Internship – Robotics Researcher @ Rakuten Institute of technology

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Robotics Researcher Intern


Are you looking for something different? Do you want to be part of something? Rakuten robotics is looking for interns who can take charge of problems, solve them, and then feed the answers back to the team.

The goal of our internships are to research, develop, and test of state-of-the-art software and hardware for robotics. Internship topics include, but are not limited to image stitching, planning, perception, robotic coordination, control mechanisms, software performance, and inter-disciplinary integration. While we have lots of interesting and fun projects to work on, there is always room for you to set your own agenda if you have a good idea.

- Be responsible for all aspects of your project, from start to finish
- Report on your progress to the team
- Learn by doing
- Publish results in academic conferences
- Have a jolly good time!

Requirements & Preferences

- M.Sc. / Ph.D. in computer science, robotics, mechatronics or related fields
- Good programming skills in C/C++/python
- Able to communicate your ideas to others
- Positive attitude and willingness to learn and ask questions

Would be nice to have:

- Programming experience in C++, Unix experience
- Robotic operating systems such as ROS, RTOS, Embedded Linux, …
- Large-scale system design and software development experience
- Experience with electric circuit design and PCB CAD
- Ability to solve complex problems in unique and inventive ways
- Electrics integration and firmware development
- Experience in designing Machine Learning algorithms, working with, and / or applying Machine Learning to solve complex problems
- Experience with Caffe, Tensorflow, Eras, Hadoop, Spark, etc.
- All skills and experience useful for the R&D areas mentioned above
- Demonstrate research mindset and prior experience

English Requirement: Business Level
Japanese Requirement: Not Required

What we're doing.

We launched Rakuten Institute of Technology in 2006 as the dedicated R&D organization for the Rakuten Group. Since then, anticipating that the constant scaling up of internet services will result in a shift from simple linear growth to a radically different paradigm, we have proposed a vision called the “Third Reality” to aim at novel research & development for the business. In a sense, our interest in the subject is not merely academic. It is the creative mind-set that drives us to open up an entirely new frontier.

Why we're doing.

At Rakuten Institute of Technology, our research is guided by a vision called the Third Reality, and we collaborate with various departments in Rakuten, as well as external organizations, in order to maximize our impact. The Third Reality vision is based on three key concepts.

- Evolution of society
These days the physical world is becoming increasingly integrated with the digital world. There is no longer a clear border where one world ends and the other begins. As the cyber world evolves and expands to pervade all areas of life, users and physical reality are evolving even more. The border between them is disappearing such that together they are forming a new reality, which we call “The Third Reality”.

- Overcoming conflict
People may see a dichotomy when a new technology appears. However, the relationship between the real and online worlds can be seen as collaborative and we strive to propose ideas that go beyond the conflict. As such, we believe that a third option will give us power to move further forward.

- Users first
The Third Reality arises from the interaction of users with the ever expanding virtual world. The ways users can interact with the online world are increasing and internet services can be ever more personalized to the individual. The new reality is created in collaboration with users, so user's seamless experience is always important to us.

Salary / Fringe Benefits / Perks

Our internships are typically 3 to 6 months long, and each intern is assigned a mentor who will be there to support them at all stages, from the valleys of despair, to the peaks of ecstasy!


1丁目-14-1 Tamagawa, Setagaya, Tokyo

Company info

Hiroshi Mikitani


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