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Recruitment for Postdoctoral Fellow (Fixed-term researcher) (J-PARC Center)

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    1. Available positions

      Several positions

    2. About Postdoctoral Fellow in JAEA

      Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA) recruits young researchers with a wealth of originality in order to promote research and development for basic and advance research of nuclear energy and establishment of nuclear fuel cycle technology. We provide environment where young researchers can voluntarily and independently conduct their research.
      Postdoctoral fellow will be able to make the most of the facilities in JAEA and will be able to receive necessary advice and support from researchers in the host group.

    3. Recruitment theme

      Elucidation of hydrogen embrittlement mechanism of steels for introducing welded joints that contribute to the spread of hydrogen stations for fuel cell vehicles by pulsed neutron diffraction

      The purpose of this theme is elucidation of the basic hydrogen embrittlement mechanism for welded joints of steels to the spread of hydrogen stations for fuel cell vehicles by pulsed neutron diffraction, which contributes the "realization of a green growth strategy accompanying carbon neutrality in 2050” determined by Japanese government. Specifically, by pulsed neutron diffraction using the engineering material diffractometer (BL19) installed by the JAEA at the J-PARC materials and life science experimental facility, structural evaluation will be performed from the crystal structure scale to the meso-scale structures, then 1) the evaluation of the residual stress at the welding region, 2) the evaluation of the mechanical properties and 3) the evaluation of the crack propagation.
      In promoting these studies, the successful candidate will be performed one of the 1) the improvement of the spatial resolution of the residual stress mapping position resolution improvement by machine learning, 2) the development of the simultaneous measurement of acoustic emission (AE), infrared thermography (IRT), digital image correlation method (DIC), 3) multi-scale crystal plasticity modeling.
      In addition, the successful candidate will select a theme from among the above specific research topics to ensure that there is no overlap.

    4. Division assigned to

      Neutron Science Section,
      Materials and Life Science Division,
      J-PARC Center,
      Japan Atomic Energy Agency

    5. Place of employment

      Japan Atomic Energy Agency
      2-4 Shirakata, Tokai-mura, Naka-gun, Ibaraki 319-1195, Japan

    6. Qualification requirements

      (1) Having a PhD degree related to recruitment field (at starting date of contract)

      (2) Having a PhD obtained after April 1, 2015.

      (3) Applicant previously employed as JAEA Postdoctoral Fellow cannot apply.

    7. Contract

      Period of employment is April 1, 2023 to March 31, 2024.
      One contract period is a maximum of 1 fiscal year. The contract period can be renewed but the total contract period is a maximum of 3 fiscal years (until March 31, 2026) depending upon the annual review of your research progress.

      * If you are a fixed-term employee of JAEA at present, the extension of employment contract will be limited to five years in total from the original recruitment.
      Should you achieve outstanding results during your fixed-term employment, you could be offered a position as permanent staff.

      Terms of employment

      (1) Salary
      Annual salary JPY 4,800,000 including social insurance and tax
      (Paid in 1/12 equal monthly payments 400,000yen/month)
      Commutation allowance, Housing allowance, etc.

      (2) Working Hours
      Discretionary work system; one working day will be calculated as 7 hours and 30 minutes.

      (3) Holidays
      Weekend (Saturday and Sunday), National holidays, Year-end and new-year holidays, Paid holidays

      (4) Social Insurance, etc.
      Health insurance, Welfare pension insurance, Corporate pension fund, Employment insurance, Industrial accident compensation insurance

      (5) Housing
      Dormitory for family and singles

      (6) Trial period: 6 months.

    8. Necessary documents

      (1) Application form [PDF, WORD]

      (2) Transcripts (for bachelor)

      (3) Photocopy of PhD.diploma (who has a PhD) or Certification for expected completion of PhD course (who is in PhD course)

      (4) One or two letter(s) of recommendation written by senior researcher who well knows your research and personality.

      * Submit the signed letter in PDF format.

      * Including one from the current supervisor is better.

      * Letter(s) written by a JAEA employee will not be accepted.

      (5) Consent for the Treatment of Personal Data [PDF, WORD]

      * Only for residents in any one of EEA member countries, namely a member country of the EU, and Iceland, Liechtenstein or Norway.

    9. Address of submission of application

      Send e-mail with subject [Application documents for Postdoctoral Fellow in 2023 (J-PARC Center) (applicant name)].
      Attach all necessary documents in PDF format. We cannot accept when requirement is incomplete.
      E-Mail: jinji-saiyo [at] jaea.go.jp (Replace [at] with @ )

    10. Application deadline

      October 21, 2022 (Japan Standard Time)

    11. Application screening

      Applicants will be screened based on their submitted documents.
      The screening result will be notified to the applicants by email.
      Note that application documents will not be returned.

    12. Recruitment examination

      Examination of research achievements (presentation using PowerPoint file or etc. and Q&A)
      *Basically recruitment examination will be held with web conference tool.

    13. Date of recruitment examination (planned)

      After November 2022.
      *The schedule is subject to change.

    14. Result of recruitment examination(planned)

      The result of recruitment examination will be notified to the applicants in December 2022.

    15. Starting date of employment

      April 1, 2023
      It is negotiable for applicant who is in PhD course.
      (From April 1, 2023 to October 1,2023, next month after graduation.)

    16. Travel expenses

      We will refund your travel expenses for the recruitment examination according to the JAEA’s administrative rules.
      We can only bear the actual travel cost in Japan.
      Detailed information will be provided to the applicants.

    17. Points to note

      (1) The successful applicant is supposed to submit medical in English certificate taken within 6 months (including height, weight, eyesight, urinalysis, chest X-ray).

      (2) The successful applicant without Japanese Nationality is required to obtain a necessary visa status to work in Japan by the date of adoption.

    18. Contact persons

      NAGANO Shinji,
      Personnel Section, Personnel Department, Japan Atomic Energy Agency
      765-1 Funaishikawa, Tokai-mura, Naka-gun, Ibaraki 319-1184, Japan
      E-mail: jinji-saiyo[at]jaea.go.jp (Replace [at] with @ )

      (Reference related to the recruitment field)
      Dr. AIZAWA Kazuya,
      Neutron Science Section,
      Materials and Life Science Division,
      J-PARC Center,
      Japan Atomic Energy Agency
      TEL: +81-29-284-3140 FAX: +81-29-284-3370
      E-Mail: jinji-saiyo[at]jaea.go.jp (Replace [at] with @ )

    19. Purposes of Using Personal Information

      We will use personal information only for the screening process. It will also be used for employment management for those employed. The information of the unsuccessful applicants will be discarded a year after the submission.