Job Opening

Postdoctoral Researcher in Research Institute for Marine Geodynamics

Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC)

Posted: 06/07/2021

Open Until: 07/02/2021

Recruiting Department
Marine Seismology Research Group, Subduction Dynamics Research Center (SDR), Research Institute for Marine Geodynamics (IMG)

We are soliciting applications for a Postdoctoral Researcher who will work on the cooperative research project between JAMSTEC and a private company titled, "Seismic imaging of submarine volcanoes in the coastal area (FY2021-2023, P.I.: Shuichi Kodaira)". The successful applicant will engage in the following research and development initiatives.

[Research Description]
The Marine Seismology Research Group, SDR, IMG, conducts seismic structure studies using the marine seismic exploration systems of JAMSTEC, such as ocean bottom seismometers, a hydrophone streamer cable, and controlled seismic sources, to contribute to a better understanding of the seismogenic zones and volcanoes around Japan and the western Pacific.

We invite applicants for the position of Postdoctoral Researcher who will be involved in seismic imaging studies in the coastal region to contribute to evaluation of the seismic and volcanic hazards. The successful applicant will be expected to engage in the following work through active collaboration with specialists from IMG and other domestic and foreign institutes.

1) Development of seismic imaging techniques using a densely observed wavefield, such as waveform inversion and reverse-time migration, to obtain detailed seismic structures, including seismic velocities, attenuations, and reflection profiles.

2) Application of the developed methods to numerical simulation and actual datasets to demonstrate the efficacy of the methods and interpret the imaging results.

3) Presenting the results of the research and development at academic conferences and publishing them as peer-reviewed papers.

[Relevant Research Fields]
Seismology, Exploration seismology, Volcanology, Information Science, Geology, Petrology, Solid earth science, Earth material science

Work Place
Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC)
Yokohama Institute for Earth Science,
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:
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 October 1, 2021 to March 31, 2022.
*Effective date of employment 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 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)
JPY 5,250,000
*There is no raise.
*Bonus and retirement allowance are included in the annual salary.

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