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FY2018[Department of Marine Biodiversity Research]
Recruitment of Scientist or Technical Scientist

Available Positions JAMSTEC is recruiting a total of 1 position as a tenure-track Scientist or Technical Scientist.
Recruiting Department Department of Marine Biodiversity Research (BIO-DIVE)
Job Description Department of Marine Biodiversity Research (BIO-DIVE), JAMSTEC is soliciting applications for a full-time TENURE-TRACK position as Scientist or Technical Scientist. The successful applicant will be engaged in the medium-term plan.

Details of the research can be found at http://www.jamstec.go.jp/bdive/e/

[Research Description]
Department of Marine Biodiversity Research (BIO-DIVE) aims to enhance our understanding of the mechanisms and processes of marine eukaryotic evolution, including those involving deep-sea eukaryota and deep-sea ecosystem structures. It also aims to evaluate the impact of human activities on these types of marine ecosystems and to contribute to society by conveying knowledge obtained through this research. Our main research tools include remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) and human occupied vehicles (HOVs) for deep-sea research. We are recruiting for the positions of Scientist and Technical Scientist to perform research using these tools to study the diversity and ecology of deep-sea eukaryotes, as well as the social problems that may be addressed through knowledge of deep-sea ecosystems.

[Job Specification]
The successful applicant will have a thorough understanding of the diversity and ecology of deep-sea eukaryotes. This knowledge is fundamental to understanding the overall picture of deep-sea ecosystems, processes for marine eukaryotic evolution, and means by which knowledge of deep-sea ecosystems can contribute to solving social problems. These positions require basic skills in both ecology and phylogenetics, as well as advanced scientific techniques in these fields. The successful applicant will advance their research agenda while participating in international projects.

[Relevant Research Fields]
ecology; phylogenetic systematics; oceanography; physiology; molecular biology; engineering; and related fields
Job Type Scientist: To contribute to the Agency, a Scientist should be able to perform world-leading research as an independent scientist and share the results through scientific publications.

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

*There may be a change in affiliation in the case of reorganization of the Agency.
*At the time of hiring, the position (Scientist or Technical Scientist) will be determined in accordance with the bylaws of JAMSTEC.
Requirements Scientist: The successful applicant must have a Ph.D. and a strong record in a closely related research field.

Technical Scientist: The successful applicant must have a Ph.D. and a strong record in a closely related research and development field.

*Persons of any nationality and either gender are encouraged to apply.
Work Place Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC)
Yokosuka Headquarters
2-15 Natsushima-cho, Yokosuka-city, Kanagawa 237-0061 JAPAN
Working Conditions & Contract Period (1) Number of positions:
1 position for a Scientist or Technical Scientist

(2) Type of contract
Tenure-track fixed-term employee

(3) Working Hours
Discretionary labor system

(4) Contract Period
April 1, 2018 to March 31, 2023.

*Appointment date is negotiable.
*1 contract period is a maximum of 5 fiscal years. The contract period will not be renewed.
*In accordance with the bylaws of JAMSTEC, on reaching the age of 65 years during an employed fiscal year, the contract period will expire at the end of the same fiscal year. This bylaw may change.
*After undergoing an evaluation during the period of employment, the contract could be modified to one without termination (termination of employment would be at the end of the fiscal year in which the employee reaches the age of 60, or 65 if the employee is rehired after his/her retirement). For details on this system, please contact Human Resources Division II.
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 are no bonus and retirement allowance.
Terms of Employment (1) Upon appointment, successful applicants will receive relocation allowances in accordance with the bylaws of JAMSTEC.
(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 the bylaws of JAMSTEC.
(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 email and home addresses must be provided.
*Please include contact information for 2 references. These persons should be someone other than the person mentioned in g) below and should not be employees or Visiting Scientists of JAMSTEC.
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 2 senior research scientists (1 letter from each). The person providing the recommendation should send the letter directly to JAMSTEC by POST. The applicant's name should be written on the envelope. Letters of recommendation written by a JAMSTEC employee or JAMSTEC Visiting Scientist will not be accepted.

(2) Submission
The required documents must be sent by POST and should reach JAMSTEC on or before the closing date. Documents in electronic format will NOT be accepted.
*Please write "PERSONNEL, FY2018 Fixed-term employee, BIO-DIVE" (in red) on the front of the envelope. Registered mail is recommended for confirming receipt of your application (no acknowledgement will be provided).

(3) Interview and appointment
Applicants will be selected based on submitted application material, followed by an interview. Currently, interviews are scheduled in December, 2017 or January, 2018. The successful applicant is expected to join us on April 1, 2018.

*A travel allowance is available for applicants from abroad, but only under certain circumstances.
Closing Date November 15, 2017 (The application documents must arrive at JAMSTEC by this date.)
*If there are fewer applications than expected, the closing date may be extended.
Contact (application documents must be sent to this address) Human Resources Division II, Human Resources Dept., JAMSTEC
2-15 Natsushima-cho, Yokosuka city, Kanagawa
237-0061 Japan
TEL: +81-46-867-9583 FAX: +81-46-867-9095
(E-mail: jinji2[at]jamstec.go.jp)
*Please replace [at] with @ when addressing e-mails.
*For inquiries by e-mail, please include " Recrutment for FY2018 Fixed-term employee, BIO-DIVE " 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)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.