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Seeking a Research Scientist or Postdoctoral Researcher or Research Associate (W21186)


Knowledge Acquisition and Dialogue Research Team
Guardian Robot project,
RIKEN Information R&D and Strategy Headquarters
(Team Leader: Koichiro Yoshino)

Research field

RIKEN launched a robotics project in April 2019, aiming at a future society where humans and AI/robots coexist flexibly. This project (Guardian Robot Project, since April 2021) is promoting R & D for the social implementation of next-generation robotics ("brain x AI") that synergistically incorporates the strengths of AI research into brain science and cognitive science. Knowledge Acquisition & Dialogue Research Team focuses on knowledge representation and dialogue systems on communication robots, interacting with human users in cooperative behaviors.

Job title and job description

Job title, available positions

Seeking a Research Scientist or Postdoctoral Researcher or Research Associate 1 position

  • Research Scientist is defined as carrying out research and other work in accordance
    with team research themes with a doctoral degree more than 5 years.
  • Postdoctoral Researcher is defined as carrying out research and other work in accordance
    with team research themes under directions of team leader with a doctoral degree 5 years or less.
  • Research Associate is defined as supporting research and other work in accordance
    with team research themes.
    • *Research Associate who receive a Ph.D. degree in the related area after the arrival may advance to Postdoctoral Researcher in the future.

Job description

Fundamental research on dialogue robot, especially on natural language understanding and natural language generation.


  • Research Scientist or Postdoctoral Researcher applicants should have Ph.D. degree or expected to obtain the degree by the date of employment. The degree should be in a related field such as informatics, computer science, statistical science, mathematical science, or other related areas.
  • Research Associate applicants should have coursework completed without degree on above areas or have more than 3 years R&D experience with the master’s degree on above areas.
  • Applicants should have at least one research work, especially in areas of computational linguistics, natural language processing, spoken language processing, robotics, or machine learning, and should be willing to work on these areas.
  • Proactive, cooperative, flexible, and able to respond flexibly.
  • Good communication skills (fluent English or Japanese) and ability to work in cooperation and collaboration with other people.

Work location

Branch and address

RIKEN Keihanna Campus (In Keihanna Science City, 2-2-2 Hikaridai, Souraku-gun Seika-cho, Kyoto 619-0288, Japan, Advanced Telecommunications Research Institute International (ATR))

Salary and benefits

  • 1.A one-year fixed-term employment contract, renewable based on evaluation, to a maximum of the end of the fiscal year 2024 (March 31 2025).
  • 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. 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.
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.

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 “W21186”, 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 research achievement and publications
  • 3.List of achievement (without research achievement) if any.
  • 4.Description of your work / research experience, ambition in the job, and PR. (within 2 sheets)
  • 5.Copies of representative review or article (within 3)
  • 6.A letter of recommendation from the current supervisor (If unavailable, a letter from a substitute reference will be acceptable.)
    • *Please specify the referee’s contact information (Name, affiliation, job title, phone number, and email address)
  • 7.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

The above documents except the recommendation letters should be uploaded to the following website:

upload folder for GRP's recruitment

Recommendation letters must be directly submitted from the referees to the following website with the file name "Knowledge Acquisition & Dialogue Research Team, GRP researcher position [applicant’s name] (Recommendation letter)". Please specify the applicant's name, referee's name and contact information in the recommendation letter.

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If you will not receive a confirmation email within 7 days after submission, please contact: isr_jinji [at] ml.riken.jp.

Note: All the submitted documents will not be returned.


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

Start of employment

 April 1, 2022 (Negotiable)

Contact Information

RIKEN Information Research Promotion Office
Email: isr_jinji [at] ml.riken.jp