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PhD Position – DesignImplementation of Neuromorphic Associative Computing in der Städteregion Aachen
Referenznummer: acjobs-st-98781

Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH - Vollzeitbeschäftigung
Start ab sofort - Online seit dem 15.07.2021


Conducting research for a changing society: This is what drives us at Forschungs­zentrum Jülich. As a member of the Helmholtz Association, we aim to tackle the grand societal challenges of our timeconduct researchthe possibilities of a digitized society, a climate-friendly energy system,a resource-efficient economy. Work together with around 6,800 employees in one of Europe’s biggest research centreshelp us to shape change!

There exists a substantial gapthe computational abilities of modern computersthose of the brain. The new Peter Grünberg Institute – Neuromorphic Compute Nodes (PGI-14) – aims to close this gapdevelop novel computing capabilities by incorporating some of the remarkable features found in biological brains. We aim to lower the energy consumption of today’s hardware while expanding our understanding of the fundamentals of computation. Practical application areas include machine learning, intractable NP-hard problems, scientific computing,signal processing. We utilize novel technologies such as analog memories combined with modern CMOS elements to build practical circuitsintegrated chips for end-to-end demonstrations in the laboratory. The institute has close collaborations with the new Peter Grünberg Institute – Neuromorphic Software Ecosystem (PGI-15) – as well as device, materials, circuit researchersneuroscientists within other institutes at the Forschungszentrum Jülich.

We are offering a
PhD Position – DesignImplementation of Neuromorphic Associative Computing

Your Job:

There are current openings for PhD students to develop neuromorphic circuitsarchitectures with associative memory capabilities for novel computing applications. In this exciting job, your tasks will include:

Exploring in-memory computing systems for pattern storagerecognition, memory-augmented neural networks, building off of today’s high performance deep learning.
Developing novel analog circuits for content addressable memories (CAMs) integrated with non-volatile technologies.
Working on practical problems relevant to industryperforming benchmarking comparisons to the state of the art.
Working in a cross-disciplinary team environment, inventing, simulating, fabricating,ultimately testing analogdigital next-generation hardware in the laboratory.

Your Profile:

Undergraduate and/or master’s degree in physics, electrical / electronic engineering, computer science, computer engineering, biology, neuroscience,related fields
Strong physics, mathematical,engineering background; training in biology, neuroscience, and/or cognitive sciences is also sought
Experience in the analysissimulation of analog, digital, and/or mixed-signal circuits, including SPICErelated simulation tools, is helpful
Experience with artificial neural networksmachine learning; some exposure to algorithmic concepts, computational complexity theory,information theory will be helpful
Previous experience with analog, non-volatile memoriesother emerging device technologies is a plus

Please feel free to apply for the position evenyou do not have all the required skillsknowledge. We may be able to teach you some of the missing skills!

Our Offer:

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, interdisciplinary,international research environment with state-of-the-art experimental equipment
Opportunity to collaborate with a diverseskilledof colleagues in the field of neuromorphicbrain-inspired computing in order to grow as a youngcurious researcher
Flexible working hours30 days of annual leave
A structured doctoral degree programme for youyour supervisors with comprehensive further trainingnetworking in our doctoral researchers’ platform JuDocs (
Targeted services for international employees, e.g. through our International Advisory Service

The position is initially for a fixed term of three years, with possible long-term prospects. Pay will be in line with 75% of pay group 13 of the Collective Agreement for the Public Service (TVöD-Bund)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:

Forschungszentrum Jülich promotes equal opportunitiesdiversity in its employment relations.
We also welcome applicationsdisabled persons.
The job will be advertised until the position has been successfully filled. You should therefore submit your application as soon as possible. We look forward to receiving your application via our Online Recruitment System!
Questions about the vacancy?
Get in touch with us by using our contact form. Please note that for technical reasons we cannot accept applications via email.

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