The Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI), a government-sponsored research group, yesterday said that it is planning to recruit 500 research and development personnel this year to speed up the pace of innovation.
The institute said the recruitment campaign would be held in Taiwan and overseas at a time when it is aiming to build more than 100 new technology development platforms that could help Taiwan’s enterprises to upgrade.
According to the institute, the 500 research and development personnel would be assigned to a wide range of industries, including optoelectronics, software design, “smart” devices, robotics development, automotive systems, information and communications, integrated circuit design, biotechnology and energy.
The institute said that the new staff would use the government’s industrial initiatives guidelines, focusing on “green” energy, healthcare and “smart” life.
At the same time, the institute plans to help its existing staff upgrade their skills.
The ITRI’s employees are eligible for the institute’s on-the-job training or e-learning programs, the institute said.
High-ranking executives and staff who hold doctorates are encouraged to apply for overseas learning programs.
The institute said that it has set up a child minding center, a kindergarten and after-school learning facility inside its complex for employees with children. In addition, it is planning to provide a matchmaker service to help employees find a partner among their colleagues.
The ITRI said it has worked with five universities in Taiwan to provide its “iPickup” platform, which allows students to collect goods purchased online at any time.
The institute has installed “iPickup” at the National Chiao Tung University, National Taichung University of Science and Technology, Takming University of Science and Technology, Chung Hua University and Hsuan Chuang University campuses.
The facility looks like baggage lockers. People get a password when they complete a purchase with online vendors using the iPickup system and can then collect their items from the lockers on campus.
The system is expected to provide consumers with more convenience and flexibility in online shopping, the institute said.
The institute said it has plans for future expansion.
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