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Reference number: D173/2018, Electrical engineering or physics

Doctoral theses in Neuromorphic Computing: SoC conceptual approaches enabling natural density connectivity

The Central Institute of Engineering, Electronics and Analytics (ZEA-2 – Electronic Systems) is a scientific technical institute of Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH performing research and development projects in cooperation with the institutes of the research center as well as external partners. The focus of our work is electronic and information technology system solutions in sensor and detector technology, signal and data processing as well as measurement techniques. Hereby the preferred approach are silicon-based System-on-Chip (SoC, highly integrated) solutions.

Field of activity:
The classical von-Neumann-architectures for computer systems show strong limitations in performance and energy efficiency, especially in tasks like pattern recognition, which in contrast are easy to handle by the human brain. The target of Future Advanced Computer architectures is to develop structures that overcome these limitations e.g. by Neuromorphic Computing architectures. In this area, several first generation development approaches exist and e.g. are used in neuroscience for simulating and studying the brain functionality.

ZEA-2 is part of a research project on the development of multi-scale natural-density neuromorphic computing with a focus on the applicability in neuroscience. The target of the project is to develop concepts for SoC solutions enabling natural density connectivity. One approach to be considered is connectivity optimization by matching spatial dimensions to time, frequency and/or code domain. The concepts are to be realizable on standard CMOS processes. Investigations on programmable platforms should bring a first pre-silicon verification step. For this project, we offer two doctoral researcher positions covering the field from communication theory down to SoC realizations in state-of-the-art CMOS nodes.

Your profile should include some of the following skills:

  • Electrical engineering or physics background
  • Knowledge in communication and information theory
  • First experiences in VLSI concepts
  • Experience with hardware description language
  • Good analytical skills and ability to independently finding solutions
  • Spirit for team work in interdisciplinary and intercultural teams

Our Offer:

  • Opportunity to work together in a team of highly motivated scientists and technicians
  • Possibility to work on the whole development chain
  • Further development of your personal abilities in connection with a socially balanced work environment
  • Strongly supported on-the-job training at the start
  • A comprehensive further training program, including possible German language course

Forschungszentrum Jülich aims to employ more women in this area and therefore particularly welcomes applications from women.

We also welcome applications from disabled persons.

Did we raise your attention and you got curious?
We are looking forward for your application.

For further information please contact:
Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH
Central Institute of Engineering, Electronics and Analytics
ZEA-2 – Electronic Systems
Britta Hallmann
52425 Jülich