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Employment Opportunities

FY2016 [Post K4-A , JAMSTEC]
Recruitment of Project Scientist/Project Technical Scientist/Project Engineer

Available Position JAMSTEC is recruiting a total of 2 positions for Project Scientist, Project Technical Scientist or Project Engineer.
Recruiting Department Any research area at JAMSTEC
Job Description The Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC) is conducting a project entitled “Advancing meteorological and global environmental predictions using observational ‘Big Data’” (FY2015-FY2019) for the Ministry of Education, Sports, Science, and Technology (MEXT). In this program, we study high-precision meso-scale weather predictions using a K-computer and post K-computer to show the feasibility of the numerical prediction of severe weather for disaster prevention.

Research topics related to “Innovative numerical weather predictions and advanced weather disaster prevention based on damage-level estimation” (one of the sub-tasks of “Advancing meteorological and global environmental predictions using observational ‘Big Data’”) are as follows:
(1) Studies of four-dimensional cloud-resolving data assimilation schemes;
(2) Developing and validating a cloud-resolving ensemble analysis and prediction system; and
(3) Basic research using very-high-resolution atmospheric models.

<Relevant Research Fields>
Meteorology, Computational Science

Project Scientist:
To contribute to the project, a Project Scientist should be able to perform world-leading research independently and share the results through scientific publications.

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

Project Engineer:
To contribute to the project, a Project Engineer is expected to manage, improve and advance the infrastructure. Establishment of technology based on a background of general technical knowledge such as information system, improvement of technical management functions is also inclusive.

*There may be a change in affiliation in the case of reorganization of the Agency.
*There is a possibility that the positions above could change.
Requirements Project Scientist:
The successful applicant must have a Ph.D. and a strong record in a closely related research field.
Project Technical Scientist:
The successful applicant must have a Ph.D. and a strong record in a closely related research and development field.
Project Engineer:
The successful applicant must have a bachelor's degree in a closely related field. Those who have equivalent ability with extensive experience are also acceptable.

*Persons of any nationality and either gender are encouraged to apply.
Work Place Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC)

Yokohama Institute for Earth Sciences (YES),
3173-25 Showa-machi, Kanazawa-ku, Yokohama city, Kanagawa, 236-0001, JAPAN
Working Conditions & Contract Period (1) Number of positions:
2 positions as Project Scientist, Project Technical Scientist or Project Engineer.

(2) Type of contract
Fixed-term employee

(3) Working Hours
Project Scientist/Project Technical Scientist: Discretionary labor system
Project Engineer: 9:00-17:30 (Lunch hours 12:15-13:00)

(4) Contract Period
Period of employment is from April 1, 2016 to March 31, 2017.

*Appointment date is negotiable.
*1contract period is a maximum of 1 fiscal year.
*The contract period can be renewed but the total contract period is a maximum of 4 fiscal years (until March 31, 2020) depending on the progress of the research.
*The contract period mentioned above will change according to budget of this project.
*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.
*This position is a non-tenure-track, fixed-term employee position.
Salary Annual salary (paid in 1/12 equal monthly payments)
Project Scientist/Project Technical Scientist: e.g., JPY 6,000,000

Project Engineer: e.g., JPY 5,000,000~5,500,000 *Overtime payment will be added to monthly salary.

*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 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 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
Project Scientist/Project Technical Scientist:
a) A CV (1 copy). A valid email and home address must be provided.
*Please specify that you are applying for the <Project Scientist> or <Project Technical Scientist> position.
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) 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.

Project Engineer:
A CV (1 copy). A valid email and home address must be provided. Also include details of your professional experiences in the CV.
*Please specify that you are applying for the <Project Engineer> position.

(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 “FY2016 Post K 4-A, fixed-term employee” (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 February, 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 January 18, 2016 (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) Yumi Fukui
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@jamstec.go.jp)
(For inquiries by e-mail, please include “FY2016 Post K 4-A, fixed-term employee" 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.