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Seeking a Postdoctoral Researcher (W20203)(Cognitive Behavioral Assistive Technology Team)
RIKEN(The Institute of Physical and Chemical Research)
Center for Advanced Intelligence Project
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Cognitive Behavioral Assistive Technology Team
Goal-Oriented Technology Research Group
RIKEN Center for Advanced Intelligence Project
(Laboratory head: Mihoko Otake)

[Research field]
The Center for Advanced Intelligence Project has been launched with subsidy from Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology-Japan for “Advanced Integrated Intelligence Platform Project (AIP) -Artificial Intelligence/ Big Data/ Internet of Things/ Cybersecurity-".
The Center conducts fundamental theoretical research and develops an innovative technology, with aiming to advance science and contribute to society or humanity.

This Center is a project with a maximum of 10 years from FY 2016.
AI nurturing or complementing intelligence of human are becoming much more important than ever before. Cognitive Behavioral Assistive Technology (CB-AT) Team puts emphasis on developing CB-AT which promotes cognitive reserve for prevention of cognitive decline and dementia of older adults which damage the intelligence of human necessary for social life. We develop conversational assistive AI based on Coimagination method, implement the AI to cognitive behavioral assistive systems, and evaluate the effects on human cognition and mind. Coimagination method is an image-based conversational assistive technology designed for utilizing cognitive functions which decline at mild cognitive impairment. In this context, machine learning methods applicable to the analysis of brainwave for estimating cognitive levels of older adults have been developed aiming for novel dementia digital biomarkers.

For more information, please refer to the Job posting URL
Cognitive Behavioral Assistive Technology Team | RIKEN Center for Advanced Intelligence Project

[Job title and job descriptions]
Job title, available positions:
Opening for Postdoctoral Researcher, one position

Postdoctoral Researcher: Carries out research and other work in accordance with team research themes under the direction of supervisors. Basically defined as those with a doctoral degree of 5 years or less.

Job description:
Within the following projects,

(1)The new trilateral project, including research groups from Japan, Germany, and France*
(2)Development of cognitive behavioral assistive systems
the candidate will be engaged in a research and development consisting of:

・Research on the development of novel dementia biomarkers within cognitive training framework based on the Coimagination method developed by the team
・Design of brainwave acquisition experiments (stimulus presentation and data recording) with elderly subjects within cognitive training frameworks.
・Collection of behavioral data of at least 100 subjects through randomized controlled trials (RCT) on cognitive intervention based on Coimagination method
・Collection of brainwave data before and after the trials
・Data analysis using modern machine learning methods in collaboration with German and French project partners (Python's MNE and BrainDecode frameworks).
・Development of evaluation of machine learning methods applicable to the analysis of brainwave for estimating cognitive levels of older adults
・Publication of original research papers, manuals and reports
・Works to promote the above research and development activities.

*The trilateral project is coordinated by JST, German Research Foundation (DFG, Germany) and The French National Research Agency (ANR, France) in the field of Artificial Intelligence. The title of the research project is “AI for Aging societies: From Basic Concepts to Practical Tools for AI Facilitated Cognitive Training"

[Work location]
Branch and address:
RIKEN Tokyo Area (1-4-1,Nihonbashi,Chuo,Tokyo)

[Start of employment]
April 1st, 2021 or later (Negotiable)

brain wave measurement, EEG, fNIRS, machine learning, deep learning, signal processing, pattern recognition, computational neuroscience, neural engineering, experimental psychology, brain computer interface, brain machine interface, BCI, BMI, experiments with human subjects, digital biomarker

Research field
All Engineering
Mathematical/Information science
Interdisciplinary science and engineering
Computational science
Job type
Researcher/Postdoc level
Employment status
Work location
Kanto district - Tokyo 

・must have a Ph.D. or expect to receive a Ph.D. before the date of employment
・The candidate should possess a doctoral degree in machine learning, signal processing, pattern recognition, computational neuroscience, cognitive neuroscience, neural engineering, experimental psychology, or a related field.
・The candidate is expected to have data collection or experiments with human subjects' experience. Previous experience with EEG/fNIRS experiments would be beneficial.
・The project with international partners will include implementing and testing machine learning applications; thus, it is expected that the candidate to possess Python-language-based programming experience. Experience with deep learning frameworks available in Python would be beneficial.
・The right level of English communication skills for the internal RIKEN AIP's and the trilateral project collaboration is also necessary.
・must be proactive, cooperative, flexible, and able to respond according to the circumstances.
・must also have good communication skills and be able to cooperate with the relevant personnel within/outside of the laboratory to fulfill the tasks.


For details about "Salary and benefits", please refer to the above "Job posting URL".

Application period
2021/12/25 Deadline for receipt
Open until the position is filled
/notification of result
/contact details

[Application and required documents]
Required documents:
Please refer to the above "Job posting URL" regarding the "Required documents".

How to apply:
Applicants must contact the Center for Advanced Intelligence Project before they submit the required documents in PDF format by Email to the bellow Email address.
Please use the subject line “W20203_your name_the position that you are applying for" when you apply. (Example “W20203_Hanako Riken_ Postdoctoral Researcher")
Also, the document names for the letters of recommendation must be “Letter of recommendation_your name." (Example: Letter of recommendation_Hanako Riken). You need to ask your referees to use this document name for the letter.

Application documents will not be returned.
No information can be released regarding application status or evaluation details prior to, during, or after the evaluation process.

Open until the position is filled

[Selection process]
Application screening and interview for selected applicants
Only persons who pass the application screening will be interviewed.

[Contact Information / Send application to]
RIKEN Center for Advanced Intelligence Project
Nihonbashi 1-chome Mitsui Building, 15th floor,
1-4-1 Nihonbashi, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 103-0027, Japan
Email: aip-hr [at]
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