JAXA Aerospace Project Research Associate Recruitment

JAXA is seeking for outstanding young researchers who participates in various aerospace projects with specialized knowledge which promote JAXA projects more effectively and efficiently.

*Japanese proficiency is not a requirement to perform research work for research themes listed on this page. On the other hand, although proficiency in Japanese is not strictly a work requirement in JAXA, please note that Japanese is the primary working language for JAXA. Japanese proficiency may not be critical for you to perform your work, but is highly likely to be very useful at professional and personal occasions.

Research Themes

*Please refer to the list of research themes by clicking above.

Research themes that have been solicited in the pasts


Applicants must possess Ph.D. or equivalent (completion of the degree within 5 years of hiring date)
However, rest period before and after childbirth and child care leave of absence or other special circumstances will be excluded in calculation.
※A person who was previously hired as Aerospace Project Research Associate is not eligible to this position. (This item will apply even when the research theme is different with research theme during previous employment)

Open Period

Open until the vacancy is filled.
* Each research theme may set a closing date after a certain progress in the selection. Please check the announcements in each website above.


Aerospace Project Research Associate (fixed-term staff)
* Applicants will not be hired as a permanent employee after the term of service.

Starting Date of Employment

Within 4-6 months after approving JAXA's offer. (negotiable)
*Except for Border Enforcement Measures or other unforeseeable events, the job offer may be rescinded if the candidate does not commence employment within 6 months after the hiring date agreed by both parties. *As previously stated on the top of this page, please note that candidates may also receive a job offer with expiration date.


1 vacancy for each research theme

How to Apply

(1) Pre-Apply

You may begin the process of submitting your resume by clicking each title of the Research Theme above. Please read “How to Pre-Apply” pdfcarefully beforehand, since the online application contain Japanese text.
You will need to download and fill in the “Required Documents” below in order to complete your resume.
Failure to submit the supplemental data and a resume that contains all the required information may result in loss of consideration for positions in which you are interested.
Once you submit your resume to JAXA, you will be asked to complete an On-Demand Interview. You must submit the video in order to be considered.
DO NOT submit your resume directly to JAXA supervisor nor HR Office. JAXA does not accept resumes or documents attached through email.
* Please note that you are not able to pre-apply during 1a.m.~5a.m.(JST) on the third Thursday of each month due to regular system maintenance. Thank you for avoiding the certain time.

(2)  Apply (On-Demand Interview)

An On-Demand Interview is a one-way video recording in which you are required to answer set questions. Specific instructions will be announced after your resume is submitted. You must finish the entire process in order to have a complete application package and receive consideration.

(3) 1st Selection

JAXA will evaluate based on your submitted resume and on-demand interview.
You can normally expect to learn the outcome of the selection process within approximately 1 month, however it may vary depending on each individual.

(4) 2nd Selection (Online-Interview)

If you are found to be a highly qualified candidate, you will be contacted for an online-interview. The online-interview will be held once.
You can normally expect to learn the outcome of the selection process within approximately 1 month, however it may vary depending on each individual.

Required Documents

Download the documents below to complete your resume. Please note that there are upload limitation of 20MB for each file.

FORM 1 Research Plan word
FORM 2 Research Achievements word
FORM 3 Summary of Representative Thesis word
FORM 4 Letter of Recommendation word
* Letter of Recommendation must be attached by the applicant or sent by the recommender by email ( "jaxacareer*jaxa.jp ". Please change * to @)
If you do not send a Letter of Recommendation, your application will be invalid.

Terms of Employment

  • Annual Income
    Approximately JPY 4,500,000
    * May change due to the recommendation by the Natl. Personnel Authority.

  • Benefits
    Commuting, Housing, Achievement, Year-end allowances.
  • Research funding
    Researcher may receive research funding specific to such individual researcher.
  • Working Days
    Monday - Friday, 9:30a.m. - 5:45 p.m. (Lunch-time 12:15 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.)
  • Holidays
    Weekends, Japanese National Holidays, New Years Holiday (12/29-1/3), Annual Leave (20days), Work-Life-Balance Leave (7days), Maternity Leave, etc.
  • Lodging
    Provided according to individual circumstances, or housing allowance will be paid according to JAXA regulations.
  • Social Insurances
    The Science and Technology Health Insurance Society, Industrial Accident Compensation Insurance, Employment Insurance, JAXA Benefit Association


  • Contract of employment will be concluded each fiscal year.
  • Applicants will not be hired as a permanent employee after the term of service.
  • Employment period may be extended up to 3 years (up to 5 years depending on research theme), after considerations of research evaluation by end of fiscal year. (Total employment period may be extended to 10 years for inclusion childcare leave or equivalent leave of absence)
  • Total employment period will be up to 5 years for the longest, if the applicant is already employed to JAXA as an invited personnel or other fixed-term staff (except for Aerospace Research Project Associate).


  • JAXA may ask for submission of additional documents during the selection.
  • Submitted application documents are will not be returned.
  • Travel expenses for the interview will not be provided from JAXA.
  • Submission of documents proving that the applicant currently holds proper visa in Japan (Residence card or equivalent) is required prior to the starting date of employment. (Assistance with the applicant's and dependent's visa application procedure and visa application cost incurred will be provided by JAXA).
  • Applicants must leave the current job by the starting date of employment.
  • Applicants cannot be enrolled in the graduate school after employed by JAXA
  • Travel expense and moving cost reimbursement during intake will be reimbursed based on internal regulations. (Travel expenses and moving cost reimbursement other than during intake will not be provided)
  • Applicants should submit a refusal notice to JAXA as soon as possible if s/he declines the post after getting an acceptance notification.

Privacy Policy

  • JAXA shall use application information for the following purposes:
    (1) To screen the Applicant for recruitment;
    (2) To create statistical and analytical materials for future recruitment activities; and
    (3) To manage prospective employees and to manage employees after joining JAXA.
  • JAXA shall not use application information for any purpose other than those above nor provide application information to any third party except under the following cases:
    (1) Prior consent has been obtained by the Applicant;
    (2) Disclosure is legally required under laws and regulations;
    (3) The information will be used in the form of statistical data that cannot identify individuals; or
    (4) The information will be provided to a subcontractor with whom JAXA has concluded an agreement prohibiting the subcontractor from using the information for any purpose other than the entrusted business.
  • Any Applicant applying from within the European Economic Area must mail a HARD COPY of a written Consent form for handling personal information based on GDPR.pdf

Contact Information

  • Please check our FAQ beforehandpdf
  • For general inquiries;
    Human Resources Office : jaxacareer*jaxa.jp (change * to @)
    Please enter "JAXA Aerospace Project Research Associate Recruitment" in the subject line and send.
  • For specific inquiries about the research theme;
    See the contact information on each research theme site.
  • For mailing "Consent form for handling personal information based on GDPR";
    4-6 Kanda Surugadai, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, 101-8008
    JAXA Human Resources Office, Career Support