[Job announcement]
Cybernics Program
University of Tsukuba, Japan
Ref: CYB02/P0710


Postdoctoral Positions in Cybernics (5 positions)

Applications are invited for five (5) postdoctoral positions in the area of Cybernics: fusion of human, machine and information systems, or relevant subjects.

Research Area

Cybernics is a new domain of interdisciplinary academic field of human-assistive technology to enhance, strengthen, and support human's cognitive and physical functions, which challenges to integrate and harmonize humans and robots (RT: robotics technology) with the basis of information technology (IT).

The three primary research areas are: (i) Cybernoid: robot suits, cybernic limb and hand, implanted cybernic system, subjective cognition computing, virtual human-body kernel. (ii) Next-generation interface: brain-computer interface, somato-sensory media, humanoid, medical interface, ubiquitous sensing interface, intelligent robots. (iii) Management technology for next-generation advanced systems: network security, new-generation risk management, cognitive engineering, ethical, sociological, and conceptual readiness.

Post duration and Further Particulars

The position is initially for duration of three years, with possible extension to a maximum of four years depending on achieved results. To change the appointment as an acting faculty (associate/assistant professor) may be considered, within the fixed term of three years, upon request. Our primary focus is conducting research and pursuing education at the Ph.D. level in the area of Cybernics. Responsibility may include some administrative tasks related to the program.

These positions will be available immediately. The review of applications will proceed after October 29th 2007 on their arrival and will continue until the position is filled. The Cybernics program (Leader, Prof. Yoshiyuki Sankai) is supported by the grant-in-aid science research under the Global COE program, and also is a part of a new strategic initiative in the University of Tsukuba. For more details on research areas, see the program website,

Candidates are expected to have earned a Ph.D. degree or equivalent in a relevant subject area and to have demonstrated achievement in their fields. Candidates recently graduated Ph.D., or expected to obtain their Ph.D. degrees or equivalent before the appointment begins are also encouraged to apply.

How To Apply

Applications should include a full curriculum vitae, a list of publications, 5 reprints or preprints of relevant papers, an outline of past researches, future research plans, and possible contribution to this project (about A4 2-pages), and the names and addresses of at least two referees. Applicants are requested, if possible, to list publications under the following main headings: Authored or Edited books, Refereed Journal papers, Review articles, Refereed conference proceedings, Non-refereed conference proceedings, Patents, Awards, External funding and grants, Others.

Please return your application by email, preferably in PDF format, to jobs.pd + @ + (* Please remove " + " from above e-mail address.) You should include the ref. number you are applying for in the header of your e-mail, or standard mail envelope.

The University and the City

Tsukuba is a university and science city, located about 60 kilometers, about 1 hour by car, northeast of central Tokyo. Over 50 national and independently administered research organizations are concentrated in the Tsukuba Science City district, which is centered on the university.


For informal inquiries please contact the Leader of the Cybernics Program, Professor Yoshiyuki Sankai on email sankai + @ + (* Please remove " + " from above e-mail address.)

Review of applications: from 29 October, 2007
(December 31, 2007: The positions are filled and currently there is no vacancy.)