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Arctic Geochemical Cycle Research Group, Institute Arctic Climate and Environment Research (IACE), Research Institute for Global Change (RIGC), Recruitment of Postdoctoral Researcher
Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology
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Arctic Geochemical Cycle Research Group, Institute Arctic Climate and Environment Research (IACE)
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We invite applications for a Postdoctoral Researcher position as part of the project entitled “Improvement of the plant canopy radiative transfer model for GCOM-C land product development (April 1, 2019 to March 31, 2022) (Principal Investigator Hideki Kobayashi)". This project is funded by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA). The position will be based within the Arctic Geochemical Cycle Research Group, Institute of Arctic Climate and Environment Change Research (IACE), Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC), where the research is to be conducted.

The Japanese Earth-observing satellite GCOM-C was launched in December 2017. The accuracy of ecosystem parameter estimation using GCOM-C relies on the accuracy of the radiative transfer calculation. The successful applicant will work on improving the visible to near-infrared plant canopy radiative transfer model in the following ways.
1. Investigate the factors that cause differences in reflectance between satellite and model simulation. Target areas include Japanese temperate forest, boreal forest, and potentially other ecosystems, including tropical forest.
2. Improve the radiative transfer code and ancillary data used in the model.
3. Develop numerical schemes to estimate large-scale ecosystem parameters.
Required skills include FORTRAN programming on Linux systems. Preferred experience includes Git, R, Python, QGIS, and Google Earth Engine.

[Relevant Research Fields]
Remote sensing, Environmental science, Planetary science, and other related fields

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 intend to improve his/her research qualities.

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

Research field
Mathematical and physical sciences
Earth and planetary science
Mathematical and physical sciences
Mathematical and physical sciences
Job type
Researcher/Postdoc level
Employment status
non-tenure-track position
Work location
Kanto district - Kanagawa 

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 5 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.

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


Annual salary (paid in 1/12 equal monthly payments)
e.g. JPY 5,250,000
*There are no raise, bonus and retirement allowance.

Type of contract:
Fixed-term employee

Working Hours
Discretionary labor system

Contract Period
October 1, 2019 to March 31, 2020.
*The contract period can be renewed but the contract period will be terminated on the end of March, 2022.

*Appointment date is negotiable.
*One contract period is a maximum of 1 fiscal year.
*The contract period will end at the conclusion of this funding.
*The contract period mentioned above will change according to budget of this project.
*In accordance with JAMSTEC's 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.

For the details, please refer to the above "Job posting URL".

Application period
2019/07/23 Deadline for receipt
/notification of result
/contact details

(1) Required documents
a) A CV (1 copy). A 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, either by POST or E-mail, after screening of documents.
b) A summary of your research (1 copy, A4 size, 1 page)
c) Your research plan in the project (1 copy, A4 size, 1 page)
d) Publication (achievement) list including thesis titles (1 copy).
*Please list publications in refereed (peer-reviewed) journals separately from unrefereed publications (1 copy).
e) A list of competitive research funds awarded to the applicant (1 copy).
*If you have not been awarded any, include "none" in the list.
f) 2 (or fewer) representative publications (1 copy).

(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 "GCOM-C, Postdoctoral Researcher" (in red) on the front of the envelope. Registered mail is recommended for confirming receipt of your application (no acknowledgement 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 GCOM-C, Postdoctoral Researcher" in the title.

(3) Interview and Appointment
Applicants will be selected based on submitted application material, followed by an interview. The successful applicant is expected to join us on October 1, 2019.
*Web-based online interviews by ZOOM are also available.

(Contact Information)
Human Resources Division, Human Resources Dept., JAMSTEC
2-15 Natsushima-cho, Yokosuka city, Kanagawa
237-0061 Japan
TEL: +81-46-867-9598 FAX: +81-46-867-9095
(E-mail: recruit-app[at]
*Please replace [at] with @ when addressing e-mails.
*For inquiries by e-mail, please include "GCOM-C, Postdoctoral Researcher" in the title.

Additional information

1) Submitted documents will not be returned to the applicants.
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 will required to submit a certificate documenting his/her health upon appointment.
4) Withdrawal of the application must be done by written notice.
5) The conditions above may be changed at the discretion of the agency.
6) For non-Japanese speakers, the interview 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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