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Employment Opportunities

FY2018 [Climate Variability Prediction and Application Research Group (CVPARG), Application Laboratory (APL)]
Recruitment of a Project Scientist or Project Technical Scientist

Available Position JAMSTEC is recruiting one position as a Project Scientist or Project Technical Scientist
Recruiting Department Climate Variability Prediction and Application Research Group (CVPARG), Application Laboratory (APL)
Job Description We hereby solicit applications for a Project Scientist or Project Technical Scientist to work with us on a research project entitled, “Improvement of the 2-month lead prediction of the mean areal surface air temperature in the Kanto region (FY 2018–2019, Project Director Masami Nonaka)" supported by TEPCO Fuel and Power.

The successful applicant is expected to conduct research activities that require skills in R, FORTRAN, UNIX shell scripts, and common visualization software. Applicants also must be able to process data in formats widely used in the climate sciences (e.g., HDF and NetCDF).

We seek to develop probability-based predictions of mean areal temperatures and to perform hybrid statistical analyses of seasonally predicted and observed climate data.

[Relevant research fields]
Climate Science, Meteorology, Oceanography, Statistical Analyses, Computer Science, etc.
Job Type Project Scientist: To contribute to the project, a Project Scientist is expected to perform world-leading research independently and share the results through scientific publications.

Project Technical Scientist: To contribute to the project, a Project Technical Scientist is expected to take a leading role in research, technology development, and technology innovation.

*There may be a change in affiliation if the Agency is reorganized.
*At the time of appointment, the job type (Project Scientist or Project Technical Scientist) will be determined in accordance with JAMSTEC's bylaws.
Requirements Project Scientist: The successful applicant must have completed a Ph.D. and have a strong enough record to be a scientist in a closely related research field.

Project Technical Scientist: The successful applicant must have completed a Ph.D. and have a strong enough record to be a technical scientist in a closely related research field.

*Statistical skills for climate data analyses are essential.
*Persons of any nationality and either gender are encouraged to apply.
Work Place Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC)

Yokohama Institute of Earth Science,
3173-25 Showa-machi, Kanazawa-ku, Yokohama-city,
Kanagawa, 236-0001, Japan
Working Conditions & Contract Period (1) Number of positions:
1 position for a Project Scientist or Project Technical Scientist

(2) Type of contract:
Fixed-term employee

(3) Working Hours:
Discretionary labor system
 
(4) Contract Period:
Period of employment is from October 1, 2018 to March 31, 2019. *Appointment date is negotiable.
*One contract period is a maximum of 1 fiscal year.
*The contract period can be renewed but the total contract period is a maximum of 2 fiscal years (until March 31, 2020) depending on the progress of this research project.
*The contract period mentioned above will change according to budget of this project.
*In accordance with JAMSTEC’s bylaws, on reaching the age of 65 during an employed fiscal year, the contract period will expire at the end of the same fiscal year. This bylaw may change. 
*This position is a non-tenure-track, fixed-term employee position.  
Salary Annual salary (paid in 1/12 equal monthly payments)
e.g. JPY 6,000,000
*Salary will be competitive in accordance with JAMSTEC's bylaws, with consideration of the academic qualifications and demonstrated research skills of the applicant.
*There is no bonus or retirement allowance.
Terms of Employment (1) Upon appointment, the successful applicant will receive relocation allowances in accordance with the JAMSTEC's bylaws.
(2) An allowance for commuting expenses will be provided.
(3) The employee and JAMSTEC will share the premiums for social insurance and labor insurance in the proportion specified by current statute.
(4) The JAMSTEC employee cooperative provides various subsidies for mutual aid and welfare services.
(5) A housing lease service is available in accordance with JAMSTEC’s bylaws.
(6) Holidays and vacations: Saturdays, Sundays, public holidays, year-end, and New Year's holidays. Annual vacations with pay, special vacations, leave of absence to care for a family member, and maternity leave are provided.
Application Procedure 1) Required documents
a) A CV (1 copy). Valid E-mail and home addresses must be provided.
b) A summary of your research (1 copy, A4 size, 1 page).
c) Your research plan at JAMSTEC (1 copy, A4 size, 1 page).
d) Publication (achievement) list including thesis titles (1 copy).
*Please list publications in refereed (peer-reviewed) journals separately from unrefereed publications (1 copy).
e) A list of competitive research funds awarded to the applicant (1 copy).
*If you have not been awarded any, include "none" in the list.
f) 2 (or fewer) representative publications (1 copy).
g) 2 letters of recommendation from two senior research scientists (1 letter from each). The person providing the recommendation should send the letter to JAMSTEC directly by POST or E-mail. In the case of E-mail, a signed letter in PDF format should be attached. The applicant’s name should be specified on the envelope or in the title of the E-mail. Letters of recommendation written by a JAMSTEC employee or a JAMSTEC visiting scientist will not be accepted.

(2) Submission:
The required documents must be sent by POST or E-mail and should reach JAMSTEC on or before the closing date.
*Please write "PERSONNEL, APL TEPCO Project Scientist/Project Technical Scientist" (in red) on the front of the envelope. Registered mail is recommended for confirming receipt of your application (no acknowledgement will be provided).
*If you send an application via E-mail, all files must be converted to PDF format. E-mail attachments can be up to 25 MB. Please include "Recruitment for APL TEPCO Project Scientist/Project Technical Scientist" in the title.

(3) Interview and appointment
Applicants will be selected based on submitted application material, followed by an interview. Currently, interviews are scheduled after late September 2018. The successful applicant is expected to join us on October 1, 2018.
Closing Date August 13,2018 at 5:00 p.m. in Japan time (The application documents must arrive at JAMSTEC by this date.)
*If there are fewer applications than expected, the closing date may be extended.
*All the required documents, including the letter of recommendation, must arrive at JAMSTEC by the closing date.
Contact (application documents must be sent to this address) Human Resources Division, Human Resources Dept., JAMSTEC
2-15 Natsushima-cho, Yokosuka city, Kanagawa
237-0061 Japan
TEL: +81-46-867-9598 FAX: +81-46-867-9095
(E-mail: recruit-app[at]jamstec.go.jp)
*Please replace [at] with @ when addressing E-mails.
*For inquiries by E-mail, please include APL TEPCO Project Scientist/Project Technical Scientist in the title.)
Remarks (1) Submitted documents will not be returned to the applicant.
(2) Submitted documents will be managed safely according to strict rules. Personal information received during the recruiting process will be used only for recruitment screening and appointment procedures and not for any other purposes.
(3) The successful applicant should submit a certificate documenting his/her health upon appointment.
(4) Withdrawal of the application must be done by written notice.
(5) The above conditions may be changed at the discretion of the agency.
(6) For non-Japanese speakers, the interview and daily work will be conducted in English.
Note The Japanese government encourages social advancement of women. In accordance with this principle and under the JAMSTEC’s principle of gender equality, in this call for applicants, JAMSTEC encourages all qualified female researchers to apply. If a male and a female applicant are evaluated equally, we will select the female applicant.