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Employment Opportunities

FY2017 [Research and Development (R&D) Center for Marine Biosciences]
Recruitment of Scientist or Technical Scientist

Available Position JAMSTEC is recruiting a total of a few tenure-track positions as a Scientist or Technical Scientist.
Recruiting Department Research and Development (R&D) Center for Marine Biosciences
Job Description We are soliciting applications for Scientists or Technical Scientists, who will engage in research and development as follows;

For the details of each program, please refer to our website at
http://www.jamstec.go.jp/rcmb/e/

[Research Description]
Strategic Research and Development of Marine Biosciences
The functional diversity of marine (micro)organisms and viruses inhabiting the photic zone to the subsurface biosphere is a product of evolution, which is nature’s grand scheme of trial and error that has been sustained for 3.5 billion years despite several major extinction events. The Research and Development Center for Marine Biosciences investigates functions and survival strategies that marine and deep-sea (micro)organisms and viruses have developed in the course of evolution and adaptation and their interaction with their surroundings. In addition, we work in close collaboration with industry, universities, and other research institutions, and promote open innovation to solve a broad range of social issues for a sustainable future.

<Relevant Research Fields>
Applied microbiology, Applied genomics, Genetic engineering, Protein engineering, Synthetic biology, Bioengineering, Bioinformatics, Ecology, Physiology, Biochemistry, Molecular biology, Molecular ecology, Environmental microbiology, Microbial ecology, Astrobiology, Virology, Biophysics, Taxonomy, Marine biology, Biomimetics, Chemical biology, Soft matter, Nanotechnology, Colloid/surface chemistry, Polymer science, Material science, Physical chemistry, Natural product chemistry, Analytical chemistry, Environmental chemistry, Geochemistry, Information science, Applied physics, Mechanical engineering, Robotics, Geology, Paleontology. Research experience with marine and deep-sea organisms is not essential.

Scientist: 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 case of reorganization of the Agency.
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)

Yokosuka Headquarters,
2-15 Natsushima-cho, Yokosuka city, Kanagawa,
237-0061, JAPAN
Working Conditions & Contract Period (1) Number of positions:
A few positions for 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, 2017 to March 31, 2022.

*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 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
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) 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, RCMB, 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 October, 2016. The successful applicant is expected to join us on April 1, 2017.

*A travel allowance is available for applicants from abroad, but only under certain circumstances.
Closing Date September 6, 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) 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 inquires by e-mail, please include "Recruitment for RCMB, 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.