Recruitment of fixed-term research scientists

Updated:October 24, 2017 (Tuesday)

1. Content of job information

Research institutes, Research division (Location), and Research programs.

Please see the separate table 【PDF:65KB】. Applicants may submit multiple applications.

Work location

Hokkaido Agricultural Research Center, NARO
: Memuro, Hokkaido
Tohoku Agricultural Research Center, NARO
: Morioka, Iwate or Fukushima, Fukushima
Central Region Agricultural Research Center, NARO
: Joetsu, Niigata or Tsukuba, Ibaraki
Western Region Agricultural Research Center, NARO
: Ohda, Shimane or Fukuyama, Hiroshima or Zentsuji, Kagawa
Kyushu Okinawa Agricultural Research Center, NARO
: Kurume, Fukuoka or Koshi, Kumamoto
or Miyakonojyo, Miyazaki
Institute of Fruit Tree and Tea Science, NARO
: Shimada, Shizuoka or Tsukuba, Ibaraki
Institute of Vegetable and Floriculture Science, NARO
: Tsu, Mie
Institute of Livestock and Grassland Science, NARO
: Nasushiobara, Tochigi or Tsukuba, Ibaraki
National Institute of Animal Health, NARO
: NARO: Kagoshima, Kagoshima
Food Research Institute, NARO
: Tsukuba, Ibaraki
Institute of Agrobiological Sciences, NARO
: Tsukuba, Ibaraki
Institute of Crop Science, NARO
: Tsukuba, Ibaraki
Institute for Agro-Environmental Sciences, NARO
: Tsukuba, Ibaraki
Advanced Analysis Center, NARO
: Tsukuba, Ibaraki
Genetic Resources Center, NARO
: Tsukuba, Ibaraki

Number of positions

about 33 positions

Starting date

April 1st, 2018

2. Qualifications for application

  • Applicants must possess, or be scheduled to obtain, a doctoral degree prior to the date of employment.
  • Applicants should possess the knowledge, ability, and/or techniques necessary for employment as a member of the research scientist group responsible for the research theme of the intended post.
  • Applicants may be of any nationality, but communicative competence in either Japanese or English is necessary. In addition, applicants must acquire the status of residence for working at NARO prior to the date of employment.
  • In cases where applicants' publications and qualifications are evaluated as being equivalent, NARO will give precedence to the employment of women and foreign nationals for these posts.

* Except for the person who falls under any of the following

  • an adult ward or a person under curatorship
  • a person punished by imprisonment without compulsory labor or to a more severe penalty and the execution of said penalty has not yet been completed or has not yet expired

3. Compensation

Employment term

  • Three (3) years, in principle (April 1st, 2018 - March 31st, 2021)
  • Depending on the progress of the research theme, NARO may propose an extension of the employment term and, after examination, may extend the term up to two (2) years.
  • Tenure evaluation will not be carried out.


  • The basic monthly salary is 334,000yen, which may be increased based on the employee's career and research activities.
  • Bonus payment will be twice a year in accordance with the regulation of NARO.
  • Transport allowances, overtime compensation and any other* will be given in accordance with the regulation of NARO.
    * There are no dependency allowance and house allowance.
    * There is possibility that income will change due to a revision of regulation.

Employment Status

  • Work Days: From Mondays to Fridays
  • Work Hours: Discretionary labor system for professional work in principle
    * Flex time system is also available
  • Holidays: Every Saturday and Sunday, National holiday, 12/29 to 1/3
  • Paid Leave: Annual paid leave, Summer holidays, Sick leave, Marriage leave, Maternity leave and many other leave are offered based on the regulation of NARO.
  • Social Insurance:
    The Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Mutual Aid Associations,
    Employment insurance, Workers' compensation insurance, etc.


  • All employees can transfer departments.

4. Application documents

  • Entry sheet download the format 【Excel:59KB】
    File name: (Applicant' s family name)-1.pdf
    Example: Williams-1.pdf
  • Summary of current research and major
    achievements (1 page A4 size, free format
    File name (example): Williams-2.pdf
  • List of publications download the format 【Excel:23KB】
    File name (example): Williams-3.pdf
  • Major publications (no more than five, in one unified PDF file)
    File name (example): Williams-4.pdf
  • Your future ambitions (1 page A4 size, free format)
    File name (example): Williams-5.pdf
  • Recommendation letter (1 page A4 size, free format, including the name, affiliation, title, phone number, and e-mail address and signature of the recommending person) * NARO employees are unacceptable as the recommending persons.
    File name (example): Williams-6.pdf
  • Contact address of the applicant (1 page A4 size, free format, including postal address, phone, fax, and e-mail address)
    File name (example): Williams-7.pdf


Submitted documents are strictly protected under NARO's Privacy Policy, and will be used only for the purpose of applicant screening. Personal information will not be disclosed, transferred, or loaned to a third party under any circumstances without legitimate reasons. Documents will not be returned.

5. E-mail destination address

  • Documents should be submitted by e-mail to
    as attached PDF files.
  • Title of the e-mail:
    (Number of post)-(Family name of applicant)
    Example: P01-Williams
  • If you submit multiple applications, please send each by a separate e-mail.

6. Deadline

The documents must arrive by 13:00 on Wednesday, November 8th(P), 2017 (Japan standard time).

7. Screening

  • The selection committee of NARO will perform its initial evaluation based on the documents in the early to middle November(P) and will notify applicants of the result by November 22th(P), 2017.
  • The second evaluation (oral interview) will be carried out in Tsukuba City on one day between the early to middle December(P).

* The above dates are the currently scheduled dates and subject to change. NARO will inform applicants of any changes to the schedule.

8. Inquiries

Questions regarding employment at NARO should be addressed to Department of Personnel Management, National Agriculture and Food Research Organization (NARO).

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