NAOJ Fellow Recruitment
The National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (NAOJ), National Institutes of Natural Sciences has a staff recruiting system called National Astronomical Observatory of Japan Fellowship (NAOJ fellows) for highly qualified independent young researchers.
- No general duties. The successful candidates can focus on their research/development plans.
- Because the contract term is 5 years in principle, the fellows can pursue outstanding research based on a long-term research plan.
- Annual research funds of 1,000,000 JPY.
- Eligible to apply for the Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research.
We welcome ambitious young researchers who will use their research at NAOJ to open new frontiers in astronomy and become world-leaders in those new fields.
- Research areas
- Astronomy, development of astronomical instruments, or related fields.
- Job description
- Depends on the successful candidates’ research plans.
- Doctor’s degree or expected to obtain doctor’s degree by the first day of this appointment.
- NAOJ Mitaka Campus (Osawa, Mitaka, Tokyo), Mizusawa Campus (Hoshigaoka, Mizusawa, Oshu, Iwate), NAOJ Nobeyama Campus (Nobeyama, Minamimakimura, Minamisaku, Nagano), Subaru Telescope (Hilo, Hawaiʻi, U.S.A.), or NAOJ Chile Observatory (Santiago, Chile).
- In principle, the term is five years from the day of arrival.
- Recruitment process (scheduled)
- Application period: August to Mid-September
Document selection: Mid-September to late October
Interview: Late October
Hiring decision: Early November
Working Conditions of Employment
- Employee on Annual Salary System
- Position title
- Project Assistant Professor (NAOJ Fellow, Employee on Annual Salary System)
- Affiliated division
- Project, Center, or Division to which the supervisor belongs
- 6,600,000 JPY per annum (one-twelfth of it payable each month) plus compensation for commuting expenses.
- Daily work schedule
- Flex-time system. Basically 8:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. (60 minutes break)
- Every Saturday, Sunday, National Holidays, and New Year’s Holiday (Dec. 29 to following Jan. 3)
- 20 days of annual leave, summer vacation, special leave for weddings and funerals, etc (all paid).
- Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Mutual Aid Association (health insurance), welfare annuity insurance, employment insurance, and workmen’s compensation insurance.
- Personal transfer allowance
- Paid (with conditions)
- In case of working overseas
- In the case of relocating to work at Subaru Telescope (Hilo, Hawaiʻi) from outside Hawaiʻi, U.S.A. or at NAOJ Chile Observatory (Santiago) from outside Chile, you will be paid an allowance in addition to the annual salary written above.
If you work at Subaru Telescope (Hilo, Hawaiʻi), you will be employed through the Research Corporation of the University of Hawaii (RCUH). Salaries and allowances will be paid in US dollars.
New Career after the NAOJ Fellowship
Next Employer after the NAOJ fellowship
|Classification||Number of people|
|National, public, private universities, colleges, and the attached research institutes||4|
|Domestic research institutions such as Incorporated Administrative Agencies and Inter-University Research Institute Corporations||4|
|Overseas universities/research institutions etc.||0|
Examples of Next Employers: The University of Tokyo, Kyoto University, Ehime University, NAOJ
Next Position after the NAOJ fellowship
|Classification||Number of people|
|Professors/Associate Professors (includes temporary and annual salary employees)||2|
|Assistant Professors (includes temporary and annual salary employees)||5|
|Research fellows and postdocs (regular employees and part time employees)||1|
|Lecturers at university and other institutes (regular employees and part time employees)||0|
|Other research and education related jobs||0|
|2018||Shimakawa, Rizumu||Subaru Telescope|
|Suzuki, Akihiro||Division of Theoretical Astronomy|
|2017||Izumi, Takuma||Subaru Telescope|
|Kataoka, Akimasa||Division of Theoretical Astronomy|
|Hull, Charles L H (Chat)||NAOJ Chile Observatory|
|Shirasaki, Masato||Division of Theoretical Astronomy|
|2016||Hayashi, Masao||Subaru Telescope|
|Okamoto, Joten||NAOJ Chile Observatory|
|Ogihara, Masahiro||Division of Theoretical Astronomy|
|Moriya, Takashi||Division of Theoretical Astronomy|
(Note) This is a record as of 2016.