Postdoctoral Researcher Position at the Atmospheric Composition Research Program

The Frontier Research Center for Global Change invites applicants for a postdoctoral researcher position in the research objective as follows:Please see our homepage: for details about FRCGC, ACRP

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

1. Objectives of FRCGC

The Atmospheric Composition Research Program of FRCGC has been promoting observational and modeling researches on the variations and changes of the atmospheric composition (gases and aerosols) relevant to global climate change. Organic aerosol particles, consisting of an appreciable fraction (from several to several tens of percents) of aerosol particle mass, should have large effects on the local and global climate through their direct and indirect effects. However, they are only poorly described in the model simulations exploring chemistry-climate coupling, partly because the organic composition is very complex at a molecular level and thus the on-line measurement techniques of organic particles with meaningful classification have not been fully established. Under this condition, we plan to start development of a new instrument based on the laser-induced fluorescence technique to achieve on-line measurements of classified organic aerosol particles.

2. Qualification for application

We expect that candidates have a Ph.D. in related fields, especially with background knowledge and experience of laser spectroscopy. Knowledge of atmospheric chemistry and experience of field observations of chemical/optical properties of aerosols are also regarded as advantages .

Any nationality and any sex 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.

3. Work places

Frontier Research Center for Global Change, 3173-25 Showa-machi, Kanazawa-ku, Yokohama, Kanagawa 236-0001 Japan (Laboratory facility is located in the headquarter of JAMSTEC: 2-15 Natsushima-cho, Yokosuka, Kanagawa 237-0061, Japan

4. Contract period

Period of employment is from contract conclusion date to March 31st 2010. Employment contract is renewable every fiscal year depending on the progress of research. Maximum contract term of this position is three Japanese fiscal years, from the contract conclusion date to March 31st 2012.

5. Treatment

(1) Payment will be about 5,256,000 yen/year.
(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 not available.
(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.

6. Method of application

(1) Required documents
a. 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 (see below).
Applicant's name should be written on the envelope.
b. One copy of a resume. (with your email address for contact)
c. One copy of summary of your research experiences (1 page)
d. One copy of publication list including thesis titles. Please separate those with referred journals from other publications.
e. Each reprint copy of major publications (at maximum three publications)
f. 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 in charge of Human Resource Mr. Okayama,/ ACRP Dr. Kanaya
3173-25 Showa-machi, Kanazawa-ku, Yokohama, Kanagawa 236-0001, Japan
TEL: 81-45-778-5672
FAX: 81-45-778-5497

7. Closing date for application

February 27th, 2009 (application documents must arrive by this date)

8. Selection and employment

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