Professor in Computer Engineering & Hardware Design - DTU Compute

Updated: 5 months ago

Are you our next Full Professor in the Embedded Systems Engineering section at DTU Compute? 

You possess expertise in one or more areas within the broad domains of computer architecture, computer systems, or chip design. You could have insights in, among others, System-on-Chip (SoC) and chiplet designs, with an emphasis on energy-efficient processors; hardware-software co-design to enhance machine learning performance; novel chip design strategies prioritizing efficiency and cost; verification of digital designs; advancements in electronic design automation (EDA), especially for AI hardware; optimization techniques for high-performance multicore processors; innovative hardware solutions targeting cybersecurity resilience; leveraging AI and cloud technologies in EDA; edge computing and edge AI architectures; and cutting-edge method and tools for embedded systems that balance performance, power, cost, and reliability. 

Your research at DTU will be jump-started with financial backing from our section’s budget. We offer you the possibility to employ one postdoc or assistant professor to support your research. We value intellectual freedom, offering you full research autonomy. We understand the value of balance—we ensure a reasonable teaching load, providing ample time for your research (at least 50%). Our environment is designed to foster your professional growth, allowing you to delve into research topics that resonate with your interests, while significantly contributing to the technological frontier.

Responsibilities and qualifications
As the upcoming Professor in Computer Engineering and Hardware Design you will be expected to play a foundational role in both advancing the field and guiding the future of our expanding ESE section. As we anticipate the recruitment of 10 new faculty members in the upcoming five years, this position stands as a unique opportunity for you to influence the direction of research, shape the curriculum, and impact the recruitment strategy for our team. Essential to this role is your drive to support and shape the recently initiated Computer Engineering BSc program and make contributions to our MSc program in Computer Science and Engineering. The successful candidate must have a proven ability to teach and advise students. 

As our new professor you must strengthen research and innovation efforts within the research field at the department by generating new research projects that involve other staff members. Research activities are also expected to be conducted in cooperation with relevant sections at the DTU Compute department, and more broadly at DTU, as well as nationally and internationally. Hence, as a successful candidate you can demonstrate a solid track record of participating in international research activities, and in attracting and managing research projects, also in close collaboration with industry. 

You also have strong international collaborations with leading research groups in the relevant fields. Furthermore, the professor is expected to develop strong ties to relevant industrial partners to foster innovations within the field of research. 

We are looking for a candidate who has a strong, proven track record in research and education on an international level within the broad areas of computer architecture, computer systems, and chip design, such as: 

  • Novel Approaches for Chip Design; Advanced System-on-Chip (SoC) and Chiplet Designs 
  • Hardware-Software Co-design for Machine Learning Applications
  • Verification of digital designs 
  • Electronic Design Automation (EDA) for AI Hardware; AI and Cloud-Enhanced EDA 
  • High-Performance Multicore Processor Designs 
  • Hardware Architectures and Design for Cybersecurity  
  • Edge Computing Architectures 
  • Design Methods for Embedded Systems 

You must be enthusiastic about teaching and interacting with students and have successful experience in teaching and supervising students in one or more of the disciplines covered by the section. 

You should have experience working with research groups and project managers. Furthermore, they should believe in dialogue and feedback as the basis for sound decision-making. 

Candidates for the professorship must demonstrate remarkable achievements in terms of: 

  • A high international level of research production, which has contributed to the advancement of the research field.
  • Documented and successful teaching at all university levels. 
  • A proven track record in attracting funding and managing research projects. 
  • Demonstrate a strong international network. 
  • Be creative, innovative, driven by scientific curiosity, and eager to collaborate with students, colleagues, and external partners. 
  • Have good communication skills in English, both written and spoken. 

Furthermore, the successful candidate is highly self-motivated and ready to take on new and challenging tasks. You are dedicated to developing talent and motivated to contribute to a dynamic environment where research and education at the highest international level are cornerstones. 

You are expected to take a lead role in teaching at the BEng, BSc, MSc and PhD levels.

DTU employs two working languages: Danish and English. You are expected to be fluent in at least one of these languages, and in time are expected to master both.

The following qualifications are a plus: 

  • Demonstrated ability to attract funding 
  • Demonstrated ability to teach a variety of courses both undergraduate and graduate 
  • Strong publication record and impact in top venues 
  • Experience in collaborating with companies and/or inter-disciplinary research 
  • Real-world expertise with hardware design, e.g., related to embedded systems engineering, chip design,or FPGA-based development

And finally, we earnestly hope that you will infuse diversity and fresh perspectives into our section's daily interactions and future research trajectories, enriching our collective insight and fostering an inclusive, innovative environment.

You will be assessed against the responsibilities and qualifications stated above and the following general criteria:

  • Documented experience and quality of teaching and curriculum development
  • Research impact and experience, funding track record and research vision
  • International impact and experience 
  • Societal impact
  • Innovativeness, including commercialization and collaboration with industry
  • Leadership, collaboration, and interdisciplinary skills
  • Communication skills

Salary and terms of employment
The appointment will be based on the collective agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will be agreed upon with the relevant union. 

The starting date is according to mutual agreement, with a preferred date in the summer of 2024. The position is a full-time position at the DTU campus in Kongens Lyngby, north of Copenhagen.

Further information 
Further information may be obtained from Prof Martin Schoeberl  or Prof. Paul Pop , Embedded Systems Engineering section  at DTU Compute . You can read more here  about working in our section, at DTU and in Denmark.

If you are applying from abroad, you may find useful information on working in Denmark and at DTU at DTU – Moving to Denmark . 

Application procedure
Your complete online application must be submitted by 14 January 2024 (23:59 Danish time). Applications must be submitted as one PDF file containing all materials to be given consideration. To apply, please open the link "Apply now", fill out the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in one PDF file. The file must include:

  • Application (cover letter) addressed to the President
  • Vision for teaching and research 
  • CV including employment history, list of publications indicating scientific highlights, H-index and ORCID (see )
  • Teaching portfolio  including documentation of teaching experience
  • Academic Diplomas (MSc/PhD)
  • Example grant proposals you have written (title, abstract, funding agency, amount) 

You can learn more about the recruitment process here .

Applications received after the deadline will not be considered. All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, disability, race, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.

Embedded Systems Engineering (ESE) is one of the 10 research section of DTU Compute. Our mission encompasses the creation of insights that allow the development of context-aware, distributed, and embedded cyber-physical systems, with a particular focus on Internet-of-Things (IoT) and the computing continuum eras. Our vision is to pioneer advancements in high-tech distributed and embedded systems technology, driving change, and contributing positively to society. We strive for a future where our research and innovations form the cornerstone of technological advancements, and we're excited to include more brilliant minds in our journey. See our  publications and  projects   here . 

DTU Compute is an internationally unique academic environment spanning the science disciplines mathematics, statistics, computer science, and engineering. We conduct research of high international standard that is at the forefront with the development of new knowledge and technology-based solutions to the societal challenges of the digital society where communication technologies are a part of every industry, service, and human endeavor.

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DTU develops technology for people. With our international elite research and study programmes, we are helping to create a better world and to solve the global challenges formulated in the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Hans Christian Ørsted founded DTU in 1829 with a clear mission to develop and create value using science and engineering to benefit society. That mission lives on today. DTU has 13,500 students and 6,000 employees. We work in an international atmosphere and have an inclusive, evolving, and informal working environment. DTU has campuses in all parts of Denmark and in Greenland, and we collaborate with the best universities around the world.

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