FY2014 [Comprehensive Studies on the Evolution of Life and the History of the Earth] Recruitment of Scientists/Research Scientists/Postdoctoral Researchers/Engineers

JAMSTEC will be recruiting a total of 10 positions as Scientist/Research Scientist/Postdoctoral Researcher/Engineer who will be engaged in the third medium-term plan.

[Research fields]
Comprehensive Studies on the Evolution of Life and the History of the Earth.

Subsurface Geobiology Advanced Research
This group is conducting researches on the as-yet-unknown environment and biosphere existing in sunlight-independent deep earth, its function and role in the current earth, and its role on the evolution of the earth and life.
In detail, the group will work on:
・exploration on as-yet-unknown biosphere using advanced oceanographic research instruments and methodology.
・determing limits of life and biosphere and boundary habitats and conditions between habitable and uninhabitable.
・clarification of functions and roles of the as-yet-unknown ecosystems in the global energy and element cycles.
・elucidating unique biological interactions (symbioses and/or co-nutritional mechanisms).
・engineering use of extreme environment, biosphere and biological macromolecule which applied to the extreme environment (e.g. Clean chemical processes, fabrication of new materials and biomimetics) and engineering research on artificial life.

Marine Ecosystem Structural Analysis Research
This group is conducting researches and technology developments aiming to discover biological evolutionary mechanisms, biological interactions, and the structure and function of ecosystems in the deep sea. This group uses and develops cutting-edge survey technologies and methodologies to discover the relationships between symbioses and evolution, effects of environmental parameters on biological community structure and stability, and material and energy flows in deep marine benthic and pelagic ecosystems.

Earth History and Biogeochemistry Research
This group is conducting researches on the processes in the formation of the current oceanic environment, especially those relating to bioelements such as carbon, nitrogen, oxygen and hydrogen. The research includes developments of novel methodologies to tackle this topic. This group also pursues deep understanding of the relationships between biological activities and the oceanic environment, and their changes in the history of the Earth.

Please visit our website for the details of the research fields:

Scientist: To contribute to the Agency, Scientists are expected to have world-leading performance ability to accomplish research as an independent scientist.

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

Postdoctoral Researcher: To contribute to the Agency, Postdoctoral Researchers should be able to demonstrate ability to conduct creative research independently.

Engineer: To contribute to the Agency, Engineers are expected to manage, improve and advance the infrastructure. Establishment of technology based on a background of general technical knowledge such as information system, improvement of technical management functions is also inclusive.

*The group to be assigned will be determined based on the applicant’s expertise.
*There may be change in affiliation in case of reorganization in the Agency.
*There may be a possibility to change the positions above. The details are currently under consideration.

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Jobs: Postdoctoral Research Scientist at Bigelow Laboratory

Postdoctoral Research Scientist at Bigelow Laboratory
Bigelow Laboratory invites applications for a Postdoctoral Research Scientist to study the influence of ocean acidification on the biological processes that govern the concentrations and hence emission, of dimethyl sulfide (DMS) in the surface oceans. The work is associated with a recently funded NSF-project involving large-scale experiments on natural waters, with a focus on identifying the key processes involved and understanding the extent to which they may change in the future.Minimal requirements are a Ph.D. in marine science, environmental microbiology or environmental chemistry.  Preferred qualifications are an ability and interest to work across biological and chemical disciplines, to link molecular regulation to biogeochemical processes and an interest in predictive model development.

The preferred candidate will have published (or submitted) their dissertation chapters in peer-reviewed journals. Work will be based at the new Bigelow Laboratory campus in East Boothbay, ME (www.bigelow.org). The position will involve extended (2+ months) fieldwork in the first year. Annual salary is negotiable based on experience. The position is a full-time, 3-year appointment.

Send CV, cover letter with brief description of research interests, and contact information for 3 references tojobs@bigelow.org. Please reference PD-2013-2 in the subject line.  For full consideration, the application should be received by August 20, 2013 and the position will remain open until it is filled.  Please contact Dr. Stephen Archer at ( sarcher@bigelow.org) with specific questions regarding this position. Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences is an Equal Opportunity Employer.