[robotics-worldwide] [jobs] Postdoctoral scholar position at AIST, Japan, in developer tools for robot software

BiggsGeoffrey geoffrey.biggs at aist.go.jp
Thu Sep 14 17:15:36 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 reliable robot software.

The role requires working as part of the NEDO project for technology
development for practical robot markets, in the area of developer tools for the
creation and maintenance of reliable robot software. Responsibilities include
the research and development of methods for applying continuous integration to
robot systems that feature both hardware and software, the construction of a
framework for continuous integration of manipulator-based robot software
(including hardware selection and assembly, and software development), and the
integration of this framework and existing robot systems.

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 for applicants without Japaanese
  citizenship or permanent residence. 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 development for robotics, DevOps, robot development processes.
- Experience with software development. Experience with a well-known robot
  development framework such as ROS, Orocos or RT-Middleware is preferred.
- 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_0007"), 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

  Geoffrey Biggs
  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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