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[Met-jobs] Post-Doctoral job offers at Nagoya University, Japan

From Hisashi SATO <>
Date Fri, 20 Jul 2012 23:25:39 +0900

We are looking to fill post-doc positions for risk and uncertainty
analyisis on terrestrial ecosystems under changing climate.
Please see the attached file for details.
Note that the deadline for applications comes very shortly: 31st July 2012

Best wishes,
Hisashi SATO, Dr. Sc.
Graduate School of Environmental Studies, Nagoya University
D2-1(510) Furo-cho, Chikusa-ku, Nagoya, 464-8601, JAPAN
URL   :
TEL   : +81-52-747-6546(Direct)
FAX   : +81-52-747-6520
Terrestrial Ecosystem Modelling post-doctoral position at Nagoya University, 

We wish to fill 2~4 post-doc positions for risk and uncertainty analysis on 
terrestrial ecosystems under changing climate. This research is part of the 
continuation project of the "Innovative Program of Climate Change Projection 
for the 21st Century", which has been completed by the last March.

Anticipated outputs include significantly improved understanding of controls on 
(1) vegetation dynamics in relation to climatic environment, and (2) 
atmosphere-vegetation exchanges of energy, water, and CO2. We are also 
expecting recommendations for future model development that could help to 
reduce uncertainties in projections of the terrestrial ecosystems. The 
successful candidate has the opportunity to develop key modeling and data 
interpretation skills, using state-of-the-art vegetation models or regional 
climate models.

The project team is composed of (1) SEIB-DGVM developing group, (2) SPAC model 
developing group, (3) eastern-Siberia research group, and (4) regional climate 
modeling group. A successful candidate belongs to one of the above team, but 
will be encouraged to collaborate with other teams to integrate these study 

(1) Specific research areas
 a) Revision development of the Spatially Explicit Individual-Based Dynamic 
Global Vegetation Model (SEIB-DGVM) for South-East Asia / Analysis for the 
interactions between atmosphere and vegetation / Analysis and prediction for 
terrestrial ecosystems under changing environment using the SEIB-DGVM.

 b) Revision development of the Soil-Plant-Atmosphere Continuum (SPAC) model 
especially for south-east Asia or eastern-Siberia / Analysis for interactions 
between atmosphere and vegetation with the SPAC model / Supplemental 
observation for energy, water, and CO2 fluxes with our observation group, if 

 c) Integration of the SPAC model with a regional climate model / Analysis for 
feedbacks between terrestrial surface and regional climate with the resultant 

(2) Deadline for Applications: 
31st July 2012

(3) The start date:
September 2012 at the earliest.

(4) Limit of Tenure Applies: 
March 2017 at maximum. Employment contract must be updated at the beginning of 
every April during the project period.

(5) Work Location
Higashiyama Campus, Nagoya University

(6) Salary: 
Yen 300~500 (million/year). This amount of fee includes social security costs. 
We cannot pay for the moving and mobility allowances. Before exchanging 
employment agreement, we will offer specific amount of salary, which reflects 
career and skill of candidates.

(7) Qualification Requirements
Applicants must either be already in possession of a doctoral degree, or have 
prospect to possess a doctoral degree before arriving at this position. 
Applicants must be communicated by English. Skills for computer programming 
would be welcomed, although this is not an absolute requirement.

(8) Application method:
Applications should include a CV with publication list, cover letter including 
the names and contact addresses of two referees, a half-page statement of 
research interest. These documents should be sent by email to by no later than the above dead line.

(9) Etc.
Before submitting an application, interested candidates may wish to discuss the 
position further by contacting associate professor Tomo'omi KUMAGAI at
Nagoya city locates in central part of main-island of Japan, and environment 
radioactivity is nearly at the same level of natural background. Japanese 
government insists that the radio activities within water and food are under 
strict control.
For SEIB-DGVM, please refer
For SPAC model, please refer: Kumagai, T. and Kume, T. (2012: to appear in 
Ecological Modelling); Xue, B.-L., et al. (2011: Ecological Modelling, 222, 
1479); Kumagai, T., et al. (2006: Journal of Geophysical Research, 111, D10107)

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