|Available Position & Research Topics||Available Position: Marine Ecosystem Research Team in Environmental Biogeochemical Cycle Research Program (EBCRP), RIGC will be recruiting 1 Postdoctoral Researcher.
We invite applicants to engage in research and development as part of the project "Developing a new ecosystem model to represent the adaptive capacity of plankton ecosystems in the North Pacific", which was recently funded by the Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) within the research area "Establishment of core technology for the preservation and regeneration of marine biodiversity and ecosystems" of the Core Research for Evolutional Science and Technology (CREST) Program. This position will be based at the Yokohama Institute for Earth Sciences, within the Marine Ecosystem Research Team of the Environmental Biogeochemical Cycles Research Program of the Research Institute for Global Change, Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC), where the research project is to be conducted.
|Job Description||This project aims to develop new and efficient models of the dynamics of phytoplankton and zooplankton communities, considering their interactions with each other and with the physical environment. The concept of optimality (as a result of natural selection) subject to ecophysiological trade-offs will be central to the modeling approach. Although a background in theoretical ecology is not essential, interest in this field would be beneficial.
In collaboration with other team members, the successful candidate will conduct research into how plankton biodiversity varies depending on the physical and chemcial environment of the ocean, employing statistical/numerical analysis of large data sets of oceanic observations of phytoplankton and zooplankton, e.g., from Continuous Plankton Recorders (CPR),oceanic research cruises, and remote sensing. This will include compiling a database from various sources, including other existing databases, published literature, and observations conducted by JAMSTEC researchers. Knowledge of, or interest in, theoretical ecology is desirable, as it would be useful for interpreting the findings.
The successful candidate will be expected to publish scientific results, within the scope of this project, in international peer-reviewed journals.
For details of the EBCRP please visit http://www.jamstec.go.jp/rigc/e/ebcrp/index.html, and for more about the research please see the webpage of the Principal Investigator for this research project, S. Lan Smith, http://www.jamstec.go.jp/res/ress/lanimal/.
* There may be change in affiliation in case of reorganization in the Agency.
|Require-ments||1.Applicant is required to hold a Ph.D. degree in related field within five years prior to the date of employment, or expected to obtain a Ph.D. degree in related field by the date of employment.
2. Willingness to learn further skills and approaches as necessary for investigating spatio-temporal changes in plankton biodiversity in relation with physical and chemical environments.
Relevant research fields: Numerical Ecology, Biological Oceanography, Long-term Ecosystem Change Study, Plankton Ecology
|Work Place||Yokohama Institute for Earth Sciences (YES)
Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC)
3173-25 Showa-machi, Kanazwa-ku, Yokohama City, Kanagawa, 236-0001 JAPAN
|Working Condition and Contract Period||Period of employment is from April 1st, 2013 to March 31st, 2014
*Appoint date is negotiable.
*One contract term is one Japanese fiscal year.
*The employment contract is renewable every fiscal year depending on the position, the progress of the research, and the research project funds.
*The maximum total contract term is three Japanese fiscal years. (until March 31st, 2016) for Postdoctoral Researcher.
*There is the possibility of application for extension until March 2018, depending on research progress, and in accordance with JAMSTEC bylaws.
Employment Status: fixed term system, Discretionary labor system
|Salary||*Salary will be decided in accordance with JAMSTEC's bylaws in annual salary system, by considering the candidate's academic carrer, research ability and research role in RIGC.
The expected salary will be as follows:
*No bonus/retirement allowance provided.
|Terms of Employment||1) On appointment, relocation fee will be provided in accordance with JAMSTEC's bylaws.
2) The participant and JAMSTEC will share the premiums for health insurance and labor insurance according to the current statutory proportion.
3) Allowance for commuting expenses will be provided.
4) Holidays and vacations: Saturday, Sunday, public holidays, year-end and beginning of the year are holidays. There are annual vacations with pay, special vacations, and care and maternity leave.
5) Other: There are various kinds of subsidies available for personal interests/welfare provided by JAMSTEC's employees' cooperative.
|Application Procedure||(1) Required documents
*All documents must be written in English.
a) One copy of a summary of research the applicant has been carried out. (A4 size, 1page)
b) One copy of your research plan for participating in this project at JAMSTEC. (A4 size, 1page)
c) One recommendation letter written by a senior research scientist, which should be sent directly from him/her by POST. Applicant's name should be written on the envelope.
*Reference letter written by JAMSTEC employee or Visiting Scientist cannot be accepted.
d) One copy of CV. (a valid e-mail address is essential)
*Please specify that you are applying for "Postdoctoral Resarcher".
e) One copy of publication list including thesis titles. Please list publications in refereed journals separately from others.
f) Copies of two (or less) representative publications.
g) One copy of a list of competitive research funds awarded.
Required documents must be sent by POST and reach to JAMSTEC before/on the closing date. Electric form will NOT be accepted.
*Please write "PERSONNEL, Marine Ecosystem Team, RIGC" (in red) on the front of the envelope. Registered mail is recommended for confirming the receipt of your application (no acknowledgement will be provided).
(3) Interview and Appointment
Candidates will be selected based on submitted application material, followed by an interview currently scheduled in the middle of February, 2013.
The successful candidate is expected to join us from April 1st, 2013.
The transportation fee is payable to candidates from abroad, but only under specific situations.
|Closing date||January 31st, 2013 (The application documents must arrive at JAMSTEC by this date)
*If the total number of application is less than expected, the closing date may be extended.
|Contact (application documents must send to this address)||Mikiko Tanioka
Human Resources, Research Support Dept., JAMSTEC
2-15 Natsushima-Cho, Yokosuka-city, Kanagawa
TEL: +81-46-867-9598 FAX: +81-46-867-9372