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Seeking a Research Scientist or Postdoctoral Researcher (W20113)

Laboratory

High-Dimensional Statistical Modeling Team,
Generic Technology Research Group
RIKEN Center for Advanced Intelligence Project
(Laboratory head: Makoto Yamada)

Research field

The Center for Advanced Intelligence Project has been launched with subsidy from Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology-Japan for “Advanced Integrated Intelligence Platform Project (AIP) -Artificial Intelligence/ Big Data/ Internet of Things/ Cybersecurity-”.
The Center conducts fundamental theoretical research and develops an innovative technology, with aiming to advance science and contribute to society or humanity.
This Center is a project with a maximum of 10 years from FY 2016.

For more information, please refer to the following webpage:
High-Dimensional Statistical Modeling Team

Job title and job description

Job title, available positions

Opening for Research Scientist or Postdoctoral Researcher, one position

Research Scientist
Carries out research and other work in accordance with team research themes. Basically defined as those with a doctoral degree more than 5 years.
Postdoctoral Researcher
Carries out research and other work in accordance with team research themes under the direction of supervisors. Basically defined as those with a doctoral degree of 5 years or less.

Job description

We are focusing on developing machine learning algorithms for the large-feature small-number samples and solve important societal problems. We are currently interested in deep learning models for high-dimensional and small sample data, which is a fundamental and challenging problem for the biological domain. We also work on various machine learning algorithms, including the graph neural networks (GNNs) and the optimal transport. Research Scientist is expected to mentor young researchers.

Qualifications

The candidate should possess a doctoral degree in a computer science or its related field.

Preferred qualifications:

  • Strong research background and publications in top tier computer science conference including ICML, NeurIPS, AISTATS, ICLR, CVPR, ECCV, ACL, EMNLP etc.
  • Ability to design new research problems.
  • Experience large-scale genetic databases.

Work location

Branch and address

RIKEN on Yoshida campus of Kyoto University
(Yoshida-honmachi, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto, 606-8501 Japan)

Salary and benefits

  • 1.A maximum three-year, fixed-term employment contract, renewable based on evaluation. The employment duration will not exceed the end of fiscal year (March 31) in which the employee completes 7 years of employment. (Maximum employment duration for a Postdoctoral Researcher is 5 years)
  • 2.RIKEN may adjust the above maximum period of renewability based on a) the employee’s abilities, work load at the time of contract completion, performance and work attitude and b) the continuation of the employee’s center, laboratory or project and RIKEN’s management situation and budget at the time. In principle, employment contracts will not be renewed for individuals older than 65 years.
  • 3.The employee’s period of fixed-term employment cannot exceed 10 years from the initial date of hire (or 10 years from April 1, 2013 for fixed-term employees already at RIKEN prior to this date).

In principle, the first two months of employment is considered a trial period.
Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. Commuting and housing allowances will be provided. Social insurance will be applied. Mandatory membership in the RIKEN Mutual Benefit Society (RIKEN Kyosaikai)

This position falls under the specialized duties discretionary work system; one working day will be calculated as 7 hours and 30 minutes.

Days off include public holidays, New Year's holidays (Dec. 29 - Jan 3), and RIKEN Foundation Day.
No smoking on site (designated smoking areas available).
These and other provisions are in accordance with RIKEN regulations.

RIKEN is promoting a Gender Equality Program by taking various measures to create a workplace where both men and women are able to give full rein to their talents and abilities. When applicants are judged to be equally qualified on the basis of fair and impartial criteria, women applicants will be given preference.

Also, eligible for an exemption from repayment for category 1 scholarship loans provided by the Japan Student Services Organization before fiscal year 2003, and eligible applying for the MEXT Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research (Kakenhi).

Application and required documents

Required documents

  • 1.Complete CV or CV (with photo and email address)
    Write the RIKEN job ad number “W20113”, indicated in the parentheses next to the job title, in the RIKEN job ad number section in the upper right corner of your CV.
  • 2.List of publications: Circle titles of three major papers in the list.
  • 3.Photocopies of three major research papers.
  • 4.Two different letters of recommendation including one by the current supervisor
    Note:
    • If you cannot obtain a letter of recommendation from your current supervisor, the same document issued by a third party is acceptable.
    • Letters of recommendation must be addressed to:
      “Director of RIKEN Center for Advanced Intelligence Project”
      Stamp or signature by referee is necessary.
    • Referees must directly send letters of recommendation 1) by postal mail to the address below after sealing, or 2) by email attached with a letter of recommendation with stamp or signature in PDF format, to the address below.
  • 5.Research in the past and research plan (3 pages in A4 size)
    Your research plan must include outcome expected within a few years from your appointment (maximum 5 years).
  • 6.Consent form for handling personal information based on GDPR
    If you are a resident of the European Economic Area (EEA), you are required to submit the document, "Consent form for handling personal information based on GDPR" with your signature.

    *You will find detailed information about General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) on the following website:
    Data protection | European Commission

How to apply

Applicants must contact the Center for Advanced Intelligence Project before they submit the required documents in PDF format by Email to the bellow Email address.
Please use the subject line “W20113_your name_the position that you are applying for” when you apply. (Example “W20113_Hanako Riken_ Postdoctoral Researcher”)
Also, the document names for the letters of recommendation must be “Letter of recommendation_your name.” (Example: Letter of recommendation_Hanako Riken). You need to ask your referees to use this document name for the letter.

Note:

Application documents will not be returned.
No information can be released regarding application status or evaluation details prior to, during, or after the evaluation process.

Deadline

Open until the position is filled

Handling Personal Data

Submitted documents are strictly protected under the RIKEN Privacy Policy and will be used only for the purpose of applicant screening. Personal information will not be disclosed, transferred or loaned to a third party under any circumstances without just cause.

Selection process

Application screening and interview for selected applicants.
Only persons who pass the application screening will be interviewed.

Start of employment

April 1st, 2021 (Negotiable)

Contact Information / Send application to

RIKEN Center for Advanced Intelligence Project
Nihonbashi 1-chome Mitsui Building, 15th floor,
1-4-1 Nihonbashi, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 103-0027, Japan
Email: aip-hr [at] ml.riken.jp
For inquiries, please send an email.

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