Yukie Nagai (IRCN Principal Investigator) lab has been investigating how human infants acquire various cognitive abilities by means of computational approach and designing assistant systems for people with developmental disorders. This research lab seeks postdocs who will work in the fields of cognitive developmental robotics, human-robot interaction, machine learning, neural network, and relevant topics. The lab aims to develop artificial intelligent systems for understanding and assisting cognitive development. Visit the lab homepage (http://developmental-robotics.jp/en/) for more details. Postdocs are expected to work on the project: JST CREST “Cognitive Mirroring: Assisting people with developmental disorders by means of self-understanding and social sharing of cognitive processes” (ref: http://cognitive-mirroring.org/en/; Nagai, Phil. Trans. R. Soc. B, 2019, doi: 10.1098/rstb.2018.0030).

Application Requirements

Job title
Project Assistant Professor / Project Researcher (Postdoctoral Fellow)
Starting Date
The first contract will be ended on March 31, 2021. The contract is renewable on a fiscal year basis (from April 1 to March 31; every year) according to research budget, research activity, and research achievements.
Contract duration is until March 31, 2022.
Place of Work
International Research Center for Neurointelligence
The University of Tokyo, Institutes for Advanced Study
7-3-1 Hongo Bunkyo-ku Tokyo, 113-0033 JAPAN
*This can be changed due to work circumstances.
● Ph.D. in Engineering, Ph.D. in Computer Science or equivalent in a related field
● Good communication skill in English
● Experiences in cognitive developmental robotics, human-robot interaction, machine learning, neural network, and/or cognitive science will be preferred.
Compensation & Benefits
● Salary: To be determined in accordance with the University of Tokyo Regulations
● Commuter allowance: JPY55,000 per month at maximum
● Social Insurance: Eligible for MEXT* Mutual Aid Association membership, employees’ pension, employment insurance, and workers’ accident compensation insurance. (*MEXT: Japan’s Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology)
● Vacation: Annual paid vacation, Sick leave (paid), Special vacation (paid)
Working Hours
Discretionary labor system, based on 7 hours, 45 minutes per day, or 38 hours 45 minutes per week
Saturdays and Sundays; Statutory public holidays of Japan; Year-end and New Year holidays (December 29 through January 3); Summer holidays
Applications and Selection Process
Applications deadline: When the position is filled

Application documents:
      ● Cover letter in English
      ● Curriculum vita in English
      ● Publication list
      ● Name and contact address for two references, one of which should be a previous employer

Submission: Interested applicants should send application materials to: yukie#ircn.jp (Please replace # with @ before using this email address)

Selection Process: All applications will be screened, and only those qualified will be scheduled for an interview (on-site or via video).

* Submitted documents will not be returned.
* Personal information is handled carefully according to the Privacy Policy of the University of Tokyo, and will be used only for the job selection process.
* Travel cost will not be paid in screening process.