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Available Position JAMSTEC is recruiting a few positions as Engineers (II) or Engineers (III) (FKE22-002).
Recruiting Department Marine Robotics Engineering Group, Marine Observational Engineering Group or Marine Engineering Science Group, Engineering Department, Institute for Marine-Earth Exploration and Engineering (MarE3)
Job Description The Engineering Department (Director: Kenji Nagahashi), Institute for Marine-Earth Exploration and Engineering (MarE3), Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC), is seeking a few Engineers(II) or Engineers (III) for the following research and development work to establish next-generation ocean observation technology.

The Engineering Department, Institute for Marine-Earth Exploration and Engineering (MarE3) is aiming to improve the safety, accuracy, and efficiency of surveys and observations in various oceanographic areas with water depths below 7,000m, a complex topography, and hydrothermal eruption areas, which are important research targets of the project. The project aims to develop and implement next-generation autonomous underwater vehicle systems that can handle a wide range of observation activities, to advance ocean robotics, such as the automation and downsizing of ocean observation platforms. We welcome applicants with new perspectives for addressing the research areas described and those eager to collaborate with people inside and outside of JAMSTEC, in an effort to create next-generation deep-sea exploration systems for the future.

The successful candidate will be engaged in the development of one of the following technologies related to the abovementioned theme.
(1) System development of image processing and recognition technology and robot control technology, to realize automation of oceanographic observation.
(2) Understanding of basic and applied physics and the development of technologies, to improve underwater communication, positioning, sonar, etc.

For more information on the research activities of the Engineering Department, please visit:

*Group assignment will be determined at the time of appointment.

[Relevant Fields]
(1) Mechanical design, electrical and electronic engineering, software technology, etc.
(2) Software technology, array signal processing, digital communications, time series signal processing, electroacoustic vibration, elastic wave propagation, electrical and electronic engineering, machine design, etc.
Job Type [Job Title]
Engineering job is expected to improve and develop fundamental and comprehensive technologies related to the business operations of JAMSTEC, as well as maintain, update, plan, and promote such advanced technologies.

Engineer (II):
Engineer (II) is expected to understand the goals and objectives of their work, to perform duties as an expert in technology-related work, and to serve as a core member of the assigned department.

Engineer (III):
Engineer (III) is expected to understand the goals and objectives of their work, and to perform duties independently as an expert in technology-related work.

*There may be a change in affiliation in the case of reorganization of the Agency.
*At the time of appointment, the position will be determined in accordance with JAMSTEC bylaws.
Requirements Applicants must have completed a bachelor degree, a college degree, or a higher professional school degree.

[Qualifications and experience etc.]
We welcome applicants who have experience and skills in the development of various technologies (system linkage, database construction, geographic information systems, programming, data analysis, etc.) and those interested in the development of new platforms for solving marine and global environmental problems, with the communication skills necessary to promote collaboration inside and outside of JAMSTEC.
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:
a few positions for Engineers (II) or Engineers (III)

(2) Type of contract:
Tenure-track fixed-term employee

(3) Working Hours:
9:00-17:30 (Lunch hours 12:15-13:00)

(4) Contract Period:
Total period will be terminated on March 31, 2028 after a contract renewal.
First contract period is from April 1, 2023 to March 31, 2026.
*Contract period can be renewed depending on the performance and working attitude of the successful candidate.

*Effective date of employment is negotiable.
*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.
*After undergoing an evaluation during the period of employment, the contract may be modified to one without termination (termination of employment would be at the end of the fiscal year in which the employee reaches the age of 60, or the age of 65 if the employee is rehired after their retirement). For details on this system, please contact Human Resources Section.
Salary Annual salary (paid in 1/12 equal monthly payments)
e.g., JPY 4,500,000~6,000,000

*Overtime payment will be added to monthly salary.
*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 candidate 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

a) CV. Valid email and home address must be provided.
b) Resume of specialized work experience described details of career history, professional experiences and skills.

*Please submit the following documents voluntarily;
・Publication (achievement) list including thesis titles and competitive research funds awarded to the applicant
*Please list publications in refereed (peer-reviewed) journals separately from unrefereed publications.
*Include DOI codes if available.
・Two (or fewer) representative publications

(2) Submission
Please apply via the following website:

*All files must be converted to PDF format.
*Since some of the notation is in Japanese on the website, please refer to the following input procedure when entering your information.
Application guide

(3) Interview
Applicants will be selected based on submitted application material, followed by an interview.
*Web-based online interviews by Zoom are expected basically.

Closing Date September 13, 2022 at 13:00 in Japan time
*Depending on the situation of applications, the closing date may be extended.
Contact Human Resources Section, Human Resources Dept., JAMSTEC
TEL: +81-45-778-5812
(Email: recruit-app[at]jamstec.go.jp)
*Please replace [at] with @ when addressing Emails.
*For inquiries by Email, please include "MarE3 FKE22-002" 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 candidate 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.
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.