Open Positons

Researcher and Engineer positions at ATR Brain Labs., Kyoto, Japan
Advanced Telecommunications Research Institute International (ATR), Kyoto, Japan, has openings for researcher and research engineer positions and invite applications from people with strong motivations and ambitions in the research project described below.

We will study how to analyze multi-modal sensor measurements to create “artificial intelligence with consciousness” by installing a “consciousness module” to man-made information-processing systems.

In particular, we will develop and implement machine-learning techniques for attention, which dynamically processes data stream to find where to focus and intensively analyze and picks up information essential for decision-making. Our attention module will be developed for video, audio, and bio signals.

Our project is in close collaboration with neuroscientists led by Dr. Ryota Kanai (CEO & Chief Scientist, ARAYA Brain Imaging, Tokyo, Japan). PIs and co-PIs in the project are Dr. Ryota Kanai (ARAYA), Prof. Naotsugu Tsuchiya (Monash University, Australia), Dr. Masafumi Oizumi (RIKEN, Japan), Dr. Motoaki Kawanabe (ATR), and Prof. Takuya Maekawa (Osaka University, Japan).

We look forward to your applications and recommendations.

Motoaki Kawanabe, Ph.D.
Advanced Telecommunications Research Institute International (ATR), Kyoto, Japan
2015, October

■Requirements for Researchers

Applicants must:

  • have a Ph.D. (or be near completion).
  • have strong motivations and ambitions to take part in the research above.

Successful candidates will have interest in neural and cognitive science with expertise in one or more of the following areas are welcomed:

  • Machine learning, pattern recognition, signal processing, computer vision, robotics, bio-medical engineering.

■Requirements for Research Engineers

Applicants must have strong motivations and ambitions to take part in the research above mainly from program development, data analysis, and experimental support.

■Number of openings

A few

■Employment conditions

  • Position : Full-time Researcher / Full-time Research Engineer
  • Tenure : Single year based contract, renewable based on evaluation
  • Treatment: Based on individual performance
  • Work Location: Advanced Telecommunications Research Institute International (ATR)
    2-2-2 Hikaridai, Seika-cho, Soraku-gun, Kyoto 619-0288, Japan

■Application materials

Please submit the following five materials to the contact address below, either in printed or electronic form:

  1. CV
    • List of publications
    • Reprints of 1-3 major publications (applicants for Researchers) or summary of past projects
    • Essay (up to two pages in A4 or letter size) describing:
  2. Summary of your previous research and/or development
  3. Interests for research
  4. Additional research skills not directly foreseeable from 1 or 2
  5. Recommendation letters from more than two researchers

If submitted in printed form, original documents will not be returned.

■Judging system

After documentary examination, we ask for presentation and interview if needed

■Starting date

Soon (negotiable)

■Deadline for application

Opens until positions are filled.


〒619-0288 Department of Dynamic Brain Imaging
ATR Cognitive Mechanisms Laboratories (Application for Researcher Position)
2-2-2 Hikaridai, Seika-cho, Soraku-gun, Kyoto 619-0288, Japan
Email: dbi-cma at at=@

■Use of personal data

All personal data received will be properly managed and only be used for the purpose of recruitment.