Oceanographers Wanted to Advance Arctic Ocean & Climate Research in Japan

Arctic Ocean and Climate System Research Unit, Institute of Arctic Climate and Environment Research (IACE) at JAMSTEC is soliciting applications for a tenure-track Scientist or Technical Scientist who will take part in the medium-term plan and to engage in the following research and development activities.

Location: Yokosuka, Kanagawa, Japan

Research Overview

Research and development toward understanding changes in the Arctic Ocean and sea-ice environments, and their impact on budgets and transfer of components including heat, fresh water, and matter within the Arctic Ocean and the global climate system.

We welcome applicants whose experience includes fields beyond Arctic Ocean research. Applicants are not required to have prior knowledge of Arctic Ocean research topics; however, they are expected to understand the basics of sea ice and physical oceanography.

Relevant research fields: Physical oceanography, polar oceanography, and natural science fields related to oceanography or Earth sciences.

Details of the research can be found here.

Job Type

Scientist: To contribute to the Agency, a Scientist should be able to perform world-leading research independently and share the results through scientific publications.

Technical Scientist: To contribute to the Agency, a Technical Scientist is expected to take a leading role in research, technology development, and technology innovation.

*There may be a change in affiliation in the event of reorganization of the Agency. *At the time of appointment, the Job Type (Scientist or Technical Scientist) will be determined in accordance with JAMSTEC's bylaws.


Scientist: The successful applicant must have completed a Ph.D. and have a strong enough record to be a scientist in a closely related research field.

Technical Scientist: The successful applicant must have completed a Ph.D. and have a strong enough record to be a technical scientist in a closely related research field.

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

Work Place

Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC)
Yokosuka Headquarters,
2-15 Natsushima-cho, Yokosuka city, Kanagawa,
237-0061, JAPAN

Working Conditions & Contract Period

(1) Number of positions:
1 position for a Scientist or a Technical Scientist

(2) Type of contract Tenure-track fixed-term employee

(3) Working Hours Discretionary labor system

(4) Contract Period: June 1, 2018 to March 31, 2023.

*Appointment date is negotiable. *One contract period is a maximum of five fiscal years. The contract period will not be renewed. *In accordance with the JAMSTEC's bylaw, 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. *After undergoing an evaluation during the period of employment, the contract may be modified to one without termination (termination of employment would be at the end of the fiscal year in which the employee reaches the age of 60, or the age of 65 if the employee is rehired after his/her retirement). For details on this system, please contact Human Resources Division.


Annual salary (paid in 1/12 equal monthly payments)
e.g., JPY 6,000,000
*Salary will be competitive in accordance with JAMSTEC's bylaw, based on the academic qualifications and demonstrated research skills of the applicant.
*There is no bonus or retirement allowance.

For more details regarding this recruitment, please visit our website.

*The required documents must be sent by POST and should reach JAMSTEC on or before the closing date. Documents in electronic format will NOT be accepted.

Note on Gender Equality

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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