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Postdoctoral Researcher at the Sesmogenic Zone Monitoring Research Group, CEAT, JAMSTEC

Postdoctoral Researcher at the Sesmogenic Zone Monitoring Research Group, CEAT, 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 are no bonus and retirement allowance.

Required education

Application deadline
27 February 2019

6 February 2019

Job description

The Seismogenic Zone Monitoring Research Group, Research and Development (R&D) Center for Earthquake and Tsunami (CEAT), Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC) is soliciting applications for a Postdoctoral Researcher who will work independently on a research project titled “Compound Disaster Mitigation on the Great Earthquakes and Tsunamis around the Nankai Trough” (FY2013~FY2020) conducted with external funding from the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT).

Research Description
Project tasks will include the following;
・Rearranging historical documents for the previous Nankai Trough great earthquake and evaluating the tsunami trace heights 
・Evaluating the tsunami source area based on historical document analysis and tsunami sediment transport modeling
・Performing other duties as designated by the department

Relevant Research Fields
Geophysics, geology, and tsunami engineering

Job Type
Postdoctoral Research: 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 if the Agency is reorganized.

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.

*Appointment date is negotiable. *One contract period is a maximum of 1 fiscal year. The contract will not be renewed. *The contract period will end at the conclusion of this funding. *In accordance with JAMSTEC’s 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.

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 at JAMSTEC (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 directly to JAMSTEC 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 Nankai Postdoctoral Researcher, CEAT” (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 Nankai Postdoctoral Researcher, CEAT“ in the title.

(3) Interview and appointment Applicants will be selected based on submitted application materials, 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 27, 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 Nankai Postdoctoral Researcher, CEAT” in the title.

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