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Environmental Geochemical Cycle Research Group, Earth Surface System Research Center (ESS), Research Institute for Global Change (RIGC)
Recruitment of Postdoctoral Researcher (AGP21-022)

Available Position JAMSTEC is recruiting one position as a Postdoctoral Researcher. (AGP21-022)
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Environmental Geochemical Cycle Research Group, Earth Surface System Research Center (ESS), Research Institute for Global Change (RIGC)
Job Description The Environmental Geochemical Cycle Research Group, Earth Surface System Research Center (ESS), Research Institute for Global Change (RIGC) is soliciting applications for a Postdoctoral Researcher position as part of the project funded by the Japan Society of Promotion of Science (JSPS) Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research -KAKENHI-, "Digital Biosphere: Integrated biosphere science for mitigating global environment change", Sub-Project "High-resolution Observation of Ecosystem Structure, Function, and Diversity based on Remote-Sensing Technology (FY2021-FY2025, Co-Investigator: Eko Siswanto)".

[Research Description]
In this project, we are conducting field observations and remote-sensing analysis to understand environmental changes, including those in coastal water environments, and expect to contribute to environmental-change assessment and environmental problem-solving by disseminating our research outputs. As a consequence of global warming and population growth in coastal zones, coastal waters have been experiencing rapid environmental changes that can be destructive to the ecosystem and biodiversity.

One of the most severe environmental problems in coastal waters is the occurrence of ‘red tides’ caused by increasing nutrient supply (eutrophication), which can devastate fisheries industries and result in heavy economic losses. As a component of integrated measures to deal with these coastal-water environmental problems, a rapid observation system for early warning is needed.

Among the essential parameters for coastal-water monitoring are inherent and apparent optical properties based on relevant ocean-color algorithms (phytoplankton biomass, phytoplankton groups, red tide) that will be developed and applied to remote-sensing-based observations/monitoring. The successful applicant will participate in the field observations, airborne- and satellite-based hyperspectral and multispectral data analysis, and algorithm development, in collaboration with project members and other scientists in both national and international institutes, and will be expected to contribute to the development of a digital biosphere model.

[Relevant Research Fields]
Environmental sciences, Oceanography, Remote Sensing, and other related fields
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 2016 are eligible.)
Work Place Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC)
Yokohama Institute for Earth Sciences (YES),
3173-25 Showa-machi, Kanazawa-ku, Yokohama-city,
Kanagawa, 236-0001, 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 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 Email and home address must be provided.
*Please include contact information for one reference who is a senior research scientist.
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. The reference person should not be an employee or a Visiting Researcher of JAMSTEC.
b) Summary of your research (1 page)
c) Research plan for the project (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 "ESS AGP21-022" 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 6, 2022 at 13:00 in Japan time (The application documents must arrive at JAMSTEC by this date.)
*Depending on the situation of applications, the closing date may be extended.
Contact (application documents must be sent to this address) Human Resources Section, Human Resources Dept., JAMSTEC
TEL: +81-45-778-5788
(Email: recruit-app[at]jamstec.go.jp)
*Please replace [at] with @ when addressing Emails.
*For inquiries by Email, please include "ESS AGP21-022" 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 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.