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JAMSTEC Young Research Fellow 2021

JAMSTEC Young Research Fellow 2021


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.


Yokosuka, Yokohama, Nankoku, Mutsu, Japan


Full time


Annual salary (paid in 1/12 equal monthly payments)  JPY 5,250,000 *There are no raise or bonuses. *The retirement allowance is included in the annual salary.

Required education

Application deadline
28 July 2020

19 June 2020

Job description

Aim of the Position
JAMSTEC encourages talented young researchers who have completed promising Ph.D. theses to develop their scientific excellence. For this purpose, the position for young researchers established in 2014 was renamed as “JAMSTEC Young Research Fellow (JYRF)” in 2019. Research grants will be provided to successful applicants to facilitate the smooth start-up of their research at 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 in JAMSTEC during the contract period.

Job Description
Successful applicants are expected to conduct scientific work independently on research topics of their own choice or to become involved in research already being conducted 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 assigned to each JYRF and will facilitate his/her research activities and evaluate their research progress each year.

[Relevant Research Fields]
Any natural science or engineering field.

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.)

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:
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, 2024 after two contract renewals. *First contract period is from April 1, 2021, to March 31, 2022. *Start date is negotiable. However, 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 the 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. *JYRF is a non-tenure-track, fixed-term employee position. However, in accordance with JAMSTEC bylaws, when the researcher who has the JYRF experience applies for the selection examination for the permanent employee position, the years of experience as JYRF will be included in the qualification.

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) 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 a withdrawal of your application by E-mail.
(4) Above conditions may be changed at the discretion of JAMSTEC.

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 procedures
Submit the application through the following website
When submitting the documents, please follow the instructions given on the website.

[Required documents] *All documents should be submitted in English, except e). *e) would be acceptable in both English and Japanese. *b)-f) should be uploaded in PDF formats.

a) CV. *Please enter the necessary information on our website.
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 recommender. *Employee or Visiting Scientist of JAMSTEC will not be accepted as a recommender.
f) Two (or fewer) representative publications.

Applicants will be selected based on submitted application material, followed by an interview. *Web-based online interviews by Zoom are expected basically due to the influence of COVID-19 expansion.

Closing Date
July 28, 2020 at 13:00 in Japan time *All the required documents, including the letter of recommendation, should be registered by the closing date.

Human Resources Section, Human Resources Dept., JAMSTEC
TEL: +81-45-778-5788
(E-mail: jyrf2021[at] *Please replace [at] with @ when addressing E-mails. *For inquiries by E-mail, please include “JYRF2021” in the subject line.