Post-doctoral position: Advancing Social Science by Market Design and its Practical Implementation


Professor Fuhito Kojima (University of Tokyo):

Professor Makoto Yokoo (Kyushu University):

Professor Hisashi Kashima (Kyoto University):


This project is funded by Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science. This project will develop mechanisms to allocate precious resources appropriately based on technologies from micro economics and computer science, and implement these mechanisms in real application domains, such as Japanese daycare (nursery school) allocation. This project is carried out by an interdisciplinary research team that consists of leading Japanese researchers in micro economies, computer science, artificial intelligence, and data science. Specific research topics include automated mechanism design, mechanism design for two-sided matching and auctions, etc.


The ideal candidate will have a PhD in a relevant discipline and established track record evident by publication in top quality conferences and/or journals. Expertise in one or more of the following areas is a must: game theory and economic paradigms, market/mechanism design, computational social choice, human-aware AI, machine learning applications, heuristic search and optimization, and multiagent systems.


The successful candidate will be employed by one of the following universities: University of Tokyo, Kyoto University, or Kyushu University, in Japan, and will visit and collaborate with other
investigators. Gross salary per year (including taxes, insurances, and other things) will be around US$40,000. The exact amount will be decided in accordance with the employment regulations of each university, the successful applicant’s past accomplishments, etc.
The start date will November 1, 2021 (Negotiable) and the end date is March 31, 2022, which can be extended based on mutual agreement.


The application process will remain open until the position is filled by a suitable candidate.
Interested applicants should submit the following to recruit <at>
(1) Academic CV, including names and contact details of 2 referees.
(2) A 2-page summary of the candidate’s current/past research and a research vision statement in the project.
(3) Five “representative papers” describing the applicant’s research.
If possible, please also include a link to a website with an online version of your PhD thesis and relevant publications (e.g., your professional homepage).

Only electronic submissions will be accepted. Please put the set of documents to be submitted in a folder and compress it with a password (preferably in ZIP file) and send by e-mail to the contact e-mail address. Please make the subject of the email “Application for Postdoc Research Fellow”. If the file size of the compressed file exceeds 5MB, please email the URL of a location where the complete set of documents could be downloaded safely. Also, please email us the password for decompressing the compressed file separately. After receiving the application, the
applicant will be notified with a confirmation of receipt. If you do not receive a confirmation of receipt within 24 hours, please contact the following reference. The applications received after the deadline will not be considered for further screening.


August 31, 2021.


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