[robotics-worldwide] Research Assistant Positions (PhD Studentships)

Kenji Suzuki kenji at ieee.org
Wed Nov 11 05:30:12 PST 2009

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[Job announcement]
Research Assistant Positions (PhD Studentships)
Cybernics Program, University of Tsukuba
Tsukuba, Japan
Ref: CYB09/R0911

Applications are invited for a few research assistant positions
(fully-funded PhD studentships), which cover tuition fees and
living costs, who have (or expect to obtain) a Master's degree
or equivalent in a relevant subject. We offer a supportive environment
for individuals to work towards PhD, DEng or DMedSci qualifications.
The successful candidates should be keen on their assignments,
attend to their academic duties.

These studentships provide students with the opportunity
to work on a Cybernics research project as a research assistant.
These positions are available for duration of three years.
The successful candidates can be formally admitted to the
PhD program, if s/he meets the University admission requirements
to study for a PhD. Note that the PhD supervisor must be a faculty
member related to Cybernics Program, which is listed at the website.

Students should have research interests in the field of Cybernics,
which 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). This challenging program will
help you to develop practical and experimental skills in your chosen field.

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.
In particular, the topics including - but not limited to
- Robot suits (exoskeleton)
- Assistive and Rehabilitation robotics
- Humanoid robotics
- Physical and cognitive human-robot interaction
- Vital data sensing, Medical interface and Medical robotics
- Brain-machine interface
- Other fields in Cybernics (see the faculty members)

Please note that these studentships are available to all potential
applicants and not restricted to nationals. The successful candidate
must be able to start the PhD on the 1st April 2010.

Interested Applicants are encouraged to apply. Please complete
an application form which can be downloaded below. Please return
your application by email, preferably in PDF format, to
jobs.ra at cybernics.tsukuba.ac.jp
You should include the ref. number you are applying for in the
header of your e-mail.

For informal inquiries please contact the email address:
jobs.ra at cybernics.tsukuba.ac.jp.
Otherwise, if you have already decided on a research lab, try making
direct contact with the faculty member (by e-mail).

Tsukuba is a university and science city, located about 60 kilometers,
about 45 minutes by train, or 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.

*Important Dates
Application deadline: December 1st, 2009.

Yoshiyuki Sankai
Professor, Leader of Cybernics Program
University of Tsukuba

Kenji Suzuki       kenji at ieee.org
LPPA, College de France, France
University of Tsukuba, Japan

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