Employment Opportunities for Researchers

Announcement of recruitment of Full-time Fellow (Policy Economist)

The Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry (RIETI) invites applications for a full-time researcher position to provide evidence and advice, theoretical and empirical policy evaluation and analysis in the policy making process at policy authorities in relation to evidence-based policy making (EBPM) as promoted by the government as follows.

Job Description:

The following operations are for the purpose of providing academic evidence for policy planning and drafting by the government, including the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry.

  1. (1)Introduction and advice of relevant domestic and foreign studies to policy authorities, and exchange of opinions in the policy-making process.
  2. (2)Theoretical and empirical evaluation and analysis of policy effects
  3. (3)Writing and external dissemination of research papers.

*Research results (theses) related to these works shall belong to the individual researchers.

Position and Employment Period:

Full-time (with tenure: tenure-track)
Fixed-term labor contract (contract renewed annually)
After 5 years of continuous service, there is a conversion system to a permanent employment contract based on performance review. Please contact us for details.
No probationary period

Job Title:

Fellow (Policy Economist) or Senior Fellow (Policy Economist)

Number of recruits:



11th floor, Annex, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI)
1-3-1, Kasumigaseki Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, 100-8901 JAPAN
Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry
*Telecommuting is also being implemented to prevent the spread of the COVID-19.

Qualification Requirements:

Applicant must meet the following requirements

  1. (1)Ph.D. in applied economics (including any one of international economics, industrial organization, labor economics, urban economics, public economics, public finance), econometrics, statistics or other similar fields at graduate schools in Japan or overseas (including doctoral candidates who are nearing completion of the Ph.D). Or have research achievements (theses) and equivalents and have experience in survey research related to economy, industry, trade, energy, labor or other similar field at a university or research institution.
  2. (2)Have the necessary econometric analysis skills for work related to EBPM.
  3. (3)Have a strong interest in the actual policies of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry and other similar institutions.
  4. (4)Applicants must have ability to communicate in Japanese and English
Working hour:
7.5 hours a day.
(Discretionary labor system for professional work will be applied)
6,300,000 yen~
Based on an annual salary system, it will be determined based on ability, experience and performance
Commuting allowance:
Social insurance:
Join a mutual aid association
Closed on Saturdays, Sundays, national holidays, year-end and New Year holidays (December 29 to January 3), and the establishment anniversary of RIETI
Annual paid leave:
Granted on the date of employment in accordance with the Employment Regulations for Employees of RIETI (15 days for employee who start on April 1st, 2023)
The status of measures to prevent passive smoking:
No smoking indoors but designated outdoor smoking area exists
Application Period:

Monday, December 5, 2022 to Thursday, January 19, 2023
(application documents must arrive within that period)

Commencing Date of Employment:

April 2023 in principle.
It is possible to commence either earlier or later than April 2023, based on further discussion

Application Requirements (including shipping address)

[Submission documents]

  1. Curriculum Vitae and list of major research achievements (free format)
  2. Recent research papers (free format)
  3. The name and contact information of the person who referred the applicant regarding his/her achievements.

[Submission method]

Please send by mail or e-mail to the contact address below (Please note the application documents will be kept confidential but will not be returned)

Selection method:
Primary selection:
Document review, Research paper review
Secondary selection:
Interview (conducted as needed for those who have passed the primary selection)
Only those who pass the document screening will be contacted, and then an interview will be conducted. The method and date of the interview will be determined based on the situation of COVID-19, and the person in charge will directly inform the first successful applicants

11th floor, Annex, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI)
1-3-1, Kasumigaseki Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, 100-8901 JAPAN
Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry
Administration Group Human Resources Division

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Please send inquiries to the above e-mail address. We will not be able to answer any questions regarding the results of the selection process