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Seeking a few Research Scientists, Postdoctoral Researchers, or Technical Staff I (W21192)

Laboratory

Approximate Bayesian Inference Team
Generic Technology Research Group
RIKEN Center for Advanced Intelligence Project
(Laboratory head: Mohammad Emtiyaz Khan)

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:
Approximate Bayesian Inference Team | RIKEN Center for Advanced Intelligence Project

Job title and job description

Job title, available positions

Openings for Research Scientist, Postdoctoral Researcher, or Technical Staff I , maximum 4 positions

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.

Technical staff I

Provides technical supports independently to implement the lab missions.

Job description

The candidate will work on the CREST-ANR project titled “A new Bayes-duality principle for adaptive, robust, and lifelong learning of AI”. The candidate will work on problems at the intersection of deep learning, Bayesian inference, optimization, and reinforcement learning.

The candidate is expected to carry out research and publish their findings in top machine-learning conferences. Postdoctoral candidates will additionally help in the management of the group, and supervision of interns and technical staffs. The position is meant to further the careers of early-career researchers who wish to pursue a career in academia.

Qualifications

Research Scientist and Postdoctoral Researcher

    Must have a Ph.D. or expect to receive a Ph.D. before the date of employment in machine learning, computer science, statistics or a related field.

    • The candidate must have published their research in machine-learning conferences (NIPS, ICML, AIStats, UAI, ICLR, etc.).
    • Be an expert in one or more of the following areas: Bayesian Machine Learning, Deep Learning, Optimization, Reinforcement Learning, Active learning, Lifelong Learning, and Bayesian Optimization.
    • 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

    Technical staff I

    • Must possess a bachelor’s degree already or is expecting to receive one before the date of employment.
    • Have experience working with machine-learning or deep-learning related projects
    • Publications in machine-learning conferences is a plus, but not 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 in order to fulfill his/her tasks

    Work location

    Branch and address

    RIKEN Tokyo Campus (1-4-1,Nihonbashi,Chuo,Tokyo)

    Salary and benefits

    Research Scientist or Postdoctoral Researcher

    • 1.A maximum three-year, fixed-term employment contract, renewable based on evaluation up until March 31, 2026. Project name: “A new Bayes-duality principle for adaptive, robust, and lifelong learning of AI”
    • 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.

    Technical Staff I

    • 1.A one-year fixed-term employment contract, renewable based on evaluation, up until March 31, 2026. Project name: “A new Bayes-duality principle for adaptive, robust, and lifelong learning of AI”
    • 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). However, employees who have previously worked at RIKEN may be subject to different rules for the period of fixed-term employment. Please refer to “RIKEN employment duration for fixed-term employees” for more details if necessary.).
    • 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).

    These positions fall 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.
    Paid leave includes annual paid leave (up to 20 days depending on the month of employment), special paid leave (childcare, family nursing care, etc.), and work life balance holidays (up to 7 days depending on the month of employment).
    There are also additional leave systems such as maternity leave, childcare leave, and family nursing care leave.
    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.

    Research Scientist or Postdoctoral Researcher

    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

    Research Scientist or Postdoctoral Researcher

    • 1.Complete CV or CV (with photo and email address)
      • *Write the RIKEN job ad number “W21192”, 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

    Technical staff I

    • 1.Complete CV or CV (with photo and email address)
      • *Write the RIKEN job ad number “W21192”, 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.Photocopies of three major research papers. (if Possible)
    • 3.A letter of recommendation by your 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)
      • Letter 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.
    • 4.Achievement and experience in the past and your aspiration for this position (1-2 pages in A4 size)
    • 5.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 “W21192_your name_the position that you are applying for” when you apply. (Example “W21192 _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

    Application must arrive by January 15, 2022

    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, interview and oral presentation by selected applicants

    Start of employment

    April 1, 2022 (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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