[robotics-worldwide] Postdoctoral Positions in Cybernics at the University of Tsukuba

Kenji Suzuki kenji at ieee.org
Mon Oct 15 09:11:10 PDT 2007

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Job announcement
Postdoctoral Positions in Cybernics (up to five positions)
Cybernics Program, University of Tsukuba
Tsukuba, Japan
Ref: CYB02/P0710

Applications are invited for five (5) postdoctoral positions 
in the area of Cybernics: fusion of human, machine and information 
systems, or relevant subjects. 

Cybernics is a new domain of interdisciplinary academic field 
of human-assistive technology to enhance, strengthen, and 
support human's cognitive and physical functions, which challenges 
to integrate and harmonize humans and robots (RT: robotics 
technology) with the basis of information technology (IT). 

The three primary research areas are: (i) Cybernoid: robot suits, 
cybernic limb and hand, implanted cybernic system, subjective 
cognition computing, virtual human-body kernel. 
(ii) Next-generation interface: brain-computer interface, 
somato-sensory media, humanoid, medical interface, ubiquitous 
sensing interface, intelligent robots. 
(iii) Management technology for next-generation advanced systems: 
network security, new-generation risk management, cognitive 
engineering, ethical, sociological, and conceptual readiness.

The position is initially for duration of three years, with 
possible extension to a maximum of four years depending on 
achieved results. To change the appointment as an acting faculty 
(associate/assistant professor) may be considered, within 
the fixed term of three years, upon request. Our primary focus 
is conducting research and pursuing education at the Ph.D. 
level in the area of Cybernics. Responsibility may include 
some administrative tasks related to the program. 

These positions will be available immediately. The review of 
applications will proceed after October 29th 2007 on their arrival 
and will continue until the position is filled. The Cybernics 
program (Leader, Prof. Yoshiyuki Sankai) is supported by the 
grant-in-aid science research under the Global COE program, 
and also is a part of a new strategic initiative in the 
University of Tsukuba. For more details on research areas, 
see the program website, http://www.cybernics.tsukuba.ac.jp/. 

Candidates are expected to have earned a Ph.D. degree or 
equivalent in a relevant subject area and to have demonstrated 
achievement in their fields. Candidates recently graduated Ph.D., 
or expected to obtain their Ph.D. degrees or equivalent before 
the appointment begins are also encouraged to apply. 

Applications should include a full curriculum vitae, a list of 
publications, 5 reprints or preprints of relevant papers, 
an outline of past researches, future research plans, and 
possible contribution to this project (about A4 2-pages), 
and the names and addresses of at least two referees. 
Applicants are requested, if possible, to list publications 
under the following main headings: Authored or Edited books, 
Refereed Journal papers, Review articles, Refereed conference 
proceedings, Non-refereed conference proceedings, Patents, 
Awards, External funding and grants, Others. 

Please return your application by email, preferably in PDF 
format, to jobs.pd at cybernics.tsukuba.ac.jp. You should include 
the ref. number you are applying for in the header of your 
e-mail, or standard mail envelope. For informal inquiries 
please contact the Leader of the Cybernics Program, Professor 
Yoshiyuki Sankai on email sankai at cybernics.tsukuba.ac.jp.

Tsukuba is a university and science city, located about 60 
kilometers, about 1 hour by car, northeast of central Tokyo. 
Over 50 national and independently administered research 
organizations are concentrated in the Tsukuba Science City 
district, which is centered on the university.

Review of applications: from 29 October, 2007
* Program website http://www.cybernics.tsukuba.ac.jp/

Dr Kenji Suzuki    kenji at ieee.org
Assistant Professor
University of Tsukuba, Japan

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