Misasa International Student Internship Program 2018

Institute for Planetary Materials, Okayama University

Internship 6 weeks Misasa, Japan

Job Description

The Institute for Planetary Materials (IPM), located in Misasa, a well-known hot-spring resort, is a leading joint-use/research institute in the field of Earth and planetary materials science, with a diverse range of forefront experimental and analytical facilities and expertise. Active researches are being conducted, by IPM members alone or in collaboration with researchers from around the world, in the areas of isotope and trace element geochemistry, high-resolution geochronology, and high-pressure and -temperature materials science, aimed at understanding the origin, evolution and dynamics of the Earth and other planets.
For more information, please visit the IPM website.

About the program

The annual Misasa International Student Intern Program for advanced undergraduate (3rd to 4th year) and graduate students, first initiated in 2005, is designed to promote international collaborative research and education. During the intern program, each student will work on an active IPM research project under the supervision of IPM faculty members and their research groups.
Successful applicants will participate in one of the following intern projects described below. The goal of the program is for participants to become acquainted with research activities and the state-of-the-art research facilities at the IPM, and to gain first-hand scientific research experience. At the conclusion of the program, an intern symposium will be held for each participant to give an oral presentation of his/her intern research in English.

List of intern projects for 2018

  1. Geochemical probing: comprehensive analyses of carbonaceous chondrites (Supervisors: E. Nakamura*, K. Kobayashi, R. Tanaka, T. Kunihiro, and H. Kitagawa / Students: up to 6)
  2. Testing the outer Solar System origin of asteroid 1-Ceres with experimental petrology (Supervisors: M. Izawa*, T. Okuchi, and S. Yamashita / Students: up to 2)
  3. Can hydrous sediments supply water to the deep mantle?(Supervisors: T. Yoshino*, A. Yoneda, and D. Yamazaki / Students: up to 2)
  4. High-pressure and high-temperature study of amino acids by spectroscopy: Toward new insights for prebiotic chemical evolution (Supervisors: M. Kanzaki* and X. Xue / Students: up to 2)

Date and period

Six weeks from July 2 (Mon) to August 10 (Fri).

Person Specification

The program is open to advanced undergraduate (3rd to 4th year) or graduate (1st to 2nd year, including master course) students majoring in earth sciences, physics, chemistry, materials sciences, or related fields, who have a strong interest in a career pursuing scientific research. Students from either within or outside Japan, regardless of nationality, are eligible to apply. Communication skill in English is required.


Apply Now!Deadline: 22 April 2018

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