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JAMSTEC Young Research Fellow 2023

Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC)
Yokosuka Headquarters, Yokohama Institute of Earth Science, Kochi Core Research Institute, or Mutsu
Annual salary (paid in 1/12 equal monthly payments)  JPY 5,250,000
Closing date
Sep 5, 2022
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Job Details

Available Position

Japan Agency for Marine and Earth-Science and Technology (JAMSTEC) is recruiting personnel for about five JAMSTEC Young Research Fellow (JYRF) positions.

Aim of Position

In order to support and encourage talented young researchers who have just obtained Ph.D. to further develop their research theme, JAMSTEC launched the program to foster young researchers in 2014. This program renamed as "JAMSTEC Young Research Fellow (JYRF)" in 2019, has been producing excellent researchers who are active internationally.
JAMSTEC invites young researchers who are expected to play an active role in the international community and who are willing to take on challenging research activities.

Job Description

Successful fellows are expected to independently conduct scientific work on research topics of their own choice or to become involved in research already being conducted at JAMSTEC.
Research grants will be provided to successful fellows to facilitate the smooth start-up of their research at JAMSTEC (1,000,000 for the first fiscal year and 500,000 for the second and third years each). The successful fellow will also have access to the necessary facilities and equipment in JAMSTEC during the contract period.
Each successful fellow will be assigned a mentor and a sub-mentor. The mentor and the sub-mentor are responsible for providing advice on the successful fellow's research progress and support for the all aspects of research life.

[Relevant Research Fields]
Any natural science or engineering field


Applicants are required to have a Ph.D. in natural science or engineering field (including applicants expected to obtain a Ph.D. by the effective date of employment.)
*Specific dates regarding eligibility are below;
・ Applicants who have already been awarded a Ph.D. on or after September 1, 2017
・ Applicants who are expected to obtain a Ph.D. by September 30, 2023

Working Conditions & Contract Period

(1) Number of positions:
About five JYRF positions

(2) Type of contract:
Fixed-term employee

(3) Working Hours:
Discretionary labor system

(4) Contract Period:
Total period will be terminated on March 31, 2026, three full calendar years after several contract renewals.
*First contract period is from April 1, 2023, to March 31, 2024, in principle.
*Effective date is negotiable.
*Contract period can be renewed depending on the performance and working attitude of the successful fellows.
*In accordance with JAMSTEC bylaws, in the event of acquisition of childcare leave, acquisition of nursing care leave, or other special circumstances, the contract may be further renewed up to two years after the end of the contract period set forth.
*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.
*JYRF is a non-tenure-track, fixed-term employee position. However, the years of experience as JYRF will be included in the qualification when the researcher who has the JYRF experience applies for the selection examination for the permanent employee position, in accordance with JAMSTEC bylaws.

Terms of Employment

(1) Upon appointment, the successful fellow 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.

Application Procedure

Please apply via the following website:

*The application website should be written in English. However, applicants who can write in Japanese are encouraged to write in Japanese.
*Since some of the notation is in Japanese on the website, please refer to the following input procedure when entering your information.
Application guide for JAMSTEC Young Research Fellow 2023

[Required documents]
*All documents should be submitted in English, except e).
*e) would be acceptable in both English and Japanese.
*All files should be uploaded in PDF format only.

a) CV:
*Please download the designated form and fill in the required information:
CV form (Excel)
*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 previous research (1 page)
c) Research plan at JAMSTEC (up to 6 pages; you may use diagrams if necessary.)
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) Letter of recommendation with signature by the writer
*Employee or Visiting Researcher of JAMSTEC will not be accepted as a writer of Letter of recommendation.
f) Two (or fewer) representative publications
*If you do not have a published paper, please upload a PDF stated "none".

Applicants will be selected based on submitted application material, followed by an interview.
*Web-based online interviews by Zoom are expected basically.

Closing Date

September 6, 2022 at 13:00 in Japan time
*All the required documents, including the letter of recommendation, should be submitted from the website by this time and date.
*Depending on the situation of applications, the closing date may be extended.


Human Resources Section, Human Resources Dept., JAMSTEC
Email: jyrf2023[at]
*Please replace [at] with @ when addressing Emails.
*For inquiries by Email, please include "JYRF2023" in the subject line.

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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.

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