Job description:

Okazaki Lab. at IAAR / CEReS, Chiba University, Japan, has embarked on an exciting and ambitious program, to reconstruct the last millennium climate on a daily scale as well as on an annual scale by fusing past personal diaries, climate proxies, and climate model simulations. We are seeking a postdoctoral researcher to tackle these topics with us. The position is funded by JSPS Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (S) led by Kei Yoshimura at The University of Tokyo. The successful applicant will work on [1] perform simulations with GCMs for the last millennium, [2] merge paleo-observations and simulations with offline data assimilation, and [3] develop a new data assimilation method that can constrain model dynamics with paleo-observations. The postdoc will be expected to collaborate with other members of the project. The initial appointment is for one year with the possibility of renewal subject to satisfactory performance and available funding.

Qualifications, requirements, and skills:

  • A Ph.D. in physical science with expertise in meteorology, climate, hydrology, or related field
  • Proficiency in high level programming languages (e.g., FORTRAN, Matlab, Python)
  • Knowledge of data assimilation is advantageous
  • Demonstrated ability to disseminate results to scientific community through peer-reviewed publications, conference/workshop presentations etc.
  • Good communication and team working skills while being proactive
  • Proficiency in both written and spoken English or Japanese

What We can Offer:

Chiba University offers a generous compensation package. The starting salary for postdocs is around ?5,000,000/year. Salary is commensurate with education and experience and determined based on the University’s internal career track classification. Relocation funds are available for this position following the University’s relocation processes and procedures.


Chiba University offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, and paid time off.

How to apply:

To apply, please submit the following materials to Atsushi Okazaki ( via email.

  • Resume or CV
  • A cover letter addressed to the Search Committee briefly describing your qualifications, professional goals, and specific interest in this position.
  • Names and contact details of 2 professional referees (1 must be/must have been a supervisor or professor) The position will be open until filled. Applications will be screened as they are received.

Please remember that all documents should either be in English or Japanese.

General information:

For more information about the project and application process, please see the following web site ( or contact Atsushi Okazaki (