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FY2020 Institute for Extra-cutting edge Science and Technology Avant-garde Research (X-star),
Super-cutting-edge Grand and Advanced Research (SUGAR) Program
Recruitment of Postdoctoral Researcher EGP20-006

Available Position JAMSTEC is recruiting one position as a Postdoctoral Researcher. (EGP20-006)
Recruiting
Department
Institute for Extra-cutting edge Science and Technology Avant-garde Research (X-star),
Super-cutting-edge Grand and Advanced Research (SUGAR) Program
Job Description We are seeking a Postdoctoral Researcher to conduct research on a Human Frontier Science Program (HFSP) research project titled “Stable propagation of a minimal synthetic cell (December 1, 2020 - November 30, 2023 Principal Investigator: Yutetsu Kuruma) ” under the research area “Construction and application of artificial (synthetic) cells built up by assembling biomolecules and genes within lipid vesicles (liposomes)”.

[Research Description]
The purpose of this contract research is to construct a self-reproducible, artificial (synthetic) cell system using cell-free protein synthesis and lipid membrane vesicle technology. Specifically, we aim to rebuild the process of cell propagation based on the reconstruction of biochemical reactions within membrane vesicles, and to investigate this process using soft matter physics and/or a chemical engineering approach.
We are seeking a postdoctoral researcher who will perform the following tasks:
1) Preparation and microscopic observation of vesicles (liposomes)
2) Perform cell-free biochemical reactions; analyze reaction products by LCMS
3) Develop and functionally evaluate artificial cell systems capable of synthesizing membrane proteins
4) Prepare research reports and academic manuscripts for peer review

The candidate will be expected to engage actively with the project collaborators, who are from a diverse range of academic backgrounds and nationalities.

[Relevant Research Fields]
Synthetic Biology, Biochemistry, Biophysics
Job Type Postdoctoral Researcher: To contribute to the project, a Postdoctoral Researcher should be able to independently conduct the research subject which is authorized by the Project under direction of a leader, and to be appointed to improve his/her research qualities.

*There may be a change in affiliation in the event of reorganization of the Agency.
Requirements Applicants are required to have been awarded or expect to have obtained a Ph.D. in a related field by the effective date of employment. In addition, no more than 5 years can have passed between the last day of the fiscal year in which the applicants obtained a Ph.D. and the effective date of employment. (i.e., applicants who earned a Ph.D. after April 2015 are eligible.)

[Skills, Experience]
・Interest in Synthetic Biology research
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 Postdoctoral Researcher

(2) Type of contract:
Fixed-term employee

(3) Working Hours:
Discretionary labor system

(4) Contract Period:
Total period will be terminated on March 31, 2023 after two contract renewals.
*First contract period is from December 1, 2020 to March 31, 2021.
*Start date is negotiable, but it is desirable to start as early as possible on or after December 1, 2020. However, it might be changed due to the influence of COVID-19 expansion.
*Contract period can be renewed depending on the performance and working attitude of the successful applicant.
*Contract period might change due to budget constraints of the project.
*In accordance with JAMSTEC bylaws, on reaching the age of 65 during an employed fiscal year, the contract period will expire at the end of the same fiscal year. This bylaw may change.
*This position is a non-tenure-track, fixed-term employee position.
Salary Annual salary (paid in 1/12 equal monthly payments)
JPY 5,250,000

*There is no raise.
*Bonus and retirement allowance are included in the annual salary.
Terms of Employment (1) Upon appointment, the successful applicant will receive relocation allowances in accordance with JAMSTEC bylaws.
(2) Allowance for commuting expenses will be provided.
(3) Employee and JAMSTEC will share the premiums for social insurance and labor insurance in the proportion specified by current statute.
(4) JAMSTEC employee cooperative provides various subsidies for mutual aid and welfare services.
(5) Housing lease service is not available.
(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
*Please ensure that you submit all required documents and that all documents are fully completed.

a) CV. Valid E-mail and home address must be provided.
*Please include contact information for one reference who is a senior research scientist; he/she should not be an employee or a Visiting Scientist of JAMSTEC.
The reference person will be required to submit a letter of recommendation for the selected applicant directly to JAMSTEC, by E-mail, after screening of documents.
b) Summary of your research (1 page)
c) Research plan for the project (1 page)
d) Publication (achievement) list including thesis titles.
*Please list publications in refereed (peer-reviewed) journals separately from unrefereed publications.
*Include DOI codes if available.
e) List of competitive research funds awarded to the applicant.
*If you have not been awarded any, include "none" in the list.
f) Two (or fewer) representative publications in PDF formats.

(2) Submission:
The required documents must be sent by E-mail and should reach JAMSTEC on or before the closing date. *All files must be converted to PDF format. E-mail attachments can be up to 25 MB. Please include "SUGAR EGP20-006" in the subject line.

(3) Interview and appointment
Applicants will be selected based on submitted application material, followed by an interview.
*Web-based online interviews by Zoom are expected basically due to the influence of COVID-19 expansion.
Closing Date October 6, 2020 at 13:00 in Japan time (The application documents must arrive at JAMSTEC by this date.)
Contact (application documents must be sent to this address) Human Resources Section, Human Resources Dept., JAMSTEC
TEL: +81-45-778-5811
(E-mail: recruit-app[at]jamstec.go.jp)
*Please replace [at] with @ when addressing E-mails.
*For inquiries by E-mail, please include "SUGAR EGP20-006" in the subject line.
Remarks (1) 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.
(2) Successful applicant should submit a certificate documenting his/her health upon appointment.
(3) Please kindly inform us in case of withdrawal of your application by E-mail.
(4) Above conditions may be changed at the discretion of the agency.
(5) For non-Japanese speakers, the interview and daily work will be conducted in English.
Diversity and Inclusion In our quest to perform state-of-the-art research and develop scientific and technological innovations based on diverse values, JAMSTEC not only actively recruits women based on gender equality but also strives to create a work environment in which individuality is respected regardless of nationality, race, gender, self-recognition, age, or the presence or absence of disabilities.
In response to the diverse needs of our employees, we will also promote more flexible work styles and environments, including shorter working hours and opportunities for discretionary work.