Postdoctoral Researcher in Research and Development Center for Earthquake and Tsunami Forecasting
JAMSTEC is recruiting one position as a Postdoctoral Researcher. (CGP20-003)
Earthquake and Tsunami Monitoring Group, Research and Development Center for Earthquake and Tsunami Forecasting (FEAT), Research Institute for Marine Geodynamics (IMG)
We are soliciting applications for a Postdoctoral Researcher potision for a research project titled “The development of analysis for monitoring current state and forecasting future process of subduction plates by using observational data and modeling of seismic activity and crustal deformation (FY2020-FY2025 PI:Takane Hori)”
This research will establish methods for monitoring and forecasting fault locking and sliding processes at subduction zone plate boundaries based on terrestrial and seafloor seismic observation data. We will also develop technologies to improve the accuracy of seafloor seismic data analyses and statistical analyses of seismic activity..
The mid- and long-term planning goal of the Earthquake and Tsunami Monitoring Group, R&D Center for Earthquake and Tsunami Forecasting is encapsulated in the project “Development of an analysis technique for monitoring and forecasting plate subduction processes using observational data and seismic activity and crustal deformation modeling”.
The successful applicant will develop data analysis methods to quantify spatiotemporal variation in interplate locking in and around subduction zones, based on terrestrial and seafloor seismic observation data; normal, low-frequency, and very low-frequency earthquake data will be analyzed. The successful applicant may also conduct research aimed at monitoring these types of seismic activities (and their focal mechanisms) based on seafloor seismic observation data and on statistical analysis, and at improving and customizing available analysis tools for maintenance operations.
[Relevant Research Fields]
Field Seismology, Geophysics, Solid Earth Science, and related fields.
Please refer to our website for details about the Research and Development Center for Earthquake and Tsunami Forecasting and our research plan.
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 event of reorganization of the Agency.
Applicants are required to have been awarded or expect to have obtained a Ph.D. in a related field by the effective date of employment. In addition, no more than 5 years can have passed between the last day of the fiscal year in which the applicants obtained a Ph.D. and the effective date of employment. (i.e., applicants who earned a Ph.D. after April 2015 are eligible.)
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 & Contract Period
(1) Number of positions:
1 position for a Postdoctoral Researcher
(2) Type of contract:
(3) Working Hours:
Discretionary labor system
(4) Contract Period:
Total period will be terminated on March 31, 2024 after two contract renewals.
*First contract period is from April 1, 2021 to March 31, 2022.
*The effective date of employment is negotiable and possible to start the appointment before April 1, 2021. In this case, the total period will be terminated on March 31, 2023.
*It might be changed due to the influence of COVID-19 expansion.
*Contract period can be renewed depending on the performance and working attitude of the successful applicant.
*Contract period might change due to budget constraints of the project.
*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.
Annual salary (paid in 1/12 equal monthly payments)
*There are no raise or bonuses.
*Retirement allowance is included in the annual salary.
Terms of Employment
(1) Upon appointment, the successful applicant 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 is not available.
(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.
(1) Required documents
*Please ensure that you submit all required documents and that all documents are fully completed
a) CV. Valid E-mail and home address must be provided.
*Please include contact information for one reference who is a senior research scientist; he/she should not be an employee or a Visiting Scientist of JAMSTEC.
The reference person will be required to submit a letter of recommendation for the selected applicant directly to JAMSTEC, by E-mail, after screening of documents.
b) Summary of your research (1 page)
c) Research plan for the project (1 page)
d) Publication (achievement) list including thesis titles.
*Please list publications in refereed (peer-reviewed) journals separately from unrefereed publications.
*Include DOI codes if available.
e) List of competitive research funds awarded to the applicant.
*If you have not been awarded any, include “none” in the list.
f) Two (or fewer) representative publications in PDF formats.
The required documents must be sent by E-mail and should reach JAMSTEC on or before the closing date.
*All files must be converted to PDF format. E-mail attachments can be up to 25 MB. Please include “FEAT CGP20-003” in the subject line.
(3) Interview and appointment
Applicants will be selected based on submitted application material, followed by an interview.
*Web-based online interviews by Zoom are expected basicaly due to the influence of COVID-19 expansion.
December 23, 2020 at 13:00 in Japan time (The application documents must arrive at JAMSTEC by this date.)
*The recruitment will be closed when the position is filled.
Human Resources Section, Human Resources Dept., JAMSTEC
*Please replace [at] with @ when addressing E-mails.
*For inquiries by E-mail, please include “FEAT CGP20-003” in the subject line.
(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 applicant should submit a certificate documenting his/her health upon appointment.
(3) Please kindly inform us in case of withdrawal of your application by E-mail.
(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.