Job: Postdoc in Video Games for Cognitive Enhancement at Kochi University of Technology

Postdoctoral Position in Video Games for Cognitive Enhancement
Center for Human-Engaged Computing (CHEC)
Kochi University of Technology
Kochi, Japan

Application deadline: January 15, 2020

The Center for Human-Engaged Computing (CHEC) at Kochi University of Technology (KUT) is recruiting a highly motivated post-doctoral fellow (Research Associate) with a strong background in Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) who is interested in multidisciplinary research (Video motion games, VR games, and neuroscience).

CHEC (, directed by Prof. Xiangshi REN (, is one of the world’s leading HCI labs with a variety of research interests. HEC-related studies are concerned with the development of synergized interaction between humans and computers with a particular focus on human well-being. Currently, we focus on the study of engagement and aging issues. The fellow will lead studies on developing novel video motion and/or VR video motion games for elderly users and conducting neuroimaging studies.


  • D. in Computer Science, HCI, or Neuroscience.
  • A strong interest in working in a multi-disciplinary project.
  • Expertise in either VR video game design or neuroimaging techniques (EEG/fMRI).
  • A solid history of academic record including publication at TOCHI/CHI/UIST or flagship multidisciplinary journals
  • Ability to work independently and excellent communication skills
  • Fluent English writing and presentation skills

The applicant will also assist in the supervision of a research team of mutually supportive Ph.D., MSc and BS students in various projects. The applicant may be required to support the center’s director in managing some administration work.

Application deadline is Jan 15, 2020. Applications will be reviewed until position is filled.

Title: Research Associate (Post-doctoral Researcher)
Institution: Center for Human-Engaged Computing, Kochi University of Technology
Employment period: 3 years (No extension. Mid-term evaluation after 2 years)
Salary: annual compensation 4,200,000 JPY
Allowance: Accommodation allowance 300,000 JPY/year
Research budget: 500,000 JPY/year
Social Insurance: included


The expected starting annual compensation for postdocs is 4,200,000 JPY (around 300,000 JPY per month), accommodation allowance 300,000 JPY/year, and the applicant will receive a research budget of 500,000 JPY/year. The contract includes occupational social Insurance. The employment period will be three years with no extension, and a mid-term evaluation will be conducted after the second year.


Interested applicants should send the application by email to The application enclosed (i) CV, (ii) a cover letter describing research background and interests, (iii) representative publications from the past five years (at least 2 publications, in PDF form), and (iv) contact information for two referees.

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