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Postdoctoral Researcher at the Department of Mathematical Science and Advanced Technology (MAT), JAMSTEC

Postdoctoral Researcher at the Department of Mathematical Science and Advanced Technology (MAT), JAMSTEC

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Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology

Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC) has the main objective to contribute to the advancement of academic research in addition to the improvement of marine science and technology by proceeding the fundamental research and development on marine, and the cooperative activities on the academic research related to the Ocean for the benefit of the peace and human welfare.


Yokohama, Japan


Full time


Annual salary (paid in 1/12, equal monthly payments) e.g., JPY 5,250,000 *There is no raise, bonus and retirement allowance.

Required education

Application deadline
25 February 2019

6 February 2019

Job description

The Department of Mathematical Science and Advanced Technology (MAT) at JAMSTEC provides a nurturing environment for the development of technology, specializing in improving the corrosion resistance of turbines. This work falls within the remit of the priority project “Development of acid-resistant and low adhesion technologies for the geothermal power generation system (Project period: FY2018-FY2021)” funded by the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO). We invite Postdoctoral Researchers. Applicants should be interested in developing numerical models of droplets to optimize turbine drain catcher systems.

The details of the research can be found at:

The successful applicant will work on the following specific tasks using particle simulation methods, such as smoothed particle hydrodynamics or the fluid solvers including volume of fluid models (VOF), to represent free surfaces: 1) Numerical simulation of droplets in a steam turbine. 2) Numerical simulation of liquid films deposited on turbine blades. 3) Experimental validation study of the model, in collaboration with other researchers working on the project.

Relevant Research Fields
Computer science, particle simulation, fluid mechanics, software engineering, mechanical engineering, any fields related to computer simulations.

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 case of reorganization of the Agency.

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

Working Conditions
(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
May 1, 2019 to March 31, 2020. (Annual renewal up to total of 2 fiscal years)

*Appointment date is negotiable. *One contract period is a maximum of 1 fiscal year. The contract period can be expected to be renewed annually but the total contract period is for a maximum of 2 fiscal years (until March 31, 2021), depending on the progress of this research project and the performance of the employee. *The contract period mentioned above will change according to the budget of this project. *In accordance with JAMSTEC’s bylaws, on reaching the age of 65 during the 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.

How to apply

(1) Required documents
a) A CV (1 copy). A valid E-mail and home address must be provided.
b) A summary of your research (1 copy, A4 size, 1 page)
c) Your research plan for the project (1 copy, A4 size, 1 page)
d) Publication (achievement) list including thesis titles (1 copy) *Please list publications in refereed (peer-reviewed) journals separately from unrefereed publications (1 copy).
e) A list of competitive research funds awarded to the applicant (1 copy). *If you have not been awarded any, include “none” in the list.
f) 2 (or fewer) representative publications (1 copy).
g) A letter of recommendation from a senior research scientist. The person providing the recommendation should send the letter to JAMSTEC directly by POST or E-mail. In the case of E-mail, a signed letter in PDF format should be attached. The applicant’s name should be specified on the envelope or in the title of the E-mail. Letters 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 POST or E-mail and should reach JAMSTEC on or before the closing date. *Please write “PERSONNEL, FY2019 MAT NEDO Postdoctoral Researcher” (in red) on the front of the envelope. Registered mail is recommended for confirming receipt of your application (no acknowledgement will be provided). *If you send an application via E-mail, all files must be converted to PDF format. E-mail attachments can be up to 25 MB. Please include “Recruitment for FY2019 MAT NEDO Postdoctoral Researcher” in the title.

(3) Interview and appointment
Applicants will be selected based on submitted application material, followed by an interview. Currently, interviews are scheduled in March, 2019. The successful applicant is expected to join us on May 1, 2019.

Closing Date
February 25, 2019 at 13:00 JST (The application documents must arrive at JAMSTEC by this date.)

*If there are fewer applications than expected, the closing date may be extended. *All the required documents, including the letter of recommendation, must arrive at JAMSTEC by the closing date.

Human Resources Division, Human Resources Dept., JAMSTEC
2-15 Natsushima-cho, Yokosuka city, Kanagawa
237-0061 Japan
TEL: +81-46-867-9415 FAX: +81-46-867-9095
(E-mail: recruit-app[at] *Please replace [at] with @ when addressing E-mails. *For inquiries by E-mail, please include “Recruitment for FY2019 MAT NEDO Postdoctoral Researcher” in the title.

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