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FY2019 [Research and Development (R&D) Center for Earthquake and Tsunami (CEAT) etc., JAMSTEC Solid Earth Science Research Related Departments]
Recruitment for Principal Scientist or Principal Technical Scientist

Available Positions JAMSTEC is recruiting a total of two positions as a permanent employee Principal Scientist or Principal Technical Scientist.
Recruiting Departments Research and Development (R&D) Center for Earthquake and Tsunami (CEAT) etc., JAMSTEC Solid Earth Science Research Related Department
Job Description JAMSTEC invites applications for two research positions of solid earth sciences as Principal Research Scientist or Principal Technical Scientist.

[Research Description]
At JAMSTEC, we are working toward a comprehensive understanding of subduction zone dynamics and material/energy recycling in the Earth’s interior, which are fundamental causes of earthquakes, tsunamis, and volcanic activity in subduction zones. As a future direction of solid Earth sciences at JAMSTEC, we strive to constructively integrate our research projects and contribute to the mitigation of geohazards by applying our scientific knowledge of earthquakes, tsunamis, and volcanic activity.

Details of the research in the current medium-term plan can be found at;
https://www.jamstec.go.jp/ceat/e/
https://www.jamstec.go.jp/ods/e/
https://www.jamstec.go.jp/deep/e/
https://www.jamstec.go.jp/d_seg/e/

[Job Specification]
JAMSTEC seeks applicants who have successfully conducted research on at least one of the following topics:
1) Investigation of the nature of seismogenic zones based on marine geology and geophysics, in projects involving JAMSTEC’s research vessels and marine exploration systems.
2) Modeling/simulation of current and future plate coupling and tsunami generation and propagation, including the development of a seafloor geodesy and tsunami monitoring system.
3) Volcanic structure, submarine volcano activity and formation processes, Earth interior structure and material recycling, and oceanic plate formation processes.

Applicants are required to possess leadership skills in planning and conducting a research project, and producing outstanding scientific outcomes.

[Relevant Research Fields]
Geophysics, seismology, geology, petrology, geochemistry, and geodesy.
Job Type (The following description (1) and (2) provide position name and definition for the role for which we are currently recruiting.)

Scientist:
To contribute to the Agency, a Scientist should be able to perform world-leading research independently and share the results through scientific publications.
(1) Principal Scientist:
A Principal Scientist is expected to achieve world-leading research results as a research expert representing JAMSTEC, and to improve quality and efficiency of JAMSTEC’s research results (Buildup of information and cultivation of human resources included). In addition, A Principal Scientist is also expected to support and cooperate with external affiliated organizations actively, and provide appropriate advice and recommendation over a decision-making on JAMSTEC’s management that requires advanced expertise.

Technical Scientist:
To contribute to the Agency, a Technical Scientist is expected to take a leading role in research, technology development, and technology innovation.
(2) Principal Technical Scientist:
A Principal Technical Scientist is expected to achieve world-leading innovative research and technology development results as a research and development expert representing JAMSTEC, and to improve quality and efficiency of JAMSTEC’s research and development results as well as technological achievements (Buildup of information and cultivation of human resources included). In addition, a Principal Technical Scientist is also expected to support and cooperate with external affiliated organizations actively, and provide appropriate advice and recommendation over a decision-making on JAMSTEC’s management that requires advanced expertise.

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

Principal Technical Scientist:
The successful applicant must have completed a Ph.D. and have a strong enough record to be a principal technical scientist in a closely related research 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
or
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:
2 positions as Principal Scientist or Principal Technical Scientist

(2) Type of contract
Permanent employee

(3) Working Hours
Discretionary labor system

(4) Contract Period
Period of employment is from April 1, 2019. 
*Appointment date is negotiable.
Salary Annual salary (paid in 1/12 equal monthly payments)
e.g., up to JPY 13,500,000

*Salary will be competitive in accordance with JAMSTEC's bylaws, based on 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 a relocation allowance in accordance with 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). A valid E-mail and home address 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, 2 pages)
c) Your research plan at JAMSTEC (1 copy, A4 size, 1 page)
d) A list of publications and achievements including thesis titles (1 copy).
*Please list publications in refereed (peer-reviewed) journals separately from unrefereed publications and other achievements.
*Please mark outstanding achievements (5 to 10).
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) 5 (or fewer) representative publications (1 copy).
g) 3 letters of recommendation from 3 principal research scientists (1 letter from each). 1 out of 3 letters should be written by a principal research scientist belonging a non-Japanese institution or university. The person providing the recommendation should send the letter directly to JAMSTEC by POST or E-mail. In case of E-mail, a signed letter in PDF format should be attached. The applicant’s name should be written on the envelope or in the title of the E-mail. 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 or E-mail and should reach JAMSTEC on or before the closing date.
*Please write " PERSONNEL, CEAT etc. Principal Scientist/Principal 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 CEAT etc., Principal Scientist/Technical Scientist" in the title.

(3) Interview and appointment
Applicants will be selected based on submitted application material, followed by an interview. Currently, the first round of interviews are scheduled in November or December, 2018 together with the second round interviews. The successful applicant is expected to join us on April 1, 2019.

*A travel allowance is available for applicants from abroad, but only under certain circumstances.
Closing Date October 29, 2018 at 12:00pm JST (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: +81-46-867-9415 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 " Recruitment for CEAT etc. Principal Scientist/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.