A unique characteristic of APERC is its staff of visiting researchers, one from each economy in principle. APERC seeks to have researchers with knowledge of the energy situation in every APEC economy and, therefore, APERC recruits researchers from all 21 APEC economies. Researchers come to Tokyo to work for a minimum of one year but typically stay for several years, with the length of service mutually determined by the researcher and APERC.
APERC recruits its researchers both by seeking nominations from APEC member economy governments and directly receiving individual candidacies on its website.
Qualifications for APERC researcher vary from position to position but typically include the following:
- knowledge of energy economics, ideally including energy demand and supply modelling;
- good computer skills, especially in working with software for energy modelling or data analysis;
- knowledge of the energy situation in their home economy and one or two other APEC economies;
- good English language skills, especially in writing, as all of APERC's reports are written in English;
- relevant specialized energy knowledge and experience, such as energy efficiency, low-carbon energy technology, smart grids, or fossil energy resource assessment; and
- obviously, professional-level knowledge of the language of their home economy; knowledge of additional APEC member economy languages is a plus.
APERC can offer the researcher:
- A competitive Japanese tax-paid salary;
- rent-paid furnished apartment in Tokyo;
- 25 days a year of paid time off + 1 week of office closure over New Year + Japanese public holidays;
- initial and final relocation costs to and from Tokyo;
- family allowance and an allowance for children's educational expenses in Tokyo; and
- Japanese public health insurance.
At present, we do not have visiting researchers from the following economies. However, we are not currently recruiting due to budget constraints.
- Hong Kong, China
- Papua New Guinea