About NII


Accepting Applications for Research and Education Staff Members at NII
(Recruitment of research and education staff members to work in science information infrastructure projects)


1. Title of position offered and number of openings:

Associate Professor or Assistant Professor Small number
(*Hiring as a professor may be considered in some cases.)

2. Time of hiring:

As soon as possible on or after April 1, 2021

3. Term of employment:

  • Five years
  • Depending on performance and other factors following hiring, an individual may be reappointed for a term of up to ten years when combined with the term prior to his/her reappointment. If an individual demonstrates particularly outstanding performance, he or she may be promoted or appointed to a position without a fixed term.

4. Working terms and conditions:

  • The work regulations and other regulations of the Research Organization of Information and Systems (ROIS) will apply.
  • In principle, salaries shall be determined based on the staff wage regulations of the Research Organization of Information and Systems. However, an annual salary system may be applied depending on the outcome of future studies by the ROIS.

5. Characteristics of NII and desired researchers:

The mission of the National Institute of Informatics (NII) is comprised of two important aspects. The first is to advance basic research that takes a long-term view in the academic discipline of "informatics" as well as practical research oriented toward resolving social issues as Japan's only general academic research institution. The second is to develop projects for the science information infrastructure required in research and educational activity throughout the academic community (e.g., network infrastructure, academic identity and access management infrastructure, cloud infrastructure, security infrastructure, and research data infrastructure) as an inter-university research institute, and to endeavor to develop human resources and make social and international contributions through those activities.

With this in mind, NII is currently looking to hire research and education personnel who will be involved with the science information infrastructure mentioned in the second aspect of NII's mission. The personnel desired are researchers who possess the strength of spirit to personally open up new avenues for Japan's science information infrastructure, who will drive R&D and practical application in cooperation with the academic community in Japan and abroad, and who are capable of contributing to society by promoting infrastructure use.

6. R&D fields and description of duties:

From among the following fields, please choose the one that comes closest to the area in which you wish to do R&D and note it in your Curriculum Vitae. (This list is not intended to delimit the fields in which you will work.)

  1. Science Information NETwork (SINET)
    Duties will include being involved in the design, construction, and operation of the new network infrastructure SINET6 (to begin operation in April 2022) and also proposing and developing next-generation network concepts, innovative network functions and new services, functions for more sophisticated network operation, etc. They will also include participating in joint research and development with SINET users in Japan and abroad, collaboration with educational institutions and medical institutions, etc.
    ( Website [for reference]: https://www.sinet.ad.jp/en/aboutsinet-en )
  2. Academic Access Management Federation in Japan (GakuNin)
    Duties will include being involved in GakuNin's operation while also taking charge of proposals and R&D for the sophistication of academic identity and access management infrastructure founded on GakuNin, service infrastructure that promotes academic activity in cyberspace, and other matters through authentication infrastructure/operation technologies, operation technologies for trust federations, etc. They will also include participating in international collaboration with Europe, the United States, and Asia as well as being involved in R&D and operations with universities and research institutions in Japan.
    ( Website [for reference]: https://www.gakunin.jp/en )
  3. Cloud infrastructure
    Duties will include handling R&D relating to software technologies for the collection, accumulation, and analysis of data using the cloud as well as to operation technologies for cloud infrastructure, and also proposing, developing, and applying new services using the results of R&D, with the aim of developing advanced research and education infrastructure that uses the cloud. They will also include involvement in joint research on cloud technologies and their fields of application with universities, research institutions, and others as well as in support for cloud adoption and use.
    ( Website [for reference]: https://cloud.gakunin.jp/ )
  4. Security infrastructure
    Duties will include developing new technologies without examining the content of communications, such as traffic behavior analysis and threat intelligence correlation analysis, given that the use of encryption in 60 to 80% of network communications is making it increasingly difficult to detect cyber threats with the conventional security measures, e.g. pattern matching. Duties will also include engaging in joint research on cybersecurity with researchers at research institutions that use SINET.
    ( Website [for reference]: https://www.nii.ac.jp/en/research/centers/cybersecurity/ )
  5. Research data infrastructure
    Duties will include the operation and development of the NII Research Data Cloud (NII RDC), which will start production operation in 2021. NII RDC aims to provide the virtual research environment to support the through research data life cycle. In addition to maintain the current services, the position has a chance to research, propose and develop the new service for data management and sharing. To extend user and developer communities, domestic and international collaboration skill is crucial to this position.
    ( Website [for reference]: https://rcos.nii.ac.jp/en/ )
  6. Education infrastructure
    Duties will include conducting R&D on common infrastructure designed to speedily upgrade educational ICT environments in Japan in terms of function and efficiency in anticipation of the advancing sophistication of online conferencing systems and learning management systems. Duties will also include being involved in activities oriented toward future production services, including the building of frameworks for developing analyzing, and sharing educational content and education data that are linked among universities.

7. Personal qualities, experience, etc.:

Successful applicants will have the qualities and drive necessary to conduct R&D on creative and innovative science information infrastructure in their respective fields.

8. Application eligibility:

In principle, persons who have earned or are expected to earn a doctoral degree.

9. Application documents:

  1. Curriculum Vitae (Appended Form 1)
    Indicate your desired R&D field and type of occupation (associate professor or assistant professor).
  2. Research and Development Achievements (Appended Form 2)
    List papers, writings, etc., in order starting with the most recent year of publication and attach three reprints (copies accepted) of works detailing three major achievements.
  3. Activities in Academic Societies (Appended Form 3)
  4. Activities in Field of Occupation (Appended Form 4)
  5. Social Activities (Appended Form 5)
  6. Recommendations/references
    Enclose any letters of recommendation you have. If you do not have a letter of recommendation, provide the names and contact information of persons who can serve as references concerning your achievements.
  7. Aspirations if selected
    Free-format (Please limit to around 2,000 words.)

*Please print all documents on one side of the paper only. (This does not apply to the reprints detailing three major achievements.) Use paper clips to keep papers together. Do not use staples.

Download Appended Forms 1 to 5 from the following links.

10. Application deadline

Applications must be received by Friday, December 25, 2020.

11. Selection procedure

Documentary examination and interview

  • NII will conduct interviews with applicants who have passed the documentary examination.
  • The interviews will be held on a date and time to be designated by NII between late January and mid-February.
  • No requests for a change in an interview's date or time will be accepted.
  • All expenses for travel, accommodation, etc., necessary to attend the interview will be borne by the applicant.

12. Notification of (tentative) acceptance or rejection:

NII will send notifications addressed to applicants to inform them of their (tentative) acceptance or rejection by around the last day of March 2021.

13. Inquiries

  1. Concerning application documents, personal requirements, etc.
    Personnel Team, General Affairs Section, General Affairs Department
    National Institute of Informatics, Research Organization of Information and Systems E-mail: koubo2020 [at] nii.ac.jp
  2. Concerning details of research and development
    National Institute of Informatics, Research Organization of Information and Systems
    Shigeo Urushidani, Deputy Director General (in charge of this matter)
    E-mail: koubo2020 [at] nii.ac.jp /li>

14. Send application documents to:

National Institute of Informatics, Research Organization of Information and Systems
2-1-2 Hitotsubashi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 101-8430
(*Be certain to send documents using a method that issues a delivery certificate. Documents sent by email or brought to NII will not be accepted.)

15. Other matters:

  • Write "Contains Application Documents" in red ink on the envelope and send it addressed to "Director General, National Institute of Informatics, Research Organization of Information and Systems" using a method that issues a delivery certificate (e.g., registered mail, a package-delivery service, etc.). (Do not send the envelope addressed to any other name.)
  • In principle, application documents will not be returned.
  • Concerning the handling of personal information
    NII will use personal information that has been submitted to it in connection with this application process for the purpose of selection only. NII will take responsibility for destroying all personal information, except that belonging to persons who have been hired as staff members, after the completion of selection.
    NII will use personal information belonging to persons who have been hired as staff members in various internal procedures, including hiring procedures relating to personnel affairs, labor affairs, and salaries as well as research and education.
  • The National Institute of Informatics actively recruits female researchers as a means of promoting gender equality. Accordingly, NII will actively choose women for the positions to be filled through this application process when it deems that applicants' achievements (e.g., research achievements, educational history, social contribution, etc.) are equal.
    Additionally, NII will take into account periods for taking maternity leave, childcare leave, and nursing care leave when making selections.
  • The National Institute of Informatics also considers employment based on the "cross-appointment" approach in the interest of promoting personnel exchanges with universities and other institutions in Japan and abroad.