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Various staff members are employed at NAOJ. Depending on the content of the jobs, they are broadly classified in one of the following general categories.

Research and Academic Staff

Research and Academic Staff widely engages in research activity on astronomy. NAOJ’s Research and Academic Staff not only pursues individual research but is also involved in a wide range of tasks, such as management of the projects; developing and operating the large telescopes and astronomical observation instruments; or using its specialized knowledge for public relations. As the host institute of the Department of Astronomical Science, the Graduate University for Advanced Studies (SOKENDAI), NAOJ provides research guidance and education to not only students in that department, but also to students studying astronomy at other universities as well.

There are both fixed-term and permanent positions. In many cases, Research and Academic Staff are recruited through public advertisement of the posts, which require a degree related to astronomy.

There is also a staff recruitment system called the NAOJ Fellowship targeting highly qualified independent young researchers.

NAOJ Fellow Recruitment

Engineering Staff

Based on expert knowledge, engineering staff members provide technical support for research activities such as maintenance of large telescopes; development and design of astronomical observation instruments and software; or management, maintenance, and operation of network infrastructure.

There are both fixed-term and permanent positions. For permanent positions, new appointments will be selected from candidates who pass the National University Recruitment Examination or through public advertisement. In principle, fixed-term employees are recruited through public advertisement of the posts.

Administrative Staff

Administrative Staff provide support for research activities and institutional operation, such as conference organization; personnel, salary, and labor management; research support; graduate school education support; internationalization facilitation; financial management; procurement of supplies and equipment; or management and maintenance of buildings and accessory facilities.

There are both fixed-term and permanent positions. For permanent positions, new appointments will be selected from candidates who pass the National University Recruitment Examination or through public advertisement. In principle, fixed-term employees are recruited through public advertisement of the posts.