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Postdoc - Neuromorphic Engineering / Computing


There exists a substantial gap between the computational abilities of modern computers and those of the brain. The new Peter Grünberg Institute - Neuromorphic Compute Nodes (PGI-14) aims to close this gap and develop novel computing capabilities by incorporating some of the remarkable features found in biological brains. We take a hands-on approach building and programming novel test chips, and applying them to important application areas. We particularly focus on in-memory, mixed analog-digital approaches to develop architectures integrating novel components such as memristors, combined with traditional CMOS. Practical application areas include AI and Machine learning, NP-hard optimization problems, scientific computing, and signal processing. Our institute works closely with the new Peter Grünberg Institute - Neuromorphic Software Ecosystem (PGI-15), as well as device, materials, circuit researchers and neuroscientists in other institutes at Forschungszentrum Jülich and RWTH Aachen.

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Your Job:

There are openings for postdoctoral researchers interested in the co-design of neuromorphic circuits and systems with novel algorithms. You will work in a diverse team, targeting societally relevant computing applications to build more energy-efficient technologies to tackle them. Multiple funded projects are available, please see PGI-14 webpage for some research areas: https://www.fz-juelich.de/en/pgi/pgi-14
Depending on the project area, your tasks will include:

  • Develop and design novel neuromorphic circuits, integrating analog and digital blocks with emerging device technologies such as memristors
  • Invent, simulate, and prototype more efficient, specialized non-von Neumann architectures for application areas in AI, optimization, probabilistic computing, and scientific computing.
  • Design and quantify hardware realizations of several physics-based and biologically-inspired compute models (Hopfield networks, Ising machines, Cellular Automata, etc) applied to specific problem areas.
  • Integrated Circuit (IC) design (CMOS 28nm and below), simulation, and testing using Cadence development tools
  • Quantitative performance benchmarking to state-of-the-art competing approaches

Your Profile:

  • Completed academic university studies (Master`s degree or equivalent) and PhD degree in Electrical/Electronic engineering, Computer Engineering, Physics, Computer Science, Mathematics, or related fields
  • Coursework and experience with computer architecture, FPGAs, accelerators, and/or embedded systems is advantageous
  • A strong electronics background is needed including experience in design and simulation of analog, digital, or mixed-signal circuits using SPICE and related tools
  • Proficiency in practical programming and analysis of problems in the areas of combinatorial optimization, learning/training of artificial neural networks, machine learning, and related areas is greatly desired
  • Some work or exposure to computational complexity theory and information theory will be helpful
  • Experience with emerging compute and memory technologies such as non-volatile memories (ReRAM, PCM, Ferro-electric, STT, Flash, etc), analog computing, and beyond CMOS logic technologies
  • Excellent communication skills and the ability to work in a team are essential
  • Strong English skills will be required for the international working environment

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 support you in your work with:
We work on cutting-edge research topics with a high potential to positively impact society. We offer ideal conditions for you to complete your doctoral degree:

  • A world-leading, international research environment with state-of-the-art equipment
  • Opportunity to work in the highly interdisciplinary and exciting field of neuromorphic and brain-inspired computing, collaborating with physicists, neuroscientists, materials scientists, and engineers
  • Flexible working hours in a full-time position with the option of slightly reduced working hours
  • Flexible work (location) arrangements, e.g. working in home office
  • 30 days of annual leave and provision for days off between public holidays and weekends (e.g. between Christmas and New Year)
  • Targeted services for international employees, e.g. through our International Advisory Service

We offer you an exciting and varied role in an international and interdisciplinary working environment. The position is for a fixed term of 2 years. Salary and social benefits will conform to the provisions of the Collective Agreement for the Public Service (TVöD-Bund) depending on the applicant’s qualifications and the precise nature of the tasks assigned to them.

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 by 21.10.2022

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Last Modified: 14.09.2022