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Call for 2022A Long Term Graduate Student Proposals

Japan Synchrotron Radiation Research Institute (JASRI) is calling for Long Term Graduate Student Proposals starting from 2022A. Interested parties are encouraged to apply. Please read the following instructions in full before preparing your application.

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Contents

  1. What is the Long Term Graduate Student Program?
  2. Application Requirement
  3. Designation Period and Available Beamlines
  4. Procedure from Application to Review
  5. Screening of Applicants
  6. Notification of Review Results ( Acceptance or Rejection )
  7. Report Submission
  8. Support for Long Term Graduate Student Proposal
  9. Others
  10. Contact

1.What is the Long Term Graduate Student Program?

Long Term Graduate Student Proposal is the research proposal using SPring-8 installed synchrotron radiation with broad wavelength range spanning infrared light to X-rays and advanced measurement systems.  Under the program, we will provide support for graduate students with an exploratory and original research proposal or research theme. Interested and qualified candidates are encouraged to apply. Please prepare your proposal application using the following guidelines and instructions.

2. Application Requirement

Dr. student ( regardless of nationality ) who have been approved by their PhD. advisors, who are able to conduct experiments at SPring-8 independently and responsibly, and who belong to an institution in Japan at the time of proposal execution. Applicants must be either

a) Ph.D. students, or
b) Master’s students, who will be PhD. students at the time of experiment at the SPring-8.

If you are unsure whether or not you qualify, please contact the SPring-8 Users Office.

3. Designation Period and Available Beamlines

(1) Designation Period

Minimum of 1 year to maximum of 3 years from April 2022 ( Until doctoral degree )
*Students who are in the second year of a doctoral course or above can also apply for a doctoral degree.

(2) Available Beamline

Public Beamline

BeamlinesExpected Available Beamtime
BL01B1XAFS10%
BL02B1Single Crystal Structure Analysis10%
BL02B2Powder Diffraction10%
BL04B1High Temperature and High Pressure Research10%
BL04B2High Energy X-ray Diffraction10%
BL08WHigh Energy Inelastic Scattering10%
BL09XUHAXPES10%
BL10XUHigh Pressure Research10%
BL13XUSurface and Interface Structures10%
BL14B2Engineering Science Research II10%
BL19B2Engineering Science Research I10%
BL20B2Medical and Imaging I10%
BL20XUMedical and Imaging II10%
BL25SUSoft X-ray Spectroscopy of Solid10%
BL27SUSoft X-ray Photochemistry10%
BL28B2White Beam X-ray Diffraction10%
BL35XUInelastic and Nuclear Resonance Scattering10%
BL37XUTrace Element Analysis10%
BL39XUMagnetic Materials10%
BL40B2Structural Biology II10%
BL40XUHigh Flux10%
BL41XUStructural Biology I10%
BL43IRInfrared Materials Science10%
BL45XUStructural Biology III10%
BL46XUEngineering Science Research III10%
BL47XUMicro-CT10%

RIKEN Beamline

Please contact the Users Office ( See 10.Contact ) before applying for beamtime.

*The number of shifts that can be allocated to this proposal is expected to be about 10% of the total beamtime (e.g. 9 shifts per proposal x 3 proposals).

4. Procedure from Application to Review

(1) Preliminary consultation

Please consult with JASRI staff in advance. (Required)

Bemline List

(2) Application

  1. Applicant should contact the Users Office ( sp8jasri@spring8.or.jp ) via email.
  2. The Users Office will send the applicant the form for Long Term Graduate Student Proposal Research Plan ( electric file ) via email as an attachment. Email messages will be sent only on weekdays ( 9:00 to 17:00 JST ). Therefore, be sure to contact the Users Office well in advance.
  3. After filling out the form, applicant should submit it to the Users Office ( sp8jasri@spring8.or.jp ) via email by the submission deadline indicated below.
  4. The Users Office will check the form ( for input omissions and other problems ) and send an email notification to applicant acknowledging the receipt of the form. If applicant does not receive any reply from the Users Office within 2-3 working days, contact the Users Office ( See 10.Contact ) as some problems, such as transmission or reception error, may have arisen.

(3) Deadline for submission

10:00 ( JST ), Wednesday, December 1, 2021
( Submission should be completed before the deadline )
You are strongly encouraged to complete and submit your application well in advance of the deadline.

5. Screening of Applicants

The screening is conducted in two stages: document screening and interview screening , and those who pass the document screening will proceed to the interview screening.

Interview Date: Late December 2021

Applicants who have passed the document review will be conducted for an interview time, and are requested to prepare a presentation on their research plan up to the writing of doctoral dissertation, and the experiments scheduled before the doctoral dissertation.

6. Notification of Review Results ( Acceptance or Rejection )

Notification of document screening result ( Notification of interview date ): Mid- December 2021

Final Acceptance / Rejection result : Early to mid-February 2022

7. Report Submission

(1) Experiment Summary Report

The project leaders are required to submit an Experiment Summary Report online within 60 days of their Long Term Graduate Student Proposals in each term. Submitted reports are made publicly available online two weeks after the report submission deadline for the last experiment of the term ( 60days after the end of each half-year research term + two weeks). For details, click here.

(2) Register Doctoral Dissertation

In principle, the project leader is required to submit a doctoral dissertation as the outcome.
The refereed papers (including refereed proceedings) on which the doctoral dissertation is based should be registered in the JASRI’s database, and the doctoral dissertation should be published and registered in the JASRI’s database within three years of the completion of the designation. If the project leader is not awarded a doctoral degree, please publish a refereed paper ( including refereed proceedings ) instead of a doctoral dissertation, a SPring-8/SACLA Research Report refereed by JASRI or a Technical journal article approved by JASRI within three years of the end of the designation, and register it in the JASRI’s database.

*If your research has produced results, please include the project number and acknowledgments so that the results can be identified as the result of the project.

This synchrotron radiation experiments were performed at SPring-8 with the approval of the Japan Synchrotron Radiation Research Institute (JASRI) as SPring-8 Long term Graduate Student Proposal
(Proposal No. 2022A####/BL No. ####).

8. Support for Long Term Graduate Student Proposal

Currently, JASRI will provide the following support for Long Term Graduate Student Proposal: at the point, however, it is uncertain if we will be able to obtain the necessary funding for FY2022. Details will become available after passage of the budget for FY2022.

  • Travel expenses from the nearest station or bus stop of your affiliation to SPring-8 ( including Guest House ) for the project leader and one student of the project team.
  • User Fees ( Fixed 10,720 yen/ Shift + variable fees )

IMPORTANT:
Users must maintain their student status at the time of experiment. If the applicant is no longer eligible at the time of proposal implementation due to graduation, employment, etc., the proposal will be invalidated after disqualification, please be sure to contact “10. Contact “. Failing to do so may result in you having to refund the amount paid to you.

9. Others

(1) Consent of PhD. advisors
When applying for Long Term Graduate Student Proposals, PhD. advisors are also required to register as a project team member and pledge in the application form that they will be jointly responsible with the project leader for the experiment, and that they will come to the site to supervise the experiment in principle.

(2) General Insurance and Compensation
Users shall take out appropriate personal injury and liability insurance before conducting experiments. If their project teams include students, they shall make sure that all the students take out appropriate personal injury and liability insurance. If users damage SPring-8 facilities, equipment or persons, either willfully or through gross negligence, JASRI may require them to meet all or part of the cost of repairs. JASRI shall take due account of all relevant circumstances in determining the degree of user liability.

(3) About evaluation
After the proposal is completed, the Graduate Student Research Committee will conduct a closed-door evaluation of the proposal based on documents and hearings. In some cases, applicant may be asked to submit an interim report on the progress of your research.

(4) Poster Presentation at SPring-8 Symposium
Applicant is required to make a poster presentation of your research results and progress at the SPring-8 symposium during the research term.

(5) Scientific advice and coaching from JASRI staff
Please list the JASRI staff member(s) applicant would like to receive scientific advice/guidance from in the Co-Principal Investigator section of the application form (required).

(6) Application for Graduate Student Proposal Submissions
Please also consider submitting a proposal for a conventional Budding Researchers Support Proposal, which is valid for six months.

10. Contact

SPring-8 Users Office, JASRI
1-1-1 Kouto, Sayo-cho, Sayo-gun
Hyogo 679-5198 Japan
E-mail: sp8jasri@spring8.or.jp