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Marine Biodiversity and Environmental Assessment Research Center (BioEnv),
Research Institute for Global Change (RIGC)
Recruitment of Principal Researcher (AKS20-021)

Available Position JAMSTEC is recruiting one position as a permanent employee Principal Researcher (AKS20-021)
Marine Biodiversity and Environmental Assessment Research Center (BioEnv), Research Institute for Global Change (RIGC)
Job Description The Marine Biodiversity and Environmental Assessment Research Center (BioEnv; Director: Katsunori Fujikura), Research Institute for Global Change (RIGC) is accepting applications for a permanent position as a Principal Researcher.

To gain scientific knowledge on the impact of human activity on marine ecosystems, BioEnv plans to comprehensively analyze the distribution and impact of marine plastics on ecosystems, and to develop effective methods for dealing with them, to facilitate the conservation of marine ecosystems. The successful applicant will be required to conduct research aimed at improving our understanding of marine environmental issues, including marine plastics, by participating in international projects, for example.

The successful applicant will:
• lead research and development at JAMSTEC related to marine environmental issues, including the marine ecosystem and marine plastics, mainly through fieldwork and laboratory experiments, and will publish the findings of these studies in peer-reviewed journals.
• be proactive in promoting domestic and international collaborations (by participating in an international research network) related to marine environmental research, including marine plastics research, and in proposing cross-cutting research development strategies, while also taking full advantage of JAMSTEC resources, including next-generation human resources.
• contribute to improving marine environmental literacy.
• promote various research and management programs at BioEnv in the capacity of principal researcher.

[Relevant research fields]
Oceanography, Biology, Ecology, Materials Chemistry
Job Type [Job Title]
Researcher (Science/Technology):
· Researcher (Science) is expected primarily to perform theoretical work, observations, and experiments related to research and development, through fundamental, original, or advanced research to conduct fundamental, originative, or advanced research based on theories, observations, and experiments.
· Researcher (Technology) is expected to conduct fundamental, originative, or advanced technology development and related research.

Principal Researcher:
Principal Researcher is expected to generate research results that lead Japan and the world and to provide appropriate advice and recommendations for highly professional decision making in the JAMSTEC management.

*Assigned affiliation will be determined at the time of appointment. However, there may be a change in affiliation in the case of reorganization of the Agency.
*At the time of appointment, the Job Title (Science/Technology) will be determined in accordance with JAMSTEC bylaws.
Requirements The successful applicant must have completed a Ph.D. in a closely related field of research or technology development.
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 as a Principal Researcher

(2) Type of contract:
Permanent employee

(3) Working Hours:
Discretionary labor system

(4) Contract Period:
Period of employment is from April 1, 2021.
*The effective date of employment is negotiable.
Salary Annual salary (paid in 1/12 equal monthly payments)
e.g., up to JPY 13,500,000

*Salary will be competitive in accordance with JAMSTEC bylaw, based on the academic qualifications and demonstrated research skills of the applicant.
*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 will be available in accordance with JAMSTEC 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
*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 2 references who are senior research scientists.
*The person listed as a reference should be different from the person who wrote the letter of recommendation and should not be an employee or Visiting Researcher of JAMSTEC.
b) Summary of your research (2 pages)
c) Research plan at JAMSTEC (1 page)
d) List of publications and achievements including thesis titles
*Please list publications in refereed (peer-reviewed) journals separately from unrefereed publications and other achievements.
*Please mark outstanding achievements (5 to 10).
*Indicate DOI codes if possible.
e) List of competitive research funds awarded to the applicant
*If you have not been awarded any, include "none" in the list.
f) 5 (or fewer) representative publications
g) 3 letters of recommendation from three senior research scientists (1 letter from each). 1 out of 3 letters should be written by a principal research scientist belonging a non-Japanese institution or university. The person providing the recommendation should E-mail to JAMSTEC directly with a signed letter as an attached file in PDF format. Please include "BioEnv AKS20-021 and the applicant's name" in the subject line. A letter 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 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 "BioEnv AKS20-021" 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 December 25, 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: +81-45-778-5788
(E-mail: recruit-app[at]jamstec.go.jp)
*Please replace [at] with @ when addressing E-mails.
*For inquiries by E-mail, please include "BioEnv AKS20-021" 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.