PhD scholarship in Digital Optical Computing Platform for Neural Networks – DTU Electro

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PhD scholarship in Digital Optical Computing Platform for Neural Networks – DTU Electro
Kgs. Lyngby, Denmark

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Job Description

If you want to establish your career as an early-stage researcher and are currently looking for the best possible foundation for your dreams and ambitions, then look no further.
We offer a PhD position with the possibility of establishing your career as a scientist in photonic integrated circuits based optical computing. You will be working at DTU Electro, in the Photonic Integrated Circuit based Systems (PICSys) group. The setting will be the cutting-edge laboratory for advanced optical and digital signal processing and integrated photonics devices, and the access to one of the largest cleanroom facilities in European Universities. You will be working with a group of professionals in optical computing, optical phased arrays, integrated photonics devices, and optical and digital signal processing. You work on a large EU project, collaborating with other five institutions in Europe. You will break new ground at the optical neural networks (ONNs) by harnessing the power of a radically new digitized optical computing architecture. 
The PhD position is fully funded by the European Innovation Council under the Pathfinder program project titled “Digital OpticaL cOmputing platfoRm for nEural networkS (DOLORES)”.
Responsibilities and qualifications
Your overall focus will be to strengthen the department’s competences within the field of optical computing and optical neural networks. You will work closely with colleagues, and with our collaborators in this project, both academic and industrial, across Europe.
Your primary tasks will include:

  • Carry out research and innovation on the integrated digital optical neural networks in the DOLORES project and conduct a proof-of-concept demonstration in a full PCB-scale assembly. You will work closely with our team at DTU electro and our collaborators in the DOLORES project for:
    • Designing and developing relevant silicon photonics integrated circuit (PIC).
    • Taping out the PIC design for foundry service (custom runs at Cornerstone, UK).
    • Collaborating with TNO, the Netherlands, for PIC packaging, PCB and FPGA design.
    • Collaborating with IMEC, Belgium, for integrating multiwavelength light source to the PCB assembly.
    • Collaborating with TU Eindhoven, the Netherlands, for interfacing the photonic IC with the post-processing electronic IC.
    • Conducting system demonstrations in real-world neural network applications such as natural language processing tasks in close collaboration with the University of Copenhagen.
  • Disseminating your research findings in highly ranked peer-reviewed journals and international conference proceedings.
  • Strengthening our international collaboration with academic and industrial partners through your external stay.
  • Following courses on topics related with your project, either at DTU or other institution.
  • Contributing to teaching and supervision tasks at DTU.

Your required qualifications and skills are:

  • Excellent English communication skills both spoken and written. 
  • A master level education in the fields of integrated photonics, optical computing, or optical signal processing.

As an ideal candidate, you should also have one or more competences below:

  • A strong background in optical computing, or optical neural networks.
  • A comprehensive understanding of microelectronics
  • Experience with high-speed PCB and FPGA design, or high-speed transceivers.
  • Experience in simulation, design, and characterization of silicon photonics devices and circuits. Prior experience in a cleanroom environment is a plus.
  • Experience in research dissemination, either publications or presentations.
  • The ability to work independently while effectively collaborating in projects with both academic and industrial partners. 

You must have a two-year master's degree (120 ECTS points) or a similar degree with an academic level equivalent to a two-year master's degree. 
Approval and Enrolment 
The scholarship for the PhD degree is subject to academic approval, and the candidate will be enrolled in one of the general degree programmes at DTU. For information about our enrolment requirements and the general planning of the PhD study programme, please see DTU's rules for the PhD education . 
Assessment
The assessment will be made by Senior Researcher Deming Kong and Senior Researcher Hao Hu.
We offer
DTU is a leading technical university globally recognized for the excellence of its research, education, innovation, and scientific advice. We offer a rewarding and challenging job in an international environment. We strive for academic excellence in an environment characterized by collegial respect and academic freedom tempered by responsibility.
Salary and appointment terms
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 period of employment is 3 years. Starting date is preferably 1 October 2024, but may be mutually agreed.
You can read more about career paths at DTU here .
Further information
Further information may be obtained from Deming Kong ([email protected] ). 
You can read more about DTU Electro at https://electro.dtu.dk/.
If you are applying from abroad, you may find useful information on working in Denmark and at DTU at DTU – Moving to Denmark . Furthermore, you have the option of joining our monthly free seminar “PhD relocation to Denmark and startup “Zoom” seminar ” for all questions regarding the practical matters of moving to Denmark and working as a PhD at DTU. 
Application procedure 
Your complete online application must be submitted no later than 30 June 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:

  • A letter motivating the application (cover letter)
  • Curriculum vitae 
  • Grade transcripts and BSc/MSc diploma (in English) including official description of grading scale.
  • A mandatory research statement discussing your comprehension or achievements in optical computing for neural network applications, including an analysis of the opportunities, challenges, obstacles, etc. You are more than welcome to include your research results and justify how the results could contribute to this research field, if any. Maximum 2 pages.

You may apply prior to ob­tai­ning your master's degree but cannot begin before having received it. 
Applications received after the deadline will not be considered.
All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, race, disability, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.
DTU Electro 
DTU Electro employs more than 300 skilled researchers with competencies in electrical and photonics engineering. As a department we strive towards creating sustainable energy and a greener internet, as well as strengthening cyber security and health technology. Working with the industry and public organizations is one of our top priorities to find and implement new solutions to our society. We aim to offer education, research, and innovation of the highest standard, and our focus on application-oriented research enables us to work across many engineering disciplines and research areas, such as IT and the medical and health sciences. We have a close collaboration with researchers from all over the world, just as we collaborate with industry and public authorities about the dissemination of solutions based on electrical and photonics engineering as their key enabling technologies.
Technology for people
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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Job Info
  • Job Identification 3526
  • Job Category Phd
  • Posting Date 05/22/2024, 07:37 AM
  • Apply Before 06/30/2024, 05:59 PM
  • Locations Ørsteds Plads, Kgs. Lyngby, 2800, DK



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