FY2019 Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology International Postdoctoral Fellow

Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC) International Postdoctoral Fellow
Yokosuka, Yokohama, Mutsu or Kochi, Japan
Annual salary (paid in 1/12 equal monthly payments) JPY 5,250,000
Apr 24, 2018
May 24, 2018
International Postdoctoral Fellow Programme
Career Level
Education Level
Job Type
Relocation Cost
No Relocation
Sector Type

JAMSTEC is recruiting a total of 4 - 5 International postdoctoral fellow positions. *Now accepting applications (PDF) via e-mail.

Aim of the Position

JAMSTEC wants to help talented young researchers who have completed promising Ph.D. theses to develop their scientific excellence. For this purpose, JAMSTEC has established an international postdoctoral fellowship programme. It is intended that research grants will be provided to successful applicants which will facilitate smooth start-up of his/her research in JAMSTEC (¥1,000,000 for the first fiscal year and ¥500,000 for each of the second and third years). The successful applicant will also have access to the necessary facilities and equipment at JAMSTEC during the contract period.

Job Description

Successful applicants to this programme are expected to conduct scientific work independently on research topics of their own proposing or to proceed with research at JAMSTEC. The successful applicant will also have access to the necessary facilities and equipment at JAMSTEC during the contract period.
A mentor will be designated to each JAMSTEC International Postdoctoral Fellow, who will facilitate his/her research activities and evaluate research progress each year.

Relevant Research Fields

Any natural science or engineering field.
(We welcome applicants without experience or background in Oceanography or Earth Sciences.)


Applicants are required to have been awarded or expect to have obtained a Ph.D. in a related field by the date of employment. In addition, no more than five years may have passed between the last day of the fiscal year in which the applicants obtained a Ph.D. and the date of employment. (Applicants who earned a Ph.D. after April, 2013 will be eligible.)

*Persons of any nationality and either gender are encouraged to apply.

Work Place

Any of the following

JAMSTEC research sites:Yokosuka Headquarters,
Yokohama Institute of Earth Science,
Kochi Core Research Institute,
Mutsu Research Institute

Working Conditions & Contract Period

(1) Number of positions:
4 - 5 JAMSTEC International Postdoctoral Fellow positions

(2) Type of contract:
Fixed-term employee

(3) Working Hours:
Discretionary labor system

(4) Contract Period:

Period of employment is from April 1, 2019 to March 31, 2020. One contract period is maximum one fiscal year. The contract period can be renewed but the total contract period is a maximum three fiscal years (until March 31, 2022).

*Working conditions will meet the bylaws of JAMSTEC.
*In accordance with the bylaws of JAMSTEC, on reaching the age of 65 years 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.
*There may be a change in affiliation in the case of reorganization of the Agency.


Annual salary (paid in 1/12 equal monthly payments)

JPY 5,250,000                           

*There is no raise, bonus, or retirement allowance.

Terms of Employment

(1) Upon appointment, the successful applicant will receive a relocation allowance in accordance with the bylaws of JAMSTEC.
(2) An allowance for commuting expenses will be provided.
(3) The employee and JAMSTEC will share the premiums for social insurance, labor insurance and health insurance in the proportions specified by current statute.
(4) The JAMSTEC employee cooperative provides various subsidies for mutual aid and welfare services.
(5) A housing lease service is not available. Housing information is available upon request.
(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
*Documents a) to f) should be submitted in English.
a) A CV (1 copy). A valid email and home address must be provided.
*Please indicate your research field from among the following (select all that apply):
 I) Solid Earth and Geological Sciences
 II) Global Environmental Science
 III) Biological Sciences
 IV) Computer Science or Engineering,
 V) Other
*Please include contact information for two references. These persons should be someone other than the person mentioned in h) below and should not be employees or Visiting Scientists of JAMSTEC.
b) A summary of your PhD Thesis (1 copy, 1 page).
c) A summary of your research (1 copy, 1 page).
d) Your research plan at JAMSTEC (1 copy, up to 6 pages; you may use diagrams if necessary).
e) Publication (achievement) list including thesis titles (1 copy).
*Please list publications in refereed (peer-reviewed) journals separately from unrefereed publications (1 copy).
f) A list of competitive research funds awarded to the applicant (1 copy).
*If you have not been awarded any, include "none" in the list.
g) Two (or fewer) representative publications (1 copy).
h) A letter of recommendation from a senior research scientist. The person providing the recommendation should send the letter directly to JAMSTEC by POST or via e-mail. If sending by e-mail, please attach signed documents by PDF. The applicant's name should be written on the envelope or in the title of an email. Letter of recommendation written by a JAMSTEC employee or 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 JAMSTEC International Postdoctoral Fellow" (in red) on the front of the envelope. Registered mail is recommended so that you may confirm receipt of your application (no acknowledgment 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 JAMSTEC International Postdoctoral Fellow" in the title.

(3) Interview and appointment
Applicants will be selected based on submitted application materials, followed by an interview. Interviews will be conducted in English in early September, 2018. The successful applicants are expected to join us on April 1, 2019.

*A travel allowance is available for applicants from abroad, but only under certain circumstances.

Closing Date

17 pm, May 28, 2018 (Japan Time)
*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.

Contact Information (application documents needs to be sent to this address)

Human Resources Division, Human Resources Department, JAMSTEC
2-15 Natsushima-cho, Yokosuka city, Kanagawa
237-0061 Japan
TEL: +81-46-867-9583 FAX: +81-46-867-9095
*Please replace [at] with @ when addressing e-mails.
*For inquiries by e-mail, please include "Recruitment for FY2019 JAMSTEC International Postdoctoral Fellow" in the title.)


(1) Submitted documents will not be returned to the applicant.
(2) 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.
(3) The successful applicant should submit a certificate documenting his/her health upon appointment. .
(4) Withdrawal of the application must be done by written notice.
(5) The above conditions may be changed at the discretion of the agency.
(6) For non-Japanese speakers, interviews and daily work will be conducted in English.


The Japanese government encourages social advancement of women. In accordance with this principle and under the JAMSTEC’s principle of gender equality, in this call for applicants, JAMSTEC encourages all qualified female researchers to apply. If a male and a female applicant are evaluated equally, we will select the female applicant.

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