[Eeglablist] [Position] Post doctoral position (ATR, Japan)

Hidenobu Sumioka sumioka at atr.jp
Thu Jan 14 19:34:38 PST 2021

Dear Colleagues,

We are looking for a postdoctoral researcher who are interested in 
analyzing biological signals including NIRS data, heartbeats, and human 
motion during computer/robot mediated interaction.

Deep Interaction Laboratory Group (DIL) of Advanced Telecommunications
Research Institute International (ATR) starts new research and development
project for "The Realization of an Avatar-Symbiotic Society where Everyone
can Perform Active Roles without Constraint (PM: Professor Ishiguro)"
towards Moonshot Goal 1 in Moonshot Research and Development Program in
Cabinet Office (Realization of a society in which human beings can be free
of body, brain, space, and time limitations by 2050).  The laboratory is
looking for staff members who have a flexible attitude and can contribute to
develop and harness the laboratory's research strength. Inquiries regarding
this position are welcome.
- Please see the Program Information:

[Position and number of positions]
A few researchers and engineers (Full-time)

- Deep Interaction Laboratory Group, Interaction Science Laboratories
- Deep Interaction Laboratory Group, Interaction Technology Bank
- Deep Interaction Laboratory Group, Hiroshi Ishiguro Laboratories

[Research topics]
In this project, we aim to realize a human-centered avatar symbiotic society
by 2050, in which everyone can express themselves by using multiple avatars
and play active roles freely. The current research area includes a
multi-disciplinary field of studies about human communication and cognition,
such as cybernetic avatars (CA), interactive robots and agents, virtual
reality, and augmented reality. For this project, we have several
sub-projects; people will be in charge of more than one assignment.
(A) Huggable CA: this sub-project develops huggable CAs' hardware,
recognition functions, control mechanisms, and user interfaces for
teleoperation. This project also conducts field trials in real environments
with developed huggable CAs.
(B) CA-Platform: this sub-project develops teleoperation systems for
operating multiple CAs "done" by one teleoperator, methods for operating one
CA by multiple co-teleoperators, and middleware for managing them. Field
trials in real environments such as shopping malls will also be conducted in
the project.
(C) Biofeedback interface for CA: this sub-project develops UI technologies
for effective CA operation based on biological and behavioral information,
investigating the CA usage impact  on our body and mind. This project also
includes field trials in real environments with the developed interface and
(D) Bases of CA field trials: in this sub-project we build the bases of
field trials for CA in Tokyo and Osaka. The base manages CA, supports
building the CA systems, and coordinates the fields for the trials. We
require a manager, engineers for developing the base system, and
coordinators for collaborating with companies.

[Work Location]
ATR, 2-2-2 Hikaridai Seika-cho, Sorakugun, Kyoto 619-0288 Japan (Kansai
Science City)
(People who work on theme-D can work at field experiment areas in Tokyo and
Osaka, not mainly ATR)

Applicants must have:
(1) A doctoral degree for researchers / a master degree for engineers
(2) Excellent research achievements in the related field(s)
(3) Business level or above in Japanese or English language proficiency
(People who work on theme-D will need business level or above in Japanese
language proficiency)

[Starting Date]
Subjects to the first selection: April, 2021 (or as soon as possible
Subjects to the second selection: May, 2021 (or as soon as possible
Subjects to the third selection: June, 2021 (or as soon as possible

[Term of Employment]
 >From the starting date to March 31st, 2022 (Following the completion 
of the
term, the contract may be extended subject to evaluation)

[Employment Form]
Regular working hours: 1 working day shall comprise 7.5 working hours
including a 60-minute break. Flextime system and core time are available.
Salary and Benefits: Salary will be based on individual performance.
Employees shall be entitled to annual paid leave and special leave.
Commuting allowance, medical insurance and employment insurance will be
Regular Holidays: Sundays, Saturdays, holidays defined in the public holiday
law, the period commencing on 29th December and ending 3rd January (except
for holidays defined in each of the foregoing items), and other holidays
stipulated by ATR

[Application Documents]
Applications must be written in English or Japanese and include the
1.	Curriculum Vitae (Free format)
2.	List of research achievements
3.	Reprints of major original papers (PDF is recommended)
4.	An outline of research achievements (within two A4 pages, free
5.	A research plan (within one A4 page, free format)
6.	Application theme (A~D, multiple themes are welcome)
7.	Name, affiliation, and contact information (e-mail address) of two
professional referees who are willing to be contacted about the applicant

[Sending Address and Contact Information]
e-mail to ms-atr-contact [at] atr.jp
Note: Write [Application for Researcher/Engineer in DIL, ATR] in the subject
line. Attach the application documents in PDF format. If needed, protect the
documents by password and send it.
If you have questions about this application, please send e-mail to
ms-atr-contact [at] atr.jp.
- Write [Question about Application for Researcher/Engineer in DIL, ATR] in
the subject line.

[Application Deadline]
Subjects to the first selection: 25th, January, 2021
Subjects to the second selection: 22th, February, 2021
Subjects to the third selection: 22th, March, 2021
(Until the positions are filled. The selection process will be in the order
of arrival)

[Selection Process]
Document screening will be followed by online interviews. Selected
applicants will be notified within two weeks after the application deadline.
Unsuccessful applicants in the document screening process will not be

[Use of personal data]
All personal data received will be properly managed and only be used for the
purpose of recruitment.

住岡英信/Hidenobu Sumioka, Ph.D.
Group Leader
Presence Media Research Group, Hiroshi Ishiguro Laboratories
Interaction Dynamics Group, Norihiro Hagita Laboratories
Deep interaction Group
Advanced Telecommunications Research Institute International
2-2-2 Hikaridai, Seika-cho, Soraku-gun, Kyoto 619-0288, JAPAN
Tel: +81 774 95 1451
Fax: +81 774 95 1408

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