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FY2019 [Ocean Floor Observatory Technology Development Group, Research and Development (R&D) Center for Earthquake and Tsunami (CEAT)]
Recruitment of Postdoctoral Researcher

Available Positions JAMSTEC is recruiting applicants for a total of one position as a Postdoctoral Researcher.
Ocean Floor Observatory Technology Development Group, Research and Development (R&D) Center for Earthquake and Tsunami (CEAT)
Job Description The Ocean Floor Observatory Technology Development Group, Research and Development (R&D) Center for Earthquake and Tsunami (CEAT), JAMSTEC is soliciting applications for two Postdoctoral Researcher positions in a research project entitled "Subduction Zone Observation and Monitoring for Hazard Mitigation" which is an integrated seismogenic zone research project through seismic surveys, seafloor observations, and monitoring earthquakes and tsunamis.

Please refer to our website for details about the Research and Development Center for Earthquake and Tsunami and our research plan.

[Research Description]
Research and technical development to establish real-time continuous monitoring of seafloor deformation in the seafloor and seafloor borehole environment, mainly targeting the Nankai Trough seismogenic zone in Japan, as well as scientific analysis of seafloor observation data on crustal deformation.

[Job Specification]
Observation of earthquake and crustal deformation in the seafloor is crucial in discovering and understanding processes and their mechanisms in subducting oceanic plate, such as large Tsunamigenic earthquakes, slow earthquakes, and slow slip events.

We, the Ocean Floor Observatory Technology Development Group, R&D Center for Earthquake and Tsunami, JAMSTEC is the central research group in cutting edge technology development for earthquake and crustal deformation observation in the seafloor.
Our current research activity includes developing scientific sensor system to monitor tilt and strain in the seafloor and in deep seafloor boreholes drilled by the scientific drilling vessel "Chikyu". We also deploy and perform long-term observation with the newly developed observation systems in the Nankai Trough, Japan seafloor where large Tsunamigenic earthquake anticipated in near future, as a part of JAMSTEC'S overarching research project entitled "Subduction Zone Observation and Monitoring for Hazard Mitigation".

Successful applicants will engage in the development of scientific instruments for seafloor deformation monitoring. More specifically, they will have a role in the planning, implementation, and data analysis in the system development in land and seafloor test facilities. The test facilities include JAMSTEC's seismic vault in Kamioka-mine, Gifu, Japan, and seafloor cabled borehole observatory sites in the Nankai Trough. They may also conduct seismological and geophysical research using seafloor data from leading-edge seafloor observation systems, Dense Ocean-Floor Network systems for Earthquake and Tsunamis (DONET), and seafloor borehole observatories in the Nankai Trough, Japan, as well as the very new scientific instruments which we develop and install.

[Relevant Research Fields]
Seismology, geophysics, and optical measurement.
Job Type Postdoctoral Researcher: To contribute to the project, a Postdoctoral Researcher should be able to independently conduct the research subject which is authorized by the Project under direction of a leader, and to be appointed to improve his/her research qualities.

*There may be a change in affiliation if the Agency is reorganized.
Requirements Applicants are required to have been awarded or expect to have obtained a Ph.D. in a related field by the date of employment. In addition, no more than 5 years can have passed between the last day of the fiscal year in which the applicants obtained a Ph.D. and the date of employment.

*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:
2 positions for Postdoctoral Researcher

(2) Type of contract:
Fixed-term employee

(3) Working Hours:
Discretionary labor system
(4) Contract Period:
April 1, 2019 to March 31, 2020.
*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 3 fiscal years (until March 31, 2022) depending on the progress of this research project.         
*Appointment date is negotiable.
*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 5,525,000

*There is no raise, bonus and retirement allowance.
Terms of Employment (1) Upon appointment, the successful applicant will receive a relocation allowance 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 the current statute.
(4) The JAMSTEC employee cooperative provides various subsidies for mutual aid and welfare services.
(5) A housing lease service is not available.
(6) Holidays and vacations: Saturdays, Sundays, public holidays, year-end, and New Year 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.
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) A letter of recommendation from a senior research scientist. The person providing the recommendation should send the letter directly to JAMSTEC 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, FY2019 Postdoctoral Researcher-A Project, CEAT Ocean Floor” (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 FY2019 Postdoctoral Researcher-A Project, CEAT Ocean Floor” in the title.

(3) Interview and appointment
Applicants will be selected based on submitted application materials, followed by an interview. Currently, interviews are scheduled between December 2018 and January 2019. The successful applicant is expected to join us on April 1, 2019.
Closing Date November 29, 2018 at 13:00 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 FY2019 Postdoctoral Researcher-A, CEAT Ocean Floor” 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.