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PhD Position - Neuromorphic Hardware for Event-based Computing at the Edge


The Peter Grünberg Institute - Neuromorphic Software Eco Systems (PGI-15) led by Prof. Dr. Emre Neftci explores neuromorphic computing technologies that learn and work like the brain. Our research team designs computing algorithms and architectures from the perspective of Neuroscience and physical realizations in dedicated circuits and devices. Applications of our research are targeted to improve computing in many areas, including computer vision, autonomous control, data processing in mobile and wearable devices, and (neuro-)scientific data analysis.

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Your Job:

  • Design neuromorphic FPGA or integrated circuit hardware solutions to computer vision problems at the edge
  • Application with neuromorphic sensors in the domain of vision-based urban scene understanding and smart cities
  • Explore neuromorphic event-based computer vision algorithms and their hardware implementation for accelerating the targeted workloads
  • Quantitative comparisons with different hardware backends. Design conventional (GPU-based) deep neural networks for comparison
  • Support the dissemination of software tools and concepts
  • Supervise student projects and BSc/MSc theses
  • Write research articles and regularly participate in international conferences to present your work

Your Profile:

This position is ideal for a hardware engineer (e.g. circuit design, computer architecture) interested to become an expert in brain-inspired algorithms and artificial intelligence.

  • Master’s degree in electrical/electronic engineering, computer science, physics, or a related engineering field
  • Expertise in FPGA design and/or CMOS VLSI design (digital logic synthesis, simulation, P&R backend)
  • Familiarity or strong interest in programming neural networks, machine learning and machine learning software frameworks
  • Knowledge of digital neuromorphic hardware (e.g. Intel Loihi, Spinnaker, Synsense) and neuromorphic vision sensors is a plus
  • Ability for collaborative work, interdisciplinary and cross-topical thinking
  • Very good communication skills in English, both spoken and written. PGI-15 offers an English speaking environment therefore German language skills are not required

Our Offer:

We work on the very latest issues that impact our society and are offering you the chance to actively help in shaping the change! We offer ideal conditions for you to complete your doctoral degree:

  • A world-leading, interdisciplinary and international research environment, provided with state-of-the-art experimental equipment and versatile opportunities to grow as a curious researcher
  • An interdisciplinary and collaborative work environment including researchers at the following institutes: Neuromorphic Hardware Nodes (PGI-14), Electronics Materials (PGI-7), the Institute of Neuroscience and Medicine - Computational and Systems Neuroscience (INM-6), the Jülich Supercomputer Center (JSC) and the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology at RWTH Aachen
  • 30 days of annual leave and provision for days off between public holidays and weekends (e.g. between Christmas and New Year)
  • Further development of your personal strengths, e.g. through an extensive range of training courses; a structured program of continuing education and networking opportunities specifically for doctoral researchers via JuDocS, the Jülich Center for Doctoral Researchers and Supervisors: https://www.fz-juelich.de/en/judocs
  • Targeted services for international employees, e.g. through our International Advisory Service

The position is for a fixed term of 3 years, with possible long-term prospects. Pay in line with 100% of pay group 13 of the Collective Agreement for the Public Service (TVöD-Bund) and additionally 60 % of a monthly salary as special payment („Christmas bonus“). Further information on doctoral degrees at Forschungszentrum Jülich including our other locations is available at: https://www.fz-juelich.de/gp/Careers_Docs

Place of employment: Aachen

We welcome applications from people with diverse backgrounds, e.g. in terms of age, gender, disability, sexual orientation / identity, and social, ethnic and religious origin. A diverse and inclusive working environment with equal opportunities in which everyone can realize their potential is important to us.

We look forward to receiving your application. The job will be advertised until the position has been successfully filled. You should therefore submit your application as soon as possible.

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Last Modified: 31.01.2023