2009 Announcement of Research Positions for additional recruitment at Global Warming Research Program

In the Frontier Research Center for Global Change (FRCGC), Global Warming Research Program (GWRP) the additional recruitment will be as follows. Please see our homepage: for details about FRCGC, GWRP.

Please mind that following information is run as a reference. Applications for those positions have been closed.
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1. Objectives of FRCGC

Global changes, such as global warming and climatic anomalies, are serious problems which affect the ecosystem of nature and the future of human beings. Predicting global change through better understanding of these global phenomena are pressing issues. At FRCGC we attempt to understand the complicated interactions among the atmosphere, ocean and land surface and to develop models capable of more accurate simulation of global scale phenomena. To accomplish these objectives, we propose the following research assignments, and invite excellent foreign as well as Japanese Research Scientists ("Scientists", "Technical Scientists" and/or "Postdoctoral Researchers") for an intensive period of research.

2. FRCGC and related organizations

FRCGC is a research center within the Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC) which was established April 2004 by transformation of the former FRSGC. It is one of the three sister Centers which includes Frontier Observational Research System for Global Change and the "Earth Simulator", Center which was completed in March 2002. Researchers at FRCGC can access the Earth Simulator, the world's fastest supercomputer.

3. Global Warming Research Program

This research program explores the physical, chemical and biological mechanism responsible for global warming and attempt to make quantitative projection of future climate change. It covers three research subjects, i. e., global warming, carbon cycle, and paleoclimate.

1) Global Warming Research
Using a hierarchy of climate models with various complexities and computational resolutions, the future changes of climate and the physical mechanisms, which are responsible for these changes are studied. For example, using general circulation model of the atmosphere with very high computational resolution, we will explore how those phenomena which are important for climate such as tropical and extra-tropical cyclones and El Nino-Southern Oscillation, are affected by global warming.

2) Coupled Modeling Development
Coupled atmosphere-ocean-land model is an extremely important tool used for studying the highly complex climate system. This program will conduct various numerical experiments using the existing coupled model running on the Earth Simulator. The results will be analyzed and compared with the observational data in order to improve understanding the mechanism of the climate and climate variability. Also, the performance of the model, especially its weaknesses will be evaluated in order to improve the model.

1) Paleoclimate Research
Using a hierarchy of climate models with various complexities, the mechanisms which are responsible for past climate changes, in particular, the glacial-interglacial transition of climate are studied. For example, we will explore how the massive continental ice sheets were maintained during the last glacial maximum and why they have been reduced to the modern ice sheets of Greenland and Antarctic Continents. Based on this study we will also attempt to determine the future of these ice sheets.

Qualification for application
The major objective of this program is the predictive understanding of global climate. It seeks those candidates who are interested in modeling study of the research topics identified above. It is desirable that they have basic knowledge of mathematics, physics, chemistry, and biology and the ability to apply them to the study of climate. In particular, the program looks for those who are interested in developing climate models and using them for the study of climate.

Qualification for application
1) A person who has a Ph.D. in related fields or who is expected to complete the degree by the date of employment. We also welcome applicants who have the equivalent research experiences.

2) Any nationality, any sex, and any age could be applied. FRCGC has the principle of equality of men and women as it relates to the recruitment of all staff. With a view to achieving a more equitable balance of men and women in all positions, we would like to particularly encourage qualified women to apply.

4. Work Place

Frontier Research Center for Global Change,
3173-25 Showa-machi, Kanazawa
Yokohama 236-0001 Japan

5. Contract Period

In principle, maximum contract term of each position will be as follows;
-Scientist: Five Japanese fiscal years. A screening to be promoted to Senior Scientist is conducted before the contract expires.
-Technical Scientist: Three Japanese Fiscal years, and the contract can be renewed once (The total contract term is six Japanese fiscal years). A new contract term will be concluded, if the person passes the screening to stay the same position or to be promoted.
-Postdoctoral Researcher: Three Japanese fiscal years.

Contract period will be concluded according to fiscal year. Period of employment is from April 1st 2009 to March 31st 2010. Employment contract is renewable every fiscal year.

6. Treatment

(1) Payment will be decided according to the JAMSTEC regulations.
(2) Traveling expenses will be provided according to regulations.
(3) The participant and JAMSTEC will share the premiums for social insurance and labor insurance according to the current statutory proportion.
(4) Housing lease service is available through the JAMSTEC housing scheme. Eligibility for the housing scheme is subject to the JAMSTEC regulations.
(5) A commutation allowance will be provided.
(6) Holidays and vacations: Saturday, Sunday, public holidays, the year-end and the beginning of the year are holidays. There are annual vacations with pay, special vacations, leave of absence for care and maternity leave.
(7) Other:
i) There are various kinds of subsidy system for personal interests/welfare.
ii) The Execution of Special Business Type Working Hour System is adopted for a full-time research scientist by the labor-management agreement with a worker representative.

7. Method of application

(1) Required documents

Postdoctoral Researcher/Scientist
a. One copy of research proposal including the research program which you desire to participate in. (A4 size, 1 page)
b. References (recommendations) written by two senior research scientists.
The references should be sent directly from them to Research Promotion Office, Frontier Research Center for Global Change Applicant's name should be written on the envelope.
c. One copy of a resume. (attached your email address for contact)
d. One copy of publication list including thesis titles.
Please separate those with referred journals from other publications.
e. One copy of a list for competitive funds from some kind of research institution in JAPAN.
(Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research, any funded research from Japan Science and Technology Agency, etc)

Technical Scientist
a. One copy of research proposal including the research program which you desire to participate in. (A4 size, 1 page)
b. References (recommendations) written by one senior research scientists. The references should be sent directly from them to Research Promotion Office, Frontier Research Center for Global Change. Applicant's name should be written on the envelope.
c. One copy of a resume. (attached your email address for contact)
d. One copy of publication list including thesis titles.
Please separate those with referred journals from other publications.
e. One copy of a list for competitive funds from some kind of research institution in JAPAN.
(Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research, any funded research from Japan Science and Technology Agency, etc)

(2) Submission
Documents for the application should be sent by post before the deadline.
*We accept only by post.

(3) Address
Frontier Research Center for Global Change
FRCGC Promotion Office, Human Resources
3173-25 Showa-machi, Kanazawa
Yokohama 236-0001 Japan
TEL: 81-45-778-5672
FAX: 81-45-778-5497
(E-mail:koubo-frcgc@jamstec.go.jp)

8. Closing date for application

January,23rd, 2009 (application must arrive by this date)

9. Selection and employment

1) Screening of application materials and interviews will be conducted.
2) Interviews will be conducted in Japanese or English.

10. Screening

1) Incomplete applications may not be accepted.
2) Submitted documents will not be returned to the applicant. The personal information we get through this recruitment is to be used only for our screening and our procedures accompanying. We deal with it safely and properly based on the personal information protection law. After our screening and procedures, we shred documents.
3) A health certificate should be submitted when the employment is informally decided.
4) A letter should be submitted if the applicant withdraws.

11. Notes

If you have further inquiries, please refer to Frontier Research Promotion Office, Human Resources (E-mail:koubo-frcgc@jamstec.go.jp)See above mentioned (3) in "Method of application".
Related information is available on the following home page URL:
http://www.jamstec.go.jp/frcgc/eng/(FRCGC)
http://www.jamstec.go.jp (JAMSTEC)
*JAMSTEC is an organization granted for KAKENHI (Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research)