Post-doctoral position in experimental astrophysics at ISAS/JAXA

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Sunday, December 20, 2020
Archive Date: 
Sunday, January 24, 2021
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Job Summary
Job Category: 
Post-doctoral Positions and Fellowships
Institution Classification/Type: 
Research Laboratory
Institute of Space and Astronautical Science, JAXA
Street Line 1: 
3 Chome-1-1 Yoshinodai, Chuo Ward
Job Announcement Text: 

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral position at ISAS/JAXA.

This position is part of a large collaboration afforded by a JSPS Grant in Aid for Transformative Research Areas, aiming to provide a comprehensive, multi-wavelength, experimental and observational study of the huge discovery space that remains open in dark matter searches.

The successful candidate will join the group lead by Prof. Noriko Yamasaki, which is dedicated to the search for dark matter utilising innovative X-ray spectroscopy. He or she will also benefit from close collaboration with all other members of this JSPS program, in particular with co-supervision by Dr. Aurora Simionescu at the Kavli IPMU and SRON.

The work will include theoretical studies of the detection possibilities of dark matter by X-ray observations, understanding the radiation process by known celestial objects, and analysis of data from the XRISM satellite (expected launch in JFY 2022). Previous experience with analysis of astrophysical X-ray spectra is preferred; a strong candidate should demonstrate an interest in tackling challenges related to the use of new observational tools.

The successful applicant may be appointed as a full XRISM science team member under this contract.

The contract will begin after April 2021 (negotiable) for an initial 2 years, and can be renewed for 2 additional years.

Candidates holding a PhD in astrophysics, astronomy, and related fields, or expecting completion by August 2021, are encouraged to apply by sending a CV, publication list, and a statement of research results and future plan (max. 3 pages) to in pdf form, and arranging for two letters of reference to be sent to the same address directly from the nominators.

Pay Compensation
Salary Min: 
$45000.00 (USD)
Salary Max: 
$50000.00 (USD)
Included Benefits: 

Health and pension insurance are included in accordance to JAXA's regulation. For more details, please enquire with Noriko Yamasaki (

If the researcher is under the age of 40, or less than 8 years since the Ph.D degree, application to JSPS KAKENHI funding with up to 20% of working time for his/her own research interests will be allowed.

Application Deadline: 
Sunday, January 17, 2021
Selection Deadline: 
Sunday, January 17, 2021
Current Status of Position: 
Accepting Applicants
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Noriko Yamasaki
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