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Researcher, Researcher (II) or Postdoctoral Researcher at Research and Development Center for Earthquake and Tsunami Forecasting, JAMSTEC

Position
Researcher, Researcher (II) or Postdoctoral Researcher at Research and Development Center for Earthquake and Tsunami Forecasting, JAMSTEC

Employer
Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC) logo

Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC)

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.

Homepage: https://www.jamstec.go.jp/e/


Location
YOKOHAMA, Japan

Sector
Government

Type
Full time

Level
Experienced

Salary
Annual salary (paid in 1/12 equal monthly payments) *Bonus and retirement allowance are included in the annual salary. ・Researcher/Researcher (II): e.g., JPY 6,000,000~7,500,000 ・Postdoctoral Researcher: JPY 4,400,000~5,250,000 *There is no raise.

Required education
PhD

Application deadline
19 December 2022

Posted
21 October 2022

Job description

Job Description

The Earthquake Forecasting Research Group, Research and Development Center for Earthquake and Tsunami Forecasting (FEAT; Director: Takane Hori), Research Institute for Marine Geodynamics (IMG), Japan Agency for Marine Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC), is recruiting a Researcher, Researcher (II), or Postdoctoral Researcher to engage in the following research project.

[Research Description]
The Earthquake Prediction Research Group is engaged in the research and development of a three-dimensional seismogenic zone subsurface structure model to be applied in simulations of earthquake generation, seismic wave propagation, and tsunami generation, as well as data analyses associated with crustal activity and the prediction of interplate locking/slipping states using data assimilation methods.

This position is open to individuals who will be responsible for developing challenging and original research themes as follows:

  1. Development of an earthquake prediction system for seismogenic zones around the Japanese Islands, data assimilation using seismic and crustal deformation data acquired by terrestrial and seafloor observations, and the prediction of interplate locking/slipping states. Analysis methods for the implementation of this system will require development and improvement.
  2. Development of a forecasting method that takes into account subsurface structure uncertainties, and analyses to facilitate the dissemination of forecasting results including these uncertainties.
  3. Accumulation of new knowledge on the physics of earthquake occurrence and seismic activity, and promotion of joint research based on advanced research methods through collaboration with other researchers in the fields of mathematical information and computational science within and outside JAMSTEC.

Detailed descriptions of the research conducted at FEAT, IMG, are available online at
https://www.jamstec.go.jp/feat/e/

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

[Relevant Research Fields]
Solid earth and planetary physics such as seismology and geodesy, mathematical and information sciences, and their related fields

Job Type

[Job Title]
Researcher (Science/Technology):

  • Researcher (Science) is expected primarily to perform theoretical work, observations, and experiments related to research and development, through fundamental, original, or advanced research to conduct fundamental, originative, or advanced research based on theories, observations, and experiments.
  • Researcher (Technology) is expected to conduct fundamental, originative, or advanced technology development and related research.

[Position]
Researcher:
Researcher is expected to further accumulate and develop it’s own expertise, and to continuously create and publish the results of their main papers and technology development as a dedicated researcher.

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

*At the time of appointment, the Job Title (Science/Technology) and the position will be determined in accordance with JAMSTEC bylaws.

Postdoctoral Researcher:
To contribute to the projects, 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.

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

*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 Researcher, Researcher (II) or Postdoctoral Researcher

(2) Type of contract:
Researcher/Researcher (II): Tenure-track fixed-term employee
Postdoctoral Researcher: Fixed-term employee

(3) Working Hours:
Discretionary labor system

(4) Contract Period: *Effective date of employment is negotiable.

Researcher/Researcher (II):
Period of employment is from April 1, 2023 to March 31, 2028

  • 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.

Postdoctoral Researcher:
Total period will be terminated on March 31, 2026 after two contract renewals.

  • First contract period is from April 1, 2023 to March 31, 2024.
  • Contract period can be renewed depending on the performance and working attitude of the successful candidate.
  • 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.

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.

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.


How to apply

Application Procedure

(1) Required documents *Please note that required documents differ depending on the position.

Researcher/Researcher (II):
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 “FEAT CKM22-004 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.

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 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

(2) Submission
Please apply via the following website:
https://recruit.jobcan.jp/jamstec/entry/new/1330244

*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

December 19, 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: +81-45-778-5811
(Email: recruit-app[at]jamstec.go.jp) *Please replace [at] with @ when addressing Emails. *For inquiries by Email, please include “FEAT CKM22-004” in the subject line.