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[FY2019 Department of Subsurface Geobiological Analysis and Research (D-SUGAR)]
Recruitment of Scientist or Technical Scientist (B)

Available Positions JAMSTEC is recruiting one tenure-track Scientist or Technical Scientist.
Recruiting Department Department of Subsurface Geobiological Analysis and Research (D-SUGAR)
Job Description In April 2019, JAMSTEC will initiate the fourth mid-term plan for its research and development and create a new department that will pursue creative research and technology development for basic, integrated, and leap knowledge. This department will include a new research program for basic, integrated, and leap knowledge. JAMSTEC is soliciting applications for a full-time tenure-track position as a Scientist or Technical Scientist, who will participate in the following research directions.

[Research Description]
The new research program aims to contribute to:
(1) Basic and interdisciplinary research that will support and bridge the gaps between the major independent research and development projects at JAMSTEC;
(2) Advanced, challenging research that will create future major research projects at JAMSTEC; and
(3) Unique, singular research that may lead to the creation of future leap knowledge and disruptive innovation.

[Job Specifications]
We are seeking a full-time tenure-track Scientist or Technical Scientist who will lead origin-of-life research at JAMSTEC that will provide ‘the best of the best’ scenario in the next decade, and hopefully in the next century, and who will be involved in the growth of true astrobiology research in Japan. In addition to the above-mentioned research subjects, the successful applicant can pursue his/her own research, which may lead to the creation of future leap knowledge and disruptive innovation.

Since the new program will start in April 2019, we do not yet have detailed information on the research program. However, the new program will work synergistically with ongoing research at JAMSTEC, including with the Department of Subsurface Geobiological Analysis and Research (D-SUGAR). For information on this, please refer to the following website:

[Relevant Research Fields]
Origin of life, Astrobiology, Biogeosciences, Life sciences
Job Type Scientist: To contribute to the Agency, a Scientist is expected 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 if the Agency is reorganized.
*At the time of appointment, the Job Type (Scientist or Technical Scientist) will be determined in accordance with JAMSTEC's bylaws.
Requirements Scientist: The successful applicant must have completed a Ph.D. and have a strong enough record to be a scientist in a closely related research field.

Technical Scientist: The successful applicant must have completed a Ph.D. and have a strong enough record to be a technical scientist in a closely related research 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 for a 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, 2019 to March 31, 2024.
*One contract period is a maximum of five fiscal years. The contract period will not be renewed.
*Appointment date is negotiable.
*In accordance with the JAMSTEC's bylaw, 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.
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, 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 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). A valid E-mail and home address must be provided.
*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, 1 page)
c) Your research plan at JAMSTEC (1 copy, 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 two senior research scientists (1 letter from each). The person providing the recommendation should send the letter to JAMSTEC directly by POST or E-Mail. In the case of E-mail, a signed letter in PDF format should be attached. The applicant’s name should be specified on the envelope or in the title of the E-mail. Letters of recommendation written by a JAMSTEC employee or a JAMSTEC visiting scientist will not be accepted.

(2) Submission
The required documents must be sent by POST or E-MAIL and should reach JAMSTEC on or before the closing date.
*Please write "PERSONNEL, FY2019 Fixed-term employee (B), D-SUGAR" (in red) on the front of the envelope. Registered mail is recommended for confirming receipt of your application (no acknowledgement will be provided).
*If you send an application via E-mail, all files must be converted to PDF format. E-mail attachments can be up to 25 MB. Please include "Recruitment for FY2019 Fixed-term employee (B), D-SUGAR" in the title.

(3) Interview and appointment
Applicants will be selected based on submitted application materials, followed by an interview. Currently, interviews are scheduled in November or December, 2018. The successful applicant is expected to join us on April 1, 2019.

*A travel allowance is available for applicants from abroad, but only under certain circumstances.
Closing Date October 24, 2018 at 12:00 PM JST (The application documents must arrive at JAMSTEC by this date.)
*If there are fewer applications than expected, the closing date may be extended.
*All the required documents, including the letter of recommendation, must arrive at JAMSTEC by the closing date(10/24).
Contact (application documents must be sent to this address) Human Resources Division, Human Resources Dept., JAMSTEC
2-15 Natsushima-cho, Yokosuka city, Kanagawa
237-0061 Japan
TEL: +81-46-867-9583 FAX: +81-46-867-9095
(E-mail: recruit-app[at]jamstec.go.jp)
*Please replace [at] with @ when addressing E-mail.
*For inquiries by E-mail, please include "Recruitment for FY2019 Fixed-term employee (B), D-SUGAR" 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.
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.