JAMSTEC Young Research Fellow 2024


Available Position

Japan Agency for Marine and Earth-Science and Technology (JAMSTEC) is recruiting personnel for about five JAMSTEC Young Research Fellow (JYRF) positions.


Aim of Position

In order to support and encourage talented early career researchers who have just obtained Ph.D. to further develop their research theme, JAMSTEC launched the program to foster them in 2014. This program renamed as "JAMSTEC Young Research Fellow (JYRF)" in 2019, has been producing excellent researchers who are active internationally.

JAMSTEC invites early career researchers who are expected to play an active role in the international community and who are willing to take on challenging research activities.


Job Description

Successful fellows are expected to independently conduct scientific work on research topics of their own choice or to become involved in research already being conducted at JAMSTEC.

Research grants will be provided to successful fellows to facilitate the smooth start-up of their research at JAMSTEC (1,000,000 for the first fiscal year and 500,000 for the second and third years each). The successful fellow will also have access to the necessary facilities and equipment in JAMSTEC during the contract period.

Each successful fellow will be assigned a mentor and a sub-mentor. They are responsible for providing advice on the successful fellow's research progress and support for the all aspects of research life.


JAMSTEC’s Research and Development:



Research Vessels, Facilities and Equipment:



*The assignment to an institute will be determined by the screening committee.

*There may be a change in affiliation in the event of a reorganization of JAMSTEC.


[Relevant Research Fields]

Any natural science or engineering field



Applicants are required to have a Ph.D. in natural science or engineering field (including applicants expected to obtain a Ph.D. by the effective date of employment.)

*Specific dates regarding eligibility are below;

・ Applicants who have already been awarded a Ph.D. on or after August 1, 2018

・ Applicants who are expected to obtain a Ph.D. by September 30, 2024


Work Place

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

・Yokosuka Headquarters

・Yokohama Institute for Earth Science

・Mutsu Institute for Oceanography

・Kochi Institute for Core Sample Research


*Work Place will be one of the institutions listed above. Please refer to the following website for details.



*Measures to prevent passive smoking: No smoking on the premises, no work in areas where smoking allowed.


Working Conditions & Contract Period

(1) Number of positions:

About five JYRF positions


(2) Type of contract:

Fixed-term employee


(3) Working Hours:

Discretionary labor system

*The determination of working hours allocation, including start and end times, as well as the method of carrying out research and development activities (including teleworking), is left to the discretion of the employee.


(4) Contract Period:

Total period will be terminated on March 31, 2027, three full calendar years after several contract renewals.

*First contract period is from April 1, 2024, to March 31, 2025, in principle.

*Effective date is negotiable.

*Contract period can be renewed depending on the performance and working attitude of the successful fellows.

*In the event of acquisition of childcare leave, acquisition of nursing care leave, or other special circumstances, the contract may be further renewed up to two years after the end of the contract period set forth.

*On reaching the age of 65 during an employed fiscal year, the contract period will expire at the end of the same fiscal year.

*JYRF is a non-tenure-track, fixed-term employee position. However, the years of experience as JYRF will be included in the qualification when the researcher who has the JYRF experience applies for the selection examination for the permanent employee position.



Annual salary (paid in 1/12 equal monthly payments)

JPY 5,250,000

*There is no raise.

*Bonuses and retirement allowance are included in the annual salary.


Application Procedure

See our website for details:



Closing Date

August 28, 2023 at 23:59 in Japan time

*All the required documents, including the letter of recommendation, should be submitted from the website by this time and date.

*Depending on the situation of applications, the closing date may be extended.



Human Resources Section, Human Resources Dept., JAMSTEC

Email: jyrf2024@jamstec.go.jp

*For inquiries by Email, please include "JYRF2024" in the subject line.