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** Application deadline is Jan 15, 2019. Applications will be reviewed
until position is filled **

Title: Research Associate (Post-doctoral Researcher)

Institution: Center for Human-Engaged Computing, Kochi University of

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


所属:高知工科大学 HEC研究センター(Center for Human-Engaged Computing)

任期:3年間 (延長なし。2年経過後に中間評価)






所属:高知工科大学 人机共协计算研究所(Center for Human-Engaged Computing)







The Center for Human-Engaged Computing (CHEC) at Kochi University of
Technology is recruiting one Research Associate (Post-doctoral Researcher).
CHEC (* <>*) which is directed by
Prof. Xiangshi Ren (* <>*) is
one of the world’s leading HCI labs with a variety of research interests,
and is active in world-wide HCI community. HEC-related studies are
concerned with the development of synergized interaction between humans and
computers with a particular focus on innate human potential and human
well-being. Currently, we focus on the study of engagement, aging issues
and computational aesthetics.

We are seeking outstanding candidates with relevant background in
Human-Computer Interaction, Computational Modeling, Data Sciences,
Cognitive Science, or Machine Learning.

A strong interest in applying computational methods to human-computer
interaction is required (e.g., human behavior modeling, computational user
interface design). Technical experiences in areas such as inverse modeling,
deep learning, generative models, and reinforcement learning would be very
useful. Applicants should have excellent programming skills (e.g.,
Python)., and a solid history of publications at top conferences such as
CHI, UIST or the top-pier conference in applicants’ fields.

The applicant will also assist in the supervision of a research team of
mutually supportive PhD, MSc and BS. students in various projects.

The applicant may be required to support the center’s director in managing
some administration work.

Fluent English writing and presentation skills are essential.


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.


Apply by submitting

   - CV
   - A cover letter describing research background and interests
   - Representative publications from the past five years (at least 2
   publications, in PDF form)
   - Contact information for two referees

Interested applicants should send the application by email to *[log in to unmask]
<[log in to unmask]>*. The interviews will begin after the application is
received. This open position will be closed after an appropriate applicant
is found.

*Recent Publications in relation to this position*

   1. Ren, X. (Aug. 2016). Rethinking the relationship between humans and
   computers, Computer, Vol.49, No.8, pp.104-108, IEEE.
   2. Law, E., Silpasuwanchai, C., Ren, X., Bardzell, J., Clemmensen, T.,
   Liu, Y. (2015). Leveraging and Integrating Eastern and Western Insights
   into Human Engagement Studies, Extended Abstracts of the ACM Conference on
   Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI Workshop ’15). Seoul, Korea
   (April 18-23). New York: ACM Press, pp.2433-2436.
   3. Farooq, U., Grudin, J., Shneiderman, B., Maes, P. and Ren, X. (2017).
   Human Computer Integration versus Powerful Tools, Proceedings of the CHI
   Conference Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI
   ’17), pp.1277-1282, Denver, USA (May 6 – 11, 2017).
   4. Salehzadeh Niksirat, K., Sarcar, S., Sun, H., Law, E.L.C, Clemmensen,
   T., Bardzell, J., Oulasvirta, A., Silpasuwanchai, C., Light, A., Ren, X.
   (2018). Approaching Engagement towards Human-Engaged Computing. In
   Proceedings of the CHI Conference Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in
   Computing Systems (CHI ’18), Special Interest Group (SIG) Proposal. ACM.
   Montreal, Canada (April 21 – 26, 2018).
   5. Niksirat, K.S., Silpasuwanchai, C., Ahmed, M., Cheng, P. and Ren, X.
   (2017). A Framework for Interactive Mindfulness Meditation Using
   Attention-Regulation Process, Proceedings of the ACM CHI Conference on
   Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI ’17), Denver, USA (May 6 – 11,
   2017), pp. 2672-2684.
   6. Wang, C., Sarcar, C., Kurosu, M., Bardzell, J., Oulasvirta, A.,
   Miniukovich, A., and Ren. X., 2018. Approaching Aesthetics on User
   Interface and Interaction Design. In Proceedings of the 2018 ACM
   International Conference on Interactive Surfaces and Spaces (ISS '18). ACM,
   New York, NY, USA, 481-484. DOI:
   7. Jokinen, J. P., Sarcar, S., Oulasvirta, A., Silpasuwanchai, C., Wang,
   Z., & Ren, X. (2017, May). Modelling Learning of New Keyboard Layouts. In
   Proceedings of the 2017 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing
   Systems (pp. 4203-4215). ACM.

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