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FY2015 [Marine Ecosystem Dynamics Research Group, Research and Development Center for Global Change]
Recruitment of Project Scientist or Project Technical Scientist

Available Position JAMSTEC will be recruiting a total of 1 position as a Project Scientist or Project Technical Scientist
Recruiting Department Marine Ecosystem Dynamics Research Group,
Research and Development Center for Global Change
Job Description We are soliciting applications for a Project Scientist or Project Technical Scientist to work on a project entitled,"Plankton in polar regions—toward an understanding of their characteristics"(Principal Investigator: Naomi Harada, June 1, 2015 to March 31, 2020). The project is funded through KAKENHI (Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (S)) of Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS).

The reduction of sea ice in the Arctic Ocean has progressed more rapidly than predicted and could exacerbate several environmental stresses, including ocean warming, acidification, and stratification.
How do marine organisms in polar regions respond to ocean warming and acidification?
This study focuses on phytoplankton and zooplankton, which constitute the base of the Arctic Ocean food chain.
The goals of the research are to understand
1)the influence of ocean acidification on calcifiers;
2)the warming-associated changes in the biomasses of major and minor species; and
3)the specific functions of plankton that occur in the Arctic.
JAMSTEC is seeking an applicant who can contribute to a time-series analysis of polar plankton assemblages using microscopic or seasonal changes in relative biomass of lower trophic level organisms by performing a time-series of biogenic particle carbon content and environmental gene (e.g., 18SrRNA) analysis.

<Related Research Fields>
Chemical oceanography, Biogeochemistry, Biological oceanography, Marine ecology, Plankton physiology, Genetic engineering

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 projcet, a Project 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 Project Scientist: The successful applicant must have a Ph.D. and an 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.

*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:
1 position as a Project Scientist or Project Technical Scientist

(2)Type of contract
Fixed-term employee

(3)Working Hours
Discretionary labor system

(4)Contract Period
February 1 2016 to March 31, 2016.

*Appointment date is negotiable.
*1 contract period is a maximum of 1 fiscal year.
*The contract period can be renewed but the total contract period is a maximum of 5 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 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)
Project Scientist/Project Technical Scientist:
e.g. JPY6,000,000

*Salary will be competitive in accordance with the bylaws of JAMSTEC, based on the academic qualifications and demonstrated research skills of the applicant.
*There are 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 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'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 email and home addresses must be provided.
*Please specify whether 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) 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, RCGC Marine Ecosystem Dynamics Research Group KAKENHI Project Scientist or Project 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).

(3) Interview and Appointment
Applicants will be selected based on submitted application materials followed by an interview. Currently interviews are scheduled in Decenber, 2015. The successful applicant is expected to join us on February 1, 2016.

*A travel allowance is available for applicants from abroad, but only under certain circumstances.
Closing Date November 20, 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) Naomi Tamada
Human Resources Division Ⅱ,Human Resources Department, JAMSTEC
2-15 Natsushima-cho, Yokosuka city, Kanagawa
237-0061 Japan
TEL:+81-46-867-9598 FAX:+81-46-867-9095
(E-mail: jinji2@jamstec.go.jp)
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 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 conditions above 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.