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Seeking a Postdoctoral Researcher (W21139)

Laboratory

Robotics for Infrastructure Management Team
Goal-Oriented Technology Research Group
RIKEN Center for Advanced Intelligence Project
(Laboratory head:Takayuki Okatani)

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:
Robotics for Infrastructure Management Team | RIKEN Center for Advanced Intelligence Project

Job title and job descriptions

Job title

Opening for Postdoctoral Researcher, one position

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

Job purpose: Contribute to the achievement of the goals of the Robotics for Infrastructure Management Team. The team aims at developing a deep-learning-based AI system for assessing and understanding various artificial or natural environments, including infrastructure structures, natural disaster sites etc. The system can comprehensively understand the environment, i.e., the state of various structures, media, etc., based on the various sensor inputs and can communicate with humans or AI agents using natural language to transfer its understanding to them. Thereby, it supports human decision making and/or provides useful information for autonomous robots to perform various tasks in such environments.

Duties: Perform research for achieving the team goal, such as the development of deep-learning-based methods and systems for the above AI system. One of the teams' primary goals is to publish papers at the top-ranking international conferences, such as CVPR/ICCV/ECCV, AAAI/IJCAI, NeurIPS/ICML/ICLR, etc.

Qualifications

  • Must have a Ph.D. or expect to receive a Ph.D. before the date of employment in computer vision, natural language processing, machine learning, signal processing, pattern recognition, statistics or a related field.
  • The right level of English communication skills is necessary.
  • Must be proactive, cooperative, flexible, and able to respond according to the circumstances.
  • Must also have good communication skills and be able to cooperate with the relevant personnel within/outside of the laboratory to fulfill the tasks.

Work location

Branch and address

RIKEN AIP Center on Aobayama campus of Tohoku Univeristy
(Aramaki Aza Aoba, Aoba-ku, Sendai, Miyagi, 980-8579)

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 5 years of employment.
  • 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).
  • 4.In principle, the duration of the Center is 10 years from FY 2016 to FY 2025. If it is decided that research projects in which they are involved will be discontinued after the duration ends, RIKEN may adjust the maximum period of renewability for their contract.

In principle, the first two months of employment is considered a trial period.
Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. Discretionary work, 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.
RIKEN has introduced telework as a temporary and special measure to prevent the spread of COVID-19. You may be asked to work from home according to the instructions of the institute. You can also choose to work from home with the permission of your supervisor.
No smoking on site (designated smoking areas available).
These and other provisions are in accordance with RIKEN regulations.

RIKEN is actively undertaking initiatives to promote gender equality and diversity, and moving forward with the establishment of a diverse and vibrant research environment. If multiple candidates are found to have the same aptitude following a fair assessment, active efforts will be made to recruit female candidates.

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 “W21139”, 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.
    • Please specify the referee’s contact information (Name, affiliation, job title, phone number, and email address)
    • 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.
  • 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 “W21139_your name_the position that you are applying for” when you apply. (Example “W21139_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

Only persons who pass the application screening will be interviewed.

Start of employment

As early as possible

Contact Information

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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