Cross Labs is hiring

We are seeking ambitious, highly-skilled researchers to solve open problems on both natural and artificial intelligence fronts.


The deadline for applications has now closed until Fall 2020. Questions and inquiries about applications should be addressed to We thank you for your interest.


To reach our goals, we are seeking ambitious, highly-skilled researchers to solve open problems on both natural and artificial intelligence fronts. Our current research priorities cover a large range of intelligence science topics, including artificial life, cognitive neuroscience, collective intelligence, deep learning, robotics, and computational linguistics. Other research topics will be seriously considered if you can make a case for their tractability and relevance to intelligence science research as envisioned by Cross Labs.


The ideal candidate shares our excitement to understand the fundamental principles of intelligence, has a career interest in our core research questions and aims to eventually develop into a senior research fellow at Cross Labs, or continue these avenues of research at another institution after completing substantial work at Cross Labs.

An ideal profile will include:

  • Published research or patents in relevant fields
  • Enough background and knowledge of the literature to understand all facets of our scientific program and technical work as needed
  • Proactive research attitude, propensity toward teamwork and ability to generate productive new ideas
  • Formal degree or strong research experience in computer science or cognitive science is strongly recommended
  • A team player able to engage in collaborative work
  • Insightful and passionate about AI science
  • An insatiable learner

Researcher Position Opening


As a researcher at Cross Labs, you will conduct research in a team of researchers at the heart of Tokyo or Kyoto, one of the most technologically, culturally, and intellectually active metropoles in the world. Your schedule will be very flexible – we focus on progress, not presence. Autonomous research initiatives are strongly encouraged, and you will be able to engage in a large variety of projects, with other researchers in-lab and a wide range of academic collaborators, depending on the current team efforts.

If selected, the postdoc positions will start within 2020. They are 1 year long, renewable each year up to 3 years. In exceptional cases, the postdoc can be longer than 1 year, and possibly extend beyond the 3 years into a senior researcher position. We also offer internships for students during their degree, from 3 to 6 months.

The main features of the job include:

  • Development of an advanced research program in intelligence science
  • Daily collaboration in a wildly interdisciplinary team
  • Scientific dissemination in publications and conferences
  • Strong collaboration with our applied research team


Our researchers must be ready to collaborate closely with any of our affiliated research centers and academic institutions, including the University of Tokyo, the Earth-Life Science Institute (Tokyo Institute of Technology), Riken, and Hokkaido University. Students may be able to obtain academic degrees through their research at Cross Labs, in co-supervision with our research partners at universities. Please mention your interest in case you are a prospective student.


Although the requirements will differ depending on the research project (see below), a strong candidate needs to possess the following skills:

  • Strong knowledge in Mathematics or Computer Science
  • Very good understanding of Deep Learning theory
  • Experience reading and writing academic papers
  • Programming skills in Python or C++
  • Linux experience


Undergraduates and interns

We offer internships on a competitive basis with institutions with which Cross Labs has an ongoing collaboration for the specific topic of research. We accept undergraduate students for internships with funding from their home institution. Students may also receive support via the Japanese government’s Monbukagakusho (MEXT) scholarship program.

PhD studentships

We select a number of PhD students to do their research at, or in collaboration with, Cross Labs. PhD degrees are available in collaboration with neighboring universities (TokyoTech, UTokyo, etc.), with which Cross Labs has established an agreement. As a competitive way to fund their PhDs, candidates may choose to go through the selection process to get a PhD scholarship from Cross Compass. This process should ideally be done a year or so in advance. In the absence of such a grant, it is up to Japanese PhD students to self-fund their doctoral research. There are several competitive programs for the most talented graduate students to pick from:

Postdoctoral positions

We have a number of postdoctoral positions fully funded by Cross Labs, attributed on a competitive base. Additionally, please be aware that there are several funding options by the Japanese Society for Promotion of Science (JSPS), that fully fund postdoctoral fellowships for overseas applicants. We recommend JSPS fellowships to candidates, as an easy way to maximize the chance of successful postdoc application to Cross Labs. Again, there are a number of country-specific programs, information about which can usually be found on that country’s embassy website. Prospective postdocs are invited to contact us with further questions. We may be able to offer specific advice and help direct them towards specific sources of funding, especially for situations out of the ordinary.

Senior Scientists

We very much welcome more senior scientists wishing to undertake sabbaticals or visiting fellowships. There are many funding options available, so please contact us for more information.


Send us an email, attaching a recent CV detailing your academic record and programming experience, a tentative research plan (1 or 2 pages), and up to two references (name and emails only at this stage) to To demonstrate the research ability we’re looking for in candidates, we recommend applicants to aim at doing one or more of the following:

  • Demonstrate readiness to conduct and publish novel research relevant to Cross Labs’ research themes
  • Share previous concrete experiences fitting into one of our research projects
  • Before applying, attend one or more Cross Labs research or outreach activities, and talk to our research members