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FY2016 Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC)
Postdoctoral Fellow Programme

Available Position JAMSTEC will be recruiting a total of 5 JAMSTEC Postdoctoral Fellow positions
Aim of the Position JAMSTEC wants to help talented young researchers who have completed promising Ph.D. theses to develop their scientific excellence in the fields of ocean and earth sciences. For this purpose, JAMSTEC has established an international postdoctoral fellowship programme. It is intended that research grants will be provided to successful applicants, which will enable them to work independently on research topics of their choosing: ¥1,000,000 for the first fiscal year and ¥500,000 for each of the second and third years. During the contract period, they will have access to the necessary facilities and equipment at JAMSTEC.
Job Description Successful applicants to this programme are expected to conduct scientific work independently on research topics of their own proposing or to proceed with research in collaboration with JAMSTEC staff. During the contract period, they will have access to the necessary facilities and equipment at JAMSTEC. A mentor will be designated to each JAMSTEC Postdoctoral Fellow, who will facilitate his/her research activities and evaluate research progress each year.
During the fellowship period, the administration section of JAMSTEC will provide support regarding personal issues (e.g., preparing immigration documents, finding an apartment, etc).

<Relevant Research Fields>
Any natural science field related to Oceanography and/or the Earth Sciences
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.
*JAMSTEC follows the principle of equality of men and women as it relates to all recruitment.
Work Place Any research sites of JAMSTEC, namely:
Yokosuka Headquarters
Yokohama Institute of Earth Science
Kochi Core Research Institute
Mutsu Research Institute
Working Conditions & Contract Period (1) Number of positions:
5 JAMSTEC Postdoctoral Fellow positions

(2) Type of contract:
Fixed-term employee

(3) Working Hours:
Discretionary labor system

(4) Contract Period:
Period of employment is from April 1, 2016 to March 31, 2017. 1 contract period is maximum 1 fiscal year. The contract period can be renewed but the total contract period is maximum 3 fiscal years (until March 31, 2019).

*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)
JPY 5,250,000
*There will be no raise, bonus, or 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) Various subsidies are provided from the JAMSTEC employee cooperative 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'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. Valid email and home addresses must be provided. (1 copy)
*Please specify that you are applying for the "JAMSTEC Postdoctoral Fellow" position.
*Please include contact information for 2 references. These persons should be someone other than the person mentioned in h) below and should not be employees or Visiting Scientists of JAMSTEC.
b) A summary of your PhD Thesis (1 copy, A4 size, 1 page).
c) A summary of your research (1 copy, A4 size, 1 page).
d) Your research plan at JAMSTEC (1 copy, A4 size, up to 6 pages; you may use diagrams if necessary).
e) Publication (achievement) list, including thesis titles (1 copy).
*Please list publications in refereed (peer-reviewed) journals separately from unrefereed publications (1 copy).
f) A list of competitive research funds awarded to the applicant (1 copy).
g) 2 (or fewer) representative publications (1 copy).
h) A letter of recommendation from a senior research scientist. The person providing the recommendation should send the letter directly to JAMSTEC by POST. The applicant's name should be written on the envelope. Letter 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, FY2016 JAMSTEC Postdoctoral Fellow" (in red) on the front of the envelope. Registered mail is recommended so that you may confirm receipt of your application (no acknowledgment will be provided).

(3) Interview and appointment
Applicants selected based on submitted application materials will receive a subsequent interview. Currently, interviews are scheduled in September, 2015. Successful applicants will be expected to join us on April 1, 2016.

*A travel allowance is available for applicants from abroad, but only under certain circumstances.
Closing Date July 21, 2015 (The application documents must arrive at JAMSTEC by this date.)

*If there are fewer applications than expected, the closing date may be extended.
Contact Information (application documents must be sent to this address) Naomi Tamada
Human Resources Division II, Human Resources Dept., JAMSTEC
2-15 Natsushima-cho, Yokosuka city, Kanagawa
237-0061 Japan
TEL: +81-46-867-9598 FAX: +81-46-867-9095
(For inquiries by e-mail, please include " Recruitment for FY2016 JAMSTEC Postdoctoral Fellow " in the title.)
Remarks (1) Submitted documents will not be returned to the applicants.
(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 purpose.
(3) Successful applicants will be required to submit certificate documentings their health upon appointment.
(4) Withdrawal of the application must be done by written notice.
(5) The conditions above may be changed at the discretion of the agency.
(6) For non-Japanese speakers, interviews and daily work will be conducted in English.
Note The Japanese government encourages social advancement of women. In accordance with this principle, 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.