[Job announcement]
Cybernics Program
University of Tsukuba, Japan
Ref: CYB05/R0811

Research Assistants (PhD Studentships)

Applications are invited for research assistant positions (fully-funded PhD studentships), which cover tuition fees and living costs, who have (or expect to obtain) a Master’s degree or equivalent in a relevant subject. We offer a supportive environment for individuals to work towards PhD, DEng or DMedSci qualifications. The successful candidates should be keen on their assignments, attend to their academic duties.

These studentships provide students with the opportunity to work on a Cybernics research project as a research assistant. These positions are available for duration of three years. The successful candidates can be formally admitted to the PhD program, if s/he meets the University admission requirements to study for a PhD. Note that the PhD supervisor must be a faculty member related to Cybernics Program, which is listed at the website. (

Students should have research interests in the field of Cybernics, which 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). This challenging program will help you to develop practical and experimental skills in your chosen field.

Research Area

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. In particular, the topics including - but not limited to
- Robot suits (exoskeleton)
- Assistive and Rehabilitation robotics
- Humanoid robotics
- Physical and cognitive human-robot interaction
- Vital data sensing, Medical interface and Medical robotics
- Brain-machine interface
- Other fields in Cybernics (see the faculty members)

Post duration

Please note that these studentships are available to all potential applicants and not restricted to nationals. The successful candidate must be able to start the PhD on the 1st April 2009.

How to Apply

Interested Applicants are encouraged to apply. Please complete an application form which can be downloaded below. Please return your application by email, preferably in PDF format, to jobs.ra + @ + (* 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 45 minutes by train, or 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 email address: jobs.ra + @ + (* Please remove " + " from above e-mail address.) Otherwise, if you have already decided on a research lab, try making direct contact with the faculty member (by e-mail).

Application Form (download)

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Application form for Research Assistant Position ( pdf / Word )

Application deadline: 1 December, 2008