Scientist are the young scientists with the character, drive and long-term vision needed to take the lead in pioneering new areas of scientific research.

Job Opportunities
A list of all current RIKEN job opportunities.

National Institute for Materials Science(NIMS)

NIMS is engaged in pioneering research of materials for the future in line with our theme “materials research for creating tomorrow”.

  Invitation Program

Open Research Institute
The Open Research Institute Program starts in 2008 for inviting overseas researchers. Under this program, any researcher in the world can visit NIMS. It offers various opportunities for excellent researchers in the global area (applicants who would use this program need to contact NIMS host researcher individually).

  Fostering Young Researchers

International Center for Young Scientists
The NIMS International Center for Young Scientists (ICYS) program provides you with a "Melting Pot" environment mixing different research fields and cultures. Talented young multinational researchers are gathering to conduct independent research. ICYS researchers are expected to pursue various aspects of interdisciplinary materials research in close collaboration with NIMS mentor researchers.

National Research Institute for Earth Science and Disaster Prevention(NIED)

NIED aims to protect people's lives and properties from natural disasters and to prepare society to be resilient to natural disasters, through research on disasters caused by earthquakes, volcanoes, floods, landslides, meteorological changes, snow and ice damages.

  Inviting Researchers from Other Countries to Japan

NIED has a system of inviting foreign researcher.

National Institute of Radiological Sciences (NIRS)

NIRS, as Japan's only institute dedicated to comprehensive research and development of radiation and health, conducts studies on heavy ion radiation therapy, molecular imaging, radiation protection and emergency medicine, etc. and provides education and training in these fields.

  IAEA-Collaborating Centre

Training programs for the IAEA member states
As an IAEA Collaborating Centre for the areas of biological effects of low-dose radiation, charged particle therapy and molecular imaging, we provide training for professionals/ graduate students in the IAEA’s Member States to learn practical methods and skills related to biological dosimetry, heavy ion radiotherapy and molecular imaging.

  WHO Collaborating Centre

Training for emergency response personnel
NIRS has organized international training courses and workshops on radiation emergency medicine for medical professionals in Asia for many years. As NIRS has been designated as a WHO Collaborating Centre effective on Sept.2, 2013 in five areas including radiation emergency medicine and preparedness, we continue to provide education and training for radiation emergency response personnel in collaboration with the WHO.

Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency(JAXA)

JAXA, established in 2003, performs research and development in the aerospace field to contribute to solving various domestic and international issues. According to the Basic Plan on Space Policy, JAXA is defined as a core implementing agency to support with its technology the government’s development and utilization of space.

Youtube:JAXA Channel
Twitter:JAXA Web(JAXA_en), Soichi Noguchi(Astro_Soichi) 
Facebook:JAXA(Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency)

  JAXA Offers Great Opportunities for Young Researchers to Work at JAXA

JAXA Aerospace Project Research Associate
Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) calls for young researchers participation in various aerospace projects with specialized knowledge which promote the projects more effectively and efficiently.

International Top Young Fellowship (ITYF)
ITYF is designed to attract outstanding, highly motivated, early-career
researchers in any of the space science fields covered by the Institute
of Space and Astronautical Sciences (ISAS) to work in Japan for 3-5 years.

Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC)

Working to investigate the ocean and the Earth with world-class technology and facilities.

Employment Opportunities
The employment information is updated on global website of JAMSTEC as needed.
JAMSTEC aims to become the world’s leading research institute for Marine-Earth Science and Technology, and is constantly recruiting people with the real ability and motivation to contribute to this mission.

Japan Atomic Energy Agency(JAEA)

The Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA) was established in 2005 as the sole research institute in Japan dedicated to comprehensive research and development in the field of nuclear energy.

Recruitment information
The recruitment information (Senior Post Doctoral Fellow, Post Doctoral Fellow, Mid-Career JAEA staff etc.) is presented on the official website of JAEA.

Japan Proton Accelerator Research Complex(J-PARC)
J-PARC consists of a series of world-class proton accelerators and three experimental facilities that make to use secondary beams produced through spallation reactions between protons and target materials. The experimental facilities include the Materials and Life Science facility (MLF) for neutrons and muons, the Hadron facility for kaons, pions etc. and the Neutrino facility for neutrinos.


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(International Science and Technology Affairs Division, Science and Technology Policy Bureau)

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