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Research & Development Group

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Focusing on future innovation to create a new era

With social innovation as a key pillar, Hitachi strives to grow in global markets. To respond to various problems of customers or increasingly complicated global social issues, we provide optimized solutions by combining the technologies of various social infrastructures and information technology (IT). The Research & Development Group is creating innovative products and services by developing next-generation technology and combining it with technologies we have nurtured for years. Both domestic and foreign researchers having expertise in various fields are working together to promote R&D. The Group is looking for people with a challenging spirit who want to create new products to change the world, and people who are interested in a variety of disciplines beyond their own research fields.

*For a movie introducing the Research & Development Group, please visit:
http://www.hitachi.co.jp/rd/recruit/index.html

Nine deepening technological fields

Nine deepening technological fields

The Hitachi Group has a history of product development over 100 years. To deliver the performance and reliability that customers require, the Research & Development Group has constantly made technological innovations. Our accumulated technology covers nine fields: Energy, Electronics, Machinery, Materials, Systems, Information & Communication, Control, Production and Healthcare.
To develop this wealth of technology further, we have established 36 technological platforms. Through application and fusion beyond product borders, we generate fresh ideas based on customers' issues and turn them into reality, thereby producing innovative products and services.

*For more information on each technological field, please visit:
http://www.hitachi.co.jp/rd/portal/area/index.html?kw=CTI

Job openings

  • Research and Development
  • Product Development
  • System Engineer (SE)
  • Manufacturing Engineer
  • Quality Assurance
  • Technical Sales
  • Intellectual Property Management
  • Other

By graduation faculty/ department

  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Electric/ Electronic/ Communications Engineering
  • Computer Sciences
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Mathematics
  • Industrial And Management Engineering
  • Civil Engineering/ Construction/ Environmental Engineering
  • Energy/ Resource Engineering
  • Other

Business Fields

  • Power Systems
  • Industry & Distribution Systems
  • Water Systems
  • Urban Planning & Development Systems
  • Railway Systems
  • Finantial Information Systems
  • Government & Public Corporation Information Systems
  • Information & Telecommunication Systems
  • Healthcare
  • Home Appliances
  • Automotive Systems
  • Electronic Devices

Business Activites

Energy and power

Energy and power

Research and development of leading-edge technologies from power generation to consumption in the energy supply chain produces secure and reliable management systems and high-value application solutions to create a comfortable and affluent society.

[Main Research Areas]

Energy transmission and management systems (analysis and control of electric power systems as well as power distribution equipment and systems), energy utilization systems (superconducting magnets for MRI), CO2-free power generation systems (wind power and nuclear power)

Mechatronics

Mechatronics

Constructing service business platforms implementing system application/maintenance and information provision by innovating in manufacturing with new mechatronics combining mechanical technology and ICT, creating products the leave a deep impression, and analyzing the user’s voice and state of action.

[Main Research Areas]

◆Technology foundation: Analysis/authenticity technology (measurement, advanced analysis and data analytics relating to thermal fluid, strength, tribology, vibration and noise, etc.), railroad/construction machinery system technology (safety analysis, autonomous control, people flow simulation, system integration), robotics technology (automatic automation, motion control, precision instrument systems, micromechanics)
◆Products/services: Railroad carriage/train control systems, construction machinery, industrial/precision machinery, consumer electronics/refrigeration air-conditioning equipment, human symbiosis/autonomous robots

Materials

Materials

The evolution of materials and manufacturing technology is essential in order to make products supporting social infrastructure that are highly efficient and highly reliable. Through research & development combining Material Science with MI (Material Informatics) technology, we are continuously creating new materials/digital manufacturing technologies to support product evolution. We also push the social innovation business with material technologies by extending application to all kinds of products.

[Main Research Areas]

Highly functional materials (inorganic materials, organic materials, metal materials, life science materials, composite materials), material processes, material simulation, chemical engineering, biotechnology, and related plant control, etc.

Controls

Controls

Contributing to realization of a comfortable and safe society that places minimal burden on the global environment, smartly resolving complicated social issues through highly reliable control/image recognition/analytics technology and innovative electric/electric power conversion products.

[Main Research Areas]

Electric systems (motor control, small high-efficiency motors), power electronics (electric power conversion control, energy management, circuit architecture, packaging), state recognition (image recognition, data analysis), intelligent system control (highly reliable architecture, intelligence control, controllers, embedded software)

Digital technology field

Digital technology field

We contribute to expansion of social innovation business through R&D for digital technology supporting social infrastructure, including data science, storage systems, connectivity and cloud computing, etc.

[Main Research Areas]

Data science, data engineering, data storage systems, computing systems, connectivity technology, wireless engineering technology, IoT application development technology, blockchain application and management technology, cloud data center application and management technology

Electronics

Electronics

We are working on R&D to bring about affluent living and society, such as sensing devices and edge computing to realize a safe, smart society with peace of mind through IoT and AI, power devices aimed at producing a sustainable environment in harmony with the environment, and semiconductor device production equipment and electron microscopes, etc. supporting these electronics industries.

[Main Research Areas]

Sensor devices, signal processing algorithms/systems, wireless communications, machine learning, human sensing, AR/VR, power devices, semiconductor device manufacturing equipment, electronic microscopes, analog-digital circuits, components using light

Healthcare

Healthcare

We are working on R&D related to healthcare information, xenodiagnosis, image diagnosis and radiation therapy, etc. in order to create products/services/solutions contributing to improvement of healthcare quality and more appropriate medical expenses.

[Main Research Areas]

Healthcare data processing/analysis technology, bio-informatics, xenodiagnosis technology (blood tests, biomolecule detection, genetic examination/DNA sequencer, bacterial examination), image diagnosis technology (ultrasonic waves, MRI, CT, X-ray, optical topography), image diagnosis support technology (CAD), image processing technology, radiation therapy technology, cell processing technology, mass spectrometry technology

Systems

Systems

Leading the way to meet society's changing needs, Hitachi proposed original system concepts to the world upon which we based our R&D to create new systems and solutions that make a reliable, safe and comfortable society possible.

[Main Research Areas]

Social systems (traffic information control systems, energy/water service information systems, public/financial systems, etc.), artificial intelligence (machine learning, image/voice/language processing, data analytics, mathematical optimization), security (cyber/physical, authentication, encryption, biometrics), software engineering (enterprise system/embedded system development, specification verification, test automation), system architecture (autonomous distribution, blockchain)

Production engineering

Production engineering

We are engaged in research and development to innovate the manufacturing value chain via a production system that optimizes the global operation of the manufacturing industry and use of IT in the digital Monozukuri technologies of design, manufacture, inspection and measurement to achieve high efficiency and proper appropriate quality.

[Main Research Areas]

Supply chain management, production scheduling, robot systems, quality analysis, digital engineering, appearance inspection and measurement, material machining process CAE, electronic circuit mounting, electromagnetic interference suppression and low noise circuit design

Career Opportunities

  • Research & Development
    The scope of this job includes the development of technologies indispensable to business, materials research with specific goals, research linked to product development, or the development of integrated global systems. The engineers in R&D departments tackle an extremely wide range of subjects, extending from basic to applied research; people who are creative and keen to take on challenges are required. We have research centers in Japan, U.S., Europe, China, Singapore, India and Brazil.

Topics

Global Expansion

With structuring seven global research sites that includes Japan, we collaborate with overseas sites in the USA, Europe, China, Singapore, India and Brazil to develop top technologies and global research rooted in the needs of each region with leadership of local staff. Through collaboration with Hitachi's overseas research sites and joint research activities with universities, research institutes and businesses throughout the world, we conduct R&D globally. As well as aiming to improve research by taking advantage of the characteristics of each location, we are striving to undertake R&D that supports overseas business by establishing a real-time understanding of the needs of each market and providing corresponding feedback.

For more information on overseas sites, please refer to the following URL:http://www.hitachi.com/rd/about/location/index.html

The Kokubunji Site leads research supporting Hitachi's business and creation of new innovation

The Kokubunji Site leads research supporting Hitachi's business and creation of new innovation

The Kokubunji Site, surrounded by the greenery of Musashino, was established in 1942 on the basis of the idea of Hitachi’s founding president Namihei Odaira: “Tackle today’s issues together with carrying out research for targets 10 or 20 years hence.” Since then, it has contributed to the creation of major Hitachi businesses such as energy, semiconductors, computers and communications, by combining and developing three core technologies: measurement technology starting with the transmission electron microscope in 1942, electronics technology starting with transistor research in 1952, and computer technology starting with computer research in 1956. Today, together with creating new technology in fields such as digital technology (storage systems, cloud, big data, etc.), electronics (power devices, machine learning, signal processing, semiconductors, and applied optical systems, etc.) and healthcare (medical image diagnosis/medical information systems and biometric systems), etc., the site is also actively engaged in open innovation activities.
Also, in April 2019 a new research building will be completed to enable R&D with new work styles.

Contact
TEL : +81-(0)42-323-1111 (Human Resources Unit, General
Affairs Division, Kokubunji Site)
Contact : Kato, Ogawa
E-mail : recruit.chuken.wx@hitachi.com
Kokubunji Site location
Kokubunji District 280, Koigakubo 1-chome, Kokubunji-shi,
Tokyo 185-8601, Japan
http://www.hitachi.com/rd/about/location/crl/index.html

The Ibaraki Site supports social innovation, covering materials and key devices in social and living infrastructure.

The Ibaraki Site supports social innovation, covering materials and key devices in social and living infrastructure.

The Ibaraki Site is the research establishment with the longest history of any in the R&D Group, having been established in 1934. It develops innovative technology to resolve issues on a global scale, such as climate change and exhaustion of resources, and is passionate about realizing a sustainable society.
Examples of the Ibaraki Site's research areas include energy fields such as atomic energy, wind power and solar energy; energy conservation, resource-saving and recycling technology for automobiles, railroad, construction machinery, elevators, air-conditioning and consumer electronics equipment; and supporting batteries, motors, controls, robotics and new materials, etc. Researchers with specialist expertise in diverse fields combine their strengths to work on the creation of new technologies, from materials to systems, with the aim of successfully achieving big projects that are being carried out all over the world.

Contact
TEL : +81-(0)294-52-7506 (Human Resources Unit, General
Affairs Division, Ibaraki Site)
Contact :Kishida, Ito
E-mail : nikken_saiyou.hrl.er@hitachi.com
Ibaraki Site locations
http://www.hitachi.co.jp/rd/about/location/hrl/index.html

The Yokohama Site uses systems and “Monozukuri” technologies with a focus on R&D that prioritizes “synergy”

The Yokohama Site uses systems and “Monozukuri” technologies with a focus on R&D that prioritizes “synergy”

The Yokohama Site cooperates with research laboratories outside Japan to research IT and manufacturing technology to improve the added value of social innovation business combining both social infrastructure businesses such as transport, energy, finance and administration, etc., and information businesses such as storage systems, cloud and big data, etc. From manufacturing, embedded systems and IT platforms to systems and services, the site is focused on R&D that values synergy, making good use of ability to provide solutions that can be integrated.
With a basic policy of having a lively workplace staffed by young people through to veterans, this site closely cooperates with business divisions and quickly connects development technology to business.

Contact
TEL : 050-3183-7474, 050-3158-1165, 050-3196-0575 (General Affairs Unit, Yokohama General Affairs Department)
Contact: Wakatsuki, Yamauchi, Suzuki
E-mail : saiyo@rdgml.intra.hitachi.co.jp
Yokohama Site addresses
http://www.hitachi.co.jp/rd/about/location/yrl/index.html

Photo album

Kokubunji Site

  • An aerial view of the Kokubunji Site

    An aerial view of the Kokubunji Site

  • “Hen-Jin” Bridge ? The name of the bridge means “returning to a devoted heart”, with “Jin” being the heart (in relation the “compassion” represented by the main gate of Kokubunji Site) and “Hen” meaning “return”.

    “Hen-Jin” Bridge - The name of the bridge means “returning to a devoted heart”, with “Jin” being the heart (in relation the “compassion” represented by the main gate of Kokubunji Site) and “Hen” meaning “retur”.

  • Kokubunji Site main gate

    Kokubunji Site main gate

  • Kokubunji Site main gate in winter

    Kokubunji Site main gate in winter

  • The gardens in spring

    The gardens in spring

  • The gardens in autumn

    The gardens in autumn

  • Young researchers get together to celebrate for the results of research undertaken

    Young researchers get together to celebrate for the results of research undertaken

  • Internal Research Presentation Day held at the research laboratory ? The photograph shows the exhibition hall

    Internal Research Presentation Day held at the research laboratory - The photograph shows the exhibition hall

  • Researches carried out in the previous year has been fruitful which can be seen through the various awards won - The photograph shows the Masuda Award of the Nikkan Kogyo Shimbun

    Researches carried out in the previous year has been fruitful which can be seen through the various awards won - The photograph shows the Masuda Award of the Nikkan Kogyo Shimbun

  • Summer festival event at the research laboratory ? The band playing in the photograph is formed by staff

    Summer festival event at the research laboratory - The band playing in the photograph is formed by staff

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Ibaraki Site

  • Our laboratory with over 1,000 staff. Our diversified team will be looking forward to work with you

    Our laboratory with over 1,000 staff. Our diversified team will be looking forward to work with you

  • Exterior of Ibaraki Site(Ohmika area)

    Exterior of Ibaraki Site(Ohmika area)

  • Exterior of Ibaraki Site (Katsuta area)

    Exterior of Ibaraki Site (Katsuta area)

  • In the workplace

    In the workplace

  • An experiment in progress

    An experiment in progress

  • Discussions between employees, regardless of position title or research field

    Discussions between employees, regardless of position title or research field

  • The library in Ibaraki Site. You can expect to pick up much -knowledge from the research reports left by our predecessors.

    The library in Ibaraki Site. You can expect to pick up much -knowledge from the research reports left by our predecessors.

  • A log-cabin style restaurant as an alternative to the staff canteen. A stylish interior where you can enjoy a slightly higher grade of cuisine.

    A log-cabin style restaurant as an alternative to the staff canteen. A stylish interior where you can enjoy a slightly higher grade of cuisine.

  • Cherry blossoms in full bloom

    Cherry blossoms in full bloom

  • A dusting of snow

    A dusting of snow

  • A view across the Pacific Ocean

    A view across the Pacific Ocean

  • Relay race

    Relay race

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Yokohama Site

  • Yokohama Site Administration Building

    Yokohama Site Administration Building

  • Yokohama Site South Building

    Yokohama Site South Building

  • Yokohama Site East Building

    Yokohama Site East Building

  • Researchers discussing research topics

    Researchers discussing research topics

  • Women researchers engaged in a discussion.

    Women researchers engaged in a discussion.

  • An experiment in progress

    An experiment in progress

  • Various specialists engaged in cooperative research activities<

    Various specialists engaged in cooperative research activities

  • There are a variety of in-house lectures and debates at Yokohama Site

    There are a variety of in-house lectures and debates at Yokohama Site

  • In-house summer festival event in which family members of staff can participate

    In-house summer festival event in which family members of staff can participate

  • Year-end awards ceremony honoring the achievements of the year

    Year-end awards ceremony honoring the achievements of the year

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etc.

Number of employees

A total of 2,700

Address / Contact Information / Entry

Contact Information

TEL : 050-3183-7474
Wakatsuki, Saito

E-mail : RDG.recruit@rdgml.intra.hitachi.co.jp

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