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Super-cutting-edge Grand and Advanced Research (SUGAR) Program, Institute for Extra-cutting-edge Science and Technology Avant-garde Research (X-star)
Recruitment of Postdoctoral Researcher (EGP21-008)

Available Position JAMSTEC is recruiting one position as a Postdoctoral Researcher. (EGP21-008)
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Super-cutting-edge Grand and Advanced Research (SUGAR) Program, Institute for Extra-cutting-edge Science and Technology Avant-garde Research (X-star)
Job Description We are soliciting applications for a Postdoctoral Researcher who will work on the KAKENHI project, Grant-in-Aid for Transformative Research Areas (A) "Development of Molecular Memory/Molecular Learning Circuits for Minimal Artificial Brain (FY2020-2024, Co-Investigator: Ken Komiya)" in the project area of "Molecular Cybernetics," and JST-RISTEX RInCA program "Development of an RRI Practice Model for Molecular Robotics Premised on Researchers Autonomy (FY2021-2024, PI: Ken Komiya)". The successful applicant will engage in the following research and development plans.

[Research Description]
The SUGAR Program of X-star in JAMSTEC conducts research to explore microorganisms in extreme environments and create artificial life functions by elucidating the functions of these microorganisms. As part of this effort, we are developing biomolecular systems that express advanced functions beyond living organisms.

We invite applicants for the position of Postdoctoral Researcher who will work in life science research, including the creation of artificial cells and elucidation of the origin of life. In our project, a synthetic approach is encouraged, such as integrating reactions of biomolecules and enzymes to realize highly sensitive molecular detection and precise molecular manipulation, or the construction of functional molecular systems that can perform efficient information processing and molecular production in a manner similar to living organisms. The successful applicant will be expected to engage in the following works through active collaboration with researchers in JAMSTEC and other domestic and foreign institutes. The research target and approach will be flexibly determined by taking into account the applicant’s area of expertise and experience.

1) Construction of molecular circuits using DNA and enzymes, and their application to the measurement and control of cellular processes.

2) In vitro construction of artificial metabolic systems to investigate biological functions and produce useful molecules

3) Presenting the results of the research and development at academic conferences, publishing them as peer-reviewed papers, and implementing these advances in society.

[Relevant Research Fields]
Biomolecular Chemistry, Synthetic Biology, Microbiology, Bioinformatics, Evolutionary Molecular Engineering, µ-TAS, DNA Nanotechnology
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 Projects under direction of a leader, and to be appointed to improve their research qualities.

*There may be a change in affiliation in the case 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 2016 are eligible.)
Work Place Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC)
Yokosuka Headquarters, 2-15 Natsushima-cho, Yokosuka city, Kanagawa, 237-0061, JAPAN
*Measures to prevent passive smoking: No smoking on the premises (smoking areas are available outside), no work in areas where smoking allowed.
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, 2025 after two contract renewals.
*First contract period is from April 1, 2022 to March 31, 2023.
*Effective date of employment is negotiable. 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 projects.
*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 Email 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 Researcher of JAMSTEC.
The reference person will be required to submit a letter of recommendation for the selected applicant directly to JAMSTEC, by Email, after screening of documents.
b) Summary of your research (1 page)
c) Research plan for the projects (1 page)
d) "Publication (achievement) list" including thesis titles and "list of competitive research funds" awarded to the applicant
*Please list publications in refereed (peer-reviewed) journals separately from unrefereed publications.
*Include DOI codes if available.
*If you have not been awarded any, include "none" in the list.
e) Two (or fewer) representative publications in PDF formats.

(2) Submission:
The required documents must be sent by Email and should reach JAMSTEC on or before the closing date.
*All files must be converted to PDF format. Email attachments can be up to 25 MB. Please include "SUGAR EGP21-008" 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.
Closing Date January 21, 2022 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
(Email: recruit-app[at]jamstec.go.jp)
*Please replace [at] with @ when addressing Emails.
*For inquiries by Email, please include "SUGAR EGP21-008" 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 their health upon appointment.
(3) Please kindly inform us in case of withdrawal of your application by Email.
(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.
(6) If you are applying through a Japanese website, submission should be made online (except the letters of recommendation); If you are applying through the English website, "Work with Us", submission should be made as an attachment to the Email.
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.