[robotics-worldwide] [jobs] Postdoctoral scholar position at AIST, Japan, in performance evaluation of robot software

BiggsGeoffrey geoffrey.biggs at aist.go.jp
Thu Sep 14 17:15:12 PDT 2017

The Robot Innovation Research Centre at Japan's National Institute of Advanced
Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) is seeking a Postdoctoral Researcher
for work in the field of safe and reliable robot development.

The role requires working as part of the NEDO project for technology
development for practical robot markets, in the area of researching and
developing evaluation methods for robot sofware. Responsibilities include the
development of performance metrics for the quantitative evaulation of robot
software such as manipulation and navigation algorithms, and development of a
method for the automatic selection of appropriate software implementations at
run-time based on criteria such as purpose and environmental factors.

About the position
- Full time position (5 days per week, 7 hours and 45 minutes per day; flextime
- The position is offered starting immediately until the 30th of March, 2018.
  Extensions are conditionally possible on a yearly basis up to a maximum of
  five years (30 day notice given).
- The salary is 2,200 yen to 2,500 yen per hour, based on qualifications and
- A paid leave system, commuting allowance system, and full social insurance
  are available.
- Japanese language ability is NOT required.
- A researcher visa will be required. Assistance with obtaining a visa will be

Required qualifications
- PhD in computer science, robotics or a related field, obtained within the
  last 7 years.
- Less than five years' employment experience in this field.
- Publication record in fields relevant to the research goals, including
  software performance evaluation, algorithm performance evaluation, automatic
  software reconfiguration.
- Experience with software development.
- Experience with model-based techniques and model construction. Experience
  with SysML is preferred.
- Good communication skills in spoken and written English.
- Ability to work independently and set your own goals within the context of a
  larger project.

- Closing date: 29 September, 2017 (extension possible)
- Selection is based on submitted documents and a possible interview
- Send a cover letter describing your motivation for applying (include the call
  number "29-rirc_0008"), detailed resume including past work, an astract of
  your past research (1 A4 page), the contact details of one or more
  references, and samples of your publications to the below address or email to
  rsp-inquiry-ml at aist.go.jp with the subject line "Postdoctor call

  Noriaki Ando
  Software Platform Research Team, Robot Innovation Research Centre,
  National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology,
  Central 2, 1-1-1 Umezono, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-8568,

AIST provides extensive support to foreign researchers. See the following web
site for more information.


See below for the official call.

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