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Employment Opportunities

FY2018 [Environmental Geochemical Cycle Research Group, Research and Development Center for Global Change (RCGC)]
Recruitment of Scientist or Technical Scientist

Available Position JAMSTEC is recruiting a total of 1 position as a tenure-track Scientist or Technical Scientist.
Recruiting Department Environmental Geochemical Cycle Research Group, Research and Development Center for Global Change (RCGC)
Job Description We are soliciting applications for a full-time TENURE-TRACK position as a Scientist or Technical Scientist. The successful applicant will be engaged in the medium-term plan.

Details of the research can be found at

[Research Description]
Environmental Geochemical Cycle Research Group, Research and Development Center for Global Change (RCGC) conducts research on environmental geochemical cycles over land, in the atmosphere, and in the oceans involving the emission, transport, transformation, and removal of chemical substances. We use state-of-the-art technologies to optimize field and satellite observations and perform numerical model simulations, aiming to gain a comprehensive understanding of the cycles and thereby contribute to solving global environmental issues. A recent focus is on the increase in human-induced gases and particles in the environment and their impact on the Earth system.

[Job Specification]
The successful applicant will be expected to advance our understanding of the behavior of particulate pollution in the environment originating from human activity on land and dispersing to the atmosphere and oceans. Specifically, the applicant will 1) undertake research and development on single-particle detection technologies based on optical and other methodologies and their optimization, 2) analyze the environmental behavior of those particles based on in-situ and satellite observations, in view of applications for next-generation remote sensing, 3) perform quantitative numerical model simulations of the particle behavior, or 4) conduct research related to sustainable development goals (SDGs) and analyze the impact of particle pollution on ecosystems or climate change.

[Relevant Research Fields]
Relevant research fields include the environmental sciences (biogeochemical cycles, atmospheric environment, oceanography, etc.), spectroscopy and the optical sciences, remote sensing (ocean, atmospheric composition, land, etc.), chemistry (marine chemistry, atmospheric chemistry, geochemistry, physical chemistry,analytical chemistry, etc.), geophysics (meteorology, atmospheric physics, etc.), engineering and others.
Job Type Scientist: To contribute to the Agency, a Scientist should be able to perform world-leading research as an independent scientist 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 case of reorganization of the Agency.
*At the time of hiring, the position (Scientist or Technical Scientist) will be determined in accordance with JAMSTEC's bylaws.
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 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
Yokosuka Headquarters
2-15 Natsushima-cho, Yokosuka-city, Kanagawa 237-0061 JAPAN
Working Conditions & Contract Period (1) Number of positions:
1 position for a Scientist or Technical Scientist

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

(3) Working Hours
Discretionary labor system

(4) Contract Period
April 1, 2018 to March 31, 2023.

*Appointment date is negotiable.
*1 contract period is a maximum of 5 fiscal years. The contract period will not be renewed.
*In accordance with JAMSTEC's bylaws, 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 could 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 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 JAMSTEC's bylaws, with consideration of the academic qualifications and demonstrated research skills of the applicant.
*There are no bonus and retirement allowance.
Terms of Employment (1) Upon appointment, successful applicants will receive relocation allowances in accordance with JAMSTEC's bylaws.
(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 JAMSTEC's bylaws.
(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). Valid email and home addresses must be provided.
*Please include contact information for 2 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).
*If you have not been awarded any, include none in the list.
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.

(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, EGCR,RCGC Fixed-term employee Recruitment" (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 material followed by an interview. Currently interviews are scheduled in December 2017 or January 2018. The successful applicant will be expected to join us on April 1, 2018.

*A travel allowance is available for applicants from abroad, but only under certain circumstances.
Closing Date November 27, 2017 (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) Human Resources Division Ⅱ,Human Resources Dept., JAMSTEC
2-15 Natsushima-cho, Yokosuka city, Kanagawa
237-0061 Japan
TEL:+81-46-867-9598 FAX:+81-46-867-9372
E-mail: jinji2[at]jamstec.go.jp
*Please replace [at] with @ when addressing e-mails.
*For inquiries by e-mail, please include EGCR,RCTC Fixed-term employee Recruitment 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 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) 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.