Open Recruitment of Super-technicians


The Institute for Planetary Materials (IPM), Okayama University at Misasa, Japan, invites applications for the following position.

Department: Basic Planetary Materials Science
Job title: Specially appointed full time Research Associate in High-Pressure Diamond-Anvil Cell "Supertechnician"
Date of arrival: On or after June 1, 2017 (negotiable)

Job description: The Institute for Planetary Materials (IPM) of Okayama University in Misasa seeks experienced applicants for the post of “Super Technician” to join a new programme in high-pressure research with the diamond-anvil cell (DAC). IPM’s vision is to expand recent developments in DAC experiments - reaching pressures in the 100’s GPa range and simultaneously high temperatures - in order to study the material properties of the Earth’s and other planetary interiors. Interdisciplinary high-pressure material-property studies are also included using the range of IPM facilities. The post is formally created to support the design, installation and maintenance of equipment for funded research projects with the laser-heated DAC and optical spectroscopy, but other related projects and technical developments may arise. The use of national facilities is encouraged and IPM is well placed for access to the SPring-8 and SACLA campus. Experienced candidates are encouraged to apply
 from any background in the Physical Sciences. English is the accepted language in the laboratory.

The position will support the research activity of funded projects, including the preparation and running of laser-heated DAC and spectroscopic instrumentation. Technological assistance will be provided to group members in general high-pressure research that could include DAC, multi-anvil, and specialist gas-loading of samples at remote sites. Responsibility for management and development of experiments will be given. Technical innovation and collaboration is welcomed and there will be opportunity to develop joint research output within the laboratory.

Qualifications: Applicants must have a Ph.D. in a related field by the start of the appointment. Any nationality is welcome.
Documents should be sent by mail or e-mail to:
Professor Andrew Jephcoat
Institute for Planetary Materials, Okayama University
Yamada 827, Misasa, Tohaku, Tottori, JAPAN, 682-0193
TEL: +81-858-43-1215 (Administrative Office)

Documents required with application:
○ Curriculum vitae
○ List of publications and reprints up to 3 papers
○ Summary of past research and job plan or ambition at IPM
○ Contact address and affiliation of a person who can provide a confidential reference for the applicant.

If you have more than five year practical experience, your annual salary will be approximately 4,600,000 JPY or higher (depending on career). Transfer allowance including travel fees to IPM will be supported. The position is eligible for employee benefits including health insurance (MEXT Mutual Society of Health Insurance)

Closing date:
Applications must be received by March 15, 2017
Period of employment:
First term: From the starting date to March 31, 2018
Second term: From April 1, 2018 to March 31, 2020
Third term: From April 1, 2020 to March 31, 2022
Last term: From April 1, 2022 to the date after a lapse of five years from the starting date

Contract will be renewed subject to performance evaluation, maximum five years.

* Please indicate in red “Job Application for Super-technician” on the envelope and send it by registered mail.

Faculty members will evaluate all applicants based on the submitted documents and a subsequent interview.
Okayama University is committed to gender equality and provides support for female faculty members. Applications from female candidates are encouraged.

Professor Eizo Nakamura, Director
Institute for Planetary Materials, Okayama University