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 based on 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 the planning and drafting of policy by the government, including the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry.

  1. Introduction of and advice based on relevant domestic and foreign studies to policy authorities, and exchange of opinions in the policy-making process.
  2. Theoretical and empirical evaluation and analysis of policy effects
  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)
Contract period: April 1st, 2024, to March 31st, 2025, in principle.
(It is possible to commence either earlier or later than April 2024, depending on results of further discussion.)
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 available for a portion of work hours.

Qualification Requirements:

Applicant must meet the following requirements.

  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. Must have the skills to perform the necessary analysis for Evidence-Based Policy Making (EBPM)-related work. In particular, it is desirable to have experience in structural estimation and econometric model building.
  3. Have a strong interest in the actual policies of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry and other similar institutions.
  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 29th to January 3rd), 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, 2024)
The status of measures to prevent passive smoking:
No smoking indoors but designated outdoor smoking area exists.
Application Period:

Monday, December 4th, 2023 to Thursday, January 18th, 2024
(application documents must arrive within that period)

Commencing Date of Employment:

April 2024 in principle.
It is possible to commence either earlier or later than April 2024, based on results of further discussion.

Application Requirements (including shipping address):

【Documents for submission】

  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 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.