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Available Position JAMSTEC is recruiting a few positions as Researchers (II) (FKS22-001).
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 researchers for the following research and development work to establish next-generation ocean observation technology.

[Research Description]
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 having water depths below 7,000m, a complex topography, and hydrothermal eruption areas, which are important research targets of the project. Key action items include the development and implementation of next-generation autonomous underwater vehicle systems for a wide range of observation activities and the advancement of ocean robotics technology, e.g., automating and downsizing ocean observation platforms. This position is open to researchers who will vigorously promote the abovementioned themes to create the next generation of deep-sea exploration systems, based on new perspectives and ideas, unique technologies and experience, and through interactions both within and outside of the organization.

The successful candidate will be engaged in one of the following research projects related to the abovementioned theme.

(1) Research that integrates image processing/recognition technology and mechatronics to develop control platforms that will enable robots to act as avatars or as autonomous robots under the deep sea.
(2) Research that promotes the development of next-generation underwater visualization and remote-sensing technologies using sound waves and other wave phenomena.

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

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

[Related Research Fields]
(1) Image processing, recognition technology, machine learning technology, mechatronics, robotics, etc.
(2) Array signal processing, digital communications, time series signal processing, electroacoustic vibration, elastic body wave propagation, etc.

Job Type [Job Title]
Researcher (Technology):
Researcher (Technology) is expected to conduct fundamental, originative, or advanced technology development and related research.

Researcher (II):
Researcher (II) is expected independently to conduct research and technology development and to share results through scientific publications and achieve technology innovation.

*There may be a change in affiliation in the case 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.

[Qualifications and experience etc.]
Experience and skills in the development of various technologies (system linkage, database construction, geographic information systems, programming, data analysis, etc.), the motivation to undertake development work to solve marine and global environmental problems, and the necessary communication skills 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 Researchers (II)

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

(3) Working Hours:
Discretionary labor system

(4) Contract Period:
Period of employment is from April 1, 2023 to March 31, 2028

*Effective date of employment is negotiable.
*One contract period is a maximum of five fiscal years. The contract period will not be renewed.
*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 6,000,000~7,000,000

*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 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.
*Please include contact information for two references.
*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 (1 page)
c) Research plan at JAMSTEC (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
f) Two letters of recommendation from two senior research scientists (1 letter from each).
*The person providing the recommendation should email to JAMSTEC directly with a signed letter as an attached file in PDF format by the closing date. Please include "MarE3 FKS22-001 and the applicant's name" in the subject line.
*Employee or Visiting Researcher of JAMSTEC will not be accepted as a writer of Letter of recommendation.

(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 October 12, 2022 at 23:59 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 FKS22-001" 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.