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Specially Appointed Research Scientist for NEDO - AI Quality Assurance
National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology
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[Explanation of institution (recruitment background, institution details, explanation of project, etc.)]
We are seeking to recruit research scientist to work for the R&D project on quality assurance of machine-learned AI software funded by NEDO.

[Job Title]
R&D on Quality Assurance of Machine-learned AI Software

[Job details (duties, subject responsible for, etc.)]
We call for researchers who will join our research on assurance and management of the quality (including reliability and security) of artificial intelligence software using machine-learning techniques. Our project aims to produce a set of technologies which can test, measure, improve, and assure quality of machine-learned software, associated with technical foundations (toolchain, guidelines, standards etc.) to use these technologies for development of machine learning-based software of industrial quality. We are hiring researchers who are able:
1) to develop state-of-the-art technology/tools to be used for AI quality assurance,
2) to uncover currently-unknown background knowledge on the reason of degrading AI quality with innovative study and analysis,
3) to produce industrial foundation for realizing a high-quality AI software in the world, and/or
4) to conduct a real case study with industrial partners.

Applicants are expected to have expertise in one or more of the following areas:
・ software engineering (such as software testing, formal analysis, process management etc.),
・ artificial intelligence (e.g., understanding and explanation of internal structure of AI, attacks and countermeasures for AI), or
・ statistical analysis related to software development or machine learning.

This position is open to everyone who has significant experience, skills and achievements required for the project, regardless of whether the candidate holds Ph.D. degree or not.

[Address of work location and other information]
AIST Tokyo Water Front, 2-3-26 Aomi, Koto-ku, Tokyo

[Available positions (Job title, number of positions, etc.)]
Approx. 3 positions with Cyber Physical Security Research Center or Artificial Intelligence Research Center

[Starting date and Term of Employment]
Up to 4 years & 3 months from any time until March 31st, 2023. The employment term will be determined following the selection process.

Research field
All Informatics
Mathematical and physical sciences
All Mathematical and physical science
Job type
Professor level
Associate Professor/Lecturer (full-time) level
Assistant Professor level
Researcher/Postdoc level
Employment status
Full time ( Fixed-term - The period of term will end on or before March 31, 2023.)
Work location
Kanto district - Tokyo 

[Details of required special expertise, qualification of the specific fields or degrees, etc.]

Ph.D. degree in relevant research field or equivalent significant experiences, skills and achievements required for the project.

For details, please visit the AIST website


[Details of salary, working hours, holiday, period of employment and insurance, accommodation, etc.]

Salary- Salary decision for the successful candidates will be made under annual salary system that is designed to compensate highly qualified research scientists.
Base annual salary is determined based on their professional experience, job responsibilities and other relevant factors. Work responsibility allowance, overtime allowance and commuting allowance are separately provided in accordance with the Rules on Salary of Fixed-term employees.

Work Hours - Standard work hours - 7h 45m per day, 38h 45h per week

Days-off - Sundays, Saturdays, public holidays, New Year holidays (from December 29 to January 3).
Leave – Annual paid leave, Sick leave, Special leave (summer vacation, marriage, maternity, mourning).

Benefits - Enrolled with the mutual aid association of METI that provides Health insurance, Pension, Employment Insurance, Workers'Compensation.

Application period
2018/12/07 -  2019/05/31 Deadline for receipt
This position will be closed when filled by appropriate candidates.
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[Application method (Application documents/ Submission methods of Postal mail, e-mail, Web application (including description for using JREC-IN Portal "Web application" function) etc./ Where to send documents such as address, e-mail address, etc.)]

For details, please visit AIST official website and download an application form (MS-WORD).

(1) An application document should be submitted via JREC-IN, no postal mail or e-mail attachment is acceptable.
(2) Advance registration is required from the
following webpage.
(3) Applicants should follow the instruction described at AIST website when completing the application form. Please be aware that AIST will not accept any application that does not meet the submission requirements.

[Selection process (selection method and hiring decision), notification of result]
(1)Document-based screening will be conducted in each research department. Only successful candidates will be notified of the result.
(2) First-stage interview will be scheduled approximately within a month from application. The location will be specified separately. Candidates traveling more than 100km will be reimbursed for travel expenses. The result will be sent via email to all candidates as soon as possible.
(3) Final-stage interview will be scheduled approximately within half a month to a month from the first-stage interview and held at AIST Tsukuba Center. Candidates traveling more than 100km will be reimbursed for travel expenses. The result will be sent via email and post mail to all candidates as soon as possible.

[Contact details (department, official position, name, e-mail address, and phone number of the responsible person)] * Important
Personnel Office, Human Resource Division
National Institute of Advanced Industrial Sc ience and Technology
Fax: +81-29-862-6049

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