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FY2014 [Understanding and Prediction of Global Climate/Environment Change(CREST)]
Recruitment of Project Scientist

Position Available "Understanding and Prediction of Global Climate/Environment Change" plans to recruit ONE staff for full-time fixed-term contract position as Project Scientist 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 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.

For details of the research fields can be found at:
For more about the research please see the webpage of the Principal Investigator for this research project, S. Lan Smith:
Job Specification 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.
The successful candidate will conduct research into how to efficiently represent the biodiversity and associated adaptive capacity (i.e., flexible response) of plankton communities in the ocean, using numerical models of various scales from 0-dimensional (box) models of processes to coupled 3-dimensional ecosystem models embedded within physical models of the ocean (particularly the North Pacific). This will include developing such models and validating them against data utilizing a database to be compiled as part of this project,.
Job Description To contribute to the project, scientists are expected to have world-leading performance ability to accomplish research as an independent scientist.

*There might be a change of affiliation should the Agency be reorganized.
Requirements Applicants must have a Ph.D. in a closely related field.
Expected to achieve outstanding research results.

<Relevant research fields>
Numerical Ecosystem Modeling, Biogeochemical Modeling, Theoretical Ecology, Plankton Ecology

*Persons of any nationality and either gender are encouraged to apply.
*JAMSTEC follows the principal of equality of men and women as it relates to all recruitment.

Work Place Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC)
Yokosuka Headquarters,
2-15, Natsushima-cho, Yokosuka-city, Kanagawa,
237-0061 JAPAN
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:
1 Project Scientist

(2) Type of contract:
Fixed-term employee

(3) Working Hours:
Discretionary labor system

(4) Contract Period:
Period of employment is from July 1, 2014 to March 31, 2019.
One contract period is a maximum of five fiscal years. The contract period will not be renewed.

*Appointment date is negotiable.
*In accordance with JAMSTEC's bylaws, on reaching the age of 65 during the employed fiscal year, the contract period will expire at the end of the same fiscal year. This bylaw may change.
Salary Annual salary (paid in 1/12 equal monthly payments)
e.g. Scientist: JPY 5,700,000-6,000000

*Salary will be competitive in accordance with JAMSTEC's bylaws, with consideration of the academic qualifications and demonstrated research skills of the candidate.
*No bonus / retirement allowance
Terms of Employment 1) On appointment, the successful candidate 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) A housing lease service available in accordance with JAMSTEC's bylaw.
5) 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.
6) Others: Various subsidies are provided from the JAMSTEC employee cooperative for mutual aid and welfare services.
Application Procedure (1) Required documents
*All documents must be written in English.
a) A CV. Valid email and home addresses must be provided.(1copy)
b) A summary of your research. (1copy, A4 size, 1page)
c) Your research plan in JAMSTEC.(1copy, A4 size, 1page)
d) Publication(achievement) list including thesis titles. (1copy)
*Please list publications in refereed (peer-reviewed) journals separately from unrefereed publications.(1copy).
e) A list of competitive research funds awarded to the candidate.(1copy)
f) Two (or fewer) representative publications.(1 copy)
g) A letter of reference (recommendation) written by a senior research scientist. This should be sent by the person writing the reference directly to JAMSTEC by POST. The applicant's name should be written on the envelope.
Reference letters written by employees or Visiting Scientists of JAMSTEC 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, Understanding and Prediction of Global Climate/Environment Change(CREST)" (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
Candidates will be selected based on submitted application material, followed by an interview. Currently, interviews are scheduled for May, 2014.
The successful candidate is expected to join us on July 1, 2014.

*A travel allowance is available for candidates from abroad, but only under certain circumstances.
Closing Date April 14, 2014 (The application documents must arrive at JAMSTEC by this date)

*If there are fewer applications than expected, the closing date may be extended.
Contact Information (application documents must be sent to this address) Naomi Tamada
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
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 candidate 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.