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Available Position JAMSTEC is recruiting one position as a Postdoctoral Researcher or Project Engineer(II) / Project Engineer(III). (BGM23-001)
Recruiting Department Geochemistry Research Group, Submarine Resources Research Center (SRRC), Research Institute for Marine Resources Utilization (MRU)
Job Description The Geochemistry Research Group, Submarine Resources Research Center (SRRC), Research Institute for Marine Resources Utilization (MRU) is soliciting applications for a Postdoctoral Researcher or Project Engineer(II) / Project Engineer(III) to work on a Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research project entitled "Research and development of sulfur isotope studies on seafloor massive sulfide (SMS) deposits and volcanogenic massive sulfide (VMS) deposits on land (FY2023~FY2025, PI: Tatsuo Nozaki)”.

[Research Description]
(1) Preparation of thin and/or polished sections of sulfide rocks from SMS and VMS deposits.
(2) Petrographic observations of thin and/or polished sections using microscopy, SEM, EPMA, etc.
(3) Analysis of sulfur isotopes of SMS and VMS deposits, etc., in collaboration with other research institutes.
*Postdoctoral researchers are also expected to publish the above results in a paper.

The successful candidate will contribute to research aimed at understanding the role of microbial activity in the initial formation of SMS and VMS deposits on the subseafloor. The successful candidate will develop and conduct sulfur isotope studies of SMS and VMS deposits, with the aim of better understanding both the metallogenesis of these deposits and the subseafloor sulfur cycle.
Please refer to our website for details on the R&D taking place at SRRC (https://www.jamstec.go.jp/srrc/j/).

*There may be a change in affiliation in the case of reorganization of the Agency.

【Related Research Fields】
Economic geology, Geochemistry, Geology, Mineralogy, Analytical chemistry, etc.
Job Type Postdoctoral Researcher: To contribute to the project, a Postdoctoral Researcher should be able to independently conduct the research subjects which are authorized by the Projects under direction of a leader, and to be appointed to improve their research qualities.

[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.

Project Engineer (II):
Project 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.

Project Engineer (III):
Project 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.
Requirements Postdoctoral Researcher:
Applicants are required to have obtained or expect to obtain a Ph.D. in a related field by the effective date of employment. Applicants are required to commence employment no later than 5 years after the last day of the fiscal year in which they obtain their Ph.D. (i.e., only applicants who obtained their Ph.D. after April 2018 are eligible).

Project Engineer (II) / Project Engineer (III):
Applicants must have must have completed a bachelor degree in a closely related field of research or technology development, or possess equivalent development skills.
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:
1 position for a Postdoctoral Researcher or Project Engineer(II) / Project Engineer(III)

(2) Type of contract:
Fixed-term employee

Postdoctoral Researcher:
(3) Working Hours:
Discretionary labor system

Project Engineer (II) / Project Engineer (III):
(3) Working Hours:
9:00-17:30 (Lunch hours 12:15-13:00)
(4) Contract Period:         
Total period will be terminated on March 31, 2026 after two contract renewals.
*First contract period is from June 1, 2023 to March 31, 2024.
*Effective date of employment is negotiable.
*Contract period can be renewed depending on the performance and working attitude of the successful candidate.
*Contract period might change due to budget constraints of the projects.
*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)
*Salary will be competitive in accordance with JAMSTEC bylaw, based on the academic qualifications and demonstrated research skills of the candidate.
*Bonus and retirement allowance are included in the annual salary.

Postdoctoral Researcher:
JPY 4,400,000-5,600,000
*There is no raise.

Project Engineer (II) / Project Engineer (III):
e.g., JPY4,500,000~6,500,000
*Overtime payment will be added to monthly 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) Postdoctoral Researcher: Housing lease service is not available.
Project Engineer(II) / Project Engineer(III): 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 note that required documents differ depending on the position.

Postdoctoral Researcher:
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 projects (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

Project Engineer(II) / Project Engineer(III)
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 April 23, 2023 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 "SRRC BGM23-001" 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.