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Employment Opportunities

FY2016 [Research Area, Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC)]
Recruitment of Scientist or Technical Scientist

Available Position JAMSTEC is recruiting several positions as a Scientist or Technical Scientist.
Recruiting Department Any research field at JAMSTEC sites
Job Description We are soliciting applications for Scientists or Technical Scientists, who will take part in the third medium-term plan.

[Research Description]
*Research and Development on air-sea interaction and boundary layer measurement in the tropical and subtropical regions,
*Research and Development on the chemistry of soft materials under reaction conditions mimicking deep-sea extreme environments,
*Research and Development on geochemical processes of submarine resources based on mechanisms of element concentration caused by marine environmental change,
*Research and Development on biogeochemical processes using organic matter from sediment and organisms,
*Research and Development on advanced engineering work technology for the deep-sea environment

<Relevant Research Fields>
Any scientific research field related to oceanography or the earth sciences

To contribute to the Agency, a Scientist should be able to perform world-leading research independently 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 event of reorganization of the Agency.
*There is a possibility that the positions above could change.
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 Any of the following JAMSTEC research sites:

Yokosuka Headquarters,
Yokohama Institute of Earth Science,
Kochi Core Research Institute,
Mutsu Research Institute
Working Conditions & Contract Period (1) Number of positions:
Several positions as a Scientist or Technical Scientist

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

(3) Working Hours
Discretionary labor system

(4) Contract Period
Period of employment is from April 1, 2016 to March 31, 2021.

*Appointment date is negotiable.
*One contract period is a maximum of five 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 may 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 the age of 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 the bylaws of JAMSTEC, 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 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 available in accordance with the bylaws of JAMSTEC.
(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 email and home address must be provided.
*Please specify whether you are applying for the “Scientist” or “Technical Scientist” position.
*Please include contact information for two 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)
f) Two (or fewer) representative publications (1 copy).
g) Two letters of recommendation from two 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, FY2016 Fixed-term employee, Research Area, JAMSTEC” (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 materials, followed by an interview. Currently, interviews are scheduled in December, 2015 - January, 2016. The successful applicant is expected to join us on April 1, 2016.

*A travel allowance is available for applicants from abroad, but only under certain circumstances.
Closing Date November 5, 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 (application documents must be sent to this address) Kayo Staley
Human Resources Division II, Human Resources Dept., JAMSTEC
2-15 Natsushima-cho, Yokosuka city, Kanagawa
237-0061 Japan
TEL: +81-46-867-9590 FAX: +81-46-867-9095
(E-mail: jinji2@jamstec.go.jp)
(For inquiries by e-mail, please include "FY2016 Fixed-term employee, Research Area, JAMSTEC" 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.
Notes 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.