PostDoc in Machine Learning for Integrated Circuit design flow

Updated: 5 months ago
Deadline: 18 Jun 2023

PostDoc in Machine Learning for Integrated Circuit design flow
PostDoc in Machine Learning for Integrated Circuit design flow
Published Deadline Location
yesterday 18 Jun Eindhoven

Job description
In the last 40 years, the systematic downscaling of CMOS Integrated Circuit (IC) technologies has enabled unprecedented improvements in the transistor density, frequency of operation, energy efficiency and reliability. Most recent CMOS technologies allow the integration of several billions of transistors in a digital microprocessor chip the size of a fingernail. However, the design of ICs in advanced CMOS technology nodes requires heavy verification tests based on simulations to estimate the achieved circuit performance prior manufacturing. As circuit complexity increases, so does the required simulations time and thus the verification costs. Consequently, the development of next generation electronic solutions will require increasing time-to markets as well as significant investments of the semiconductor industry in human-labor resources leading to higher costs and potentially limited availability of consumer electronic solutions.
In this scenario, within the Integrated Circuits (IC) group we are currently investigating new verification approaches and design methodologies based on Machine Learning (ML) models which aim to shorten the simulation time by 10x. However, the data required to train these ML models needs also to be generated by means of circuit simulations. Therefore, smart and efficient training of the models which minimizes the number of datapoints is of paramount important for the success of this research.
This project is done in cooperation with NXP semiconductors, Eindhoven.
Your duties
As a postdoctoral researcher from the Integrated Circuits group, you will mainly focus on the investigation of smart sampling techniques e.g., based on Bayesian optimization to efficiently train the Machine Learning models used in the circuit simulator. During your 1-year employment you will directly conduct the research. Moreover, you will be involved in the supervision of a PhD student and a MSc student working on related topics.
  • max. 38 hours per week
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Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e)

We are looking for a candidate who meets the following requirements:
  • You have a strong background in Machine Learning and Bayesian optimization.
  • Prior knowledge of integrated circuit design is not required but is a plus.
  • You hold a PhD degree in Electrical Engineering, Mathematics or Computer Science.
  • You are a talented and enthusiastic young researcher.
  • You have good programming skills (preferably Python or MATLAB).
  • You have good communication skills and can work in a multidisciplinary team.

You will need to have a good proficiency in spoken and written English; knowledge of Dutch is not required.
Conditions of employment
A meaningful job in a dynamic and ambitious university, in an interdisciplinary setting and within an international network. You will work on a beautiful, green campus within walking distance of the central train station. In addition, we offer you:
  • Full-time employment for … years.
  • Salary in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities, scale 10.
  • A year-end bonus of 8.3% and annual vacation pay of 8%.
  • High-quality training programs on general skills, didactics and topics related to research and valorization.
  • An excellent technical infrastructure, on-campus children's day care and sports facilities.
  • Partially paid parental leave and an allowance for commuting, working from home and internet costs.
  • A TU/e Postdoc Association that helps you to build a stronger and broader academic and personal network, and offers tailored support, training and workshops.
  • A Staff Immigration Team is available for international candidates, as are a tax compensation scheme (the 30% facility) and a compensation for moving expenses.

Additional information
About us
Eindhoven University of Technology is an internationally top-ranking university in the Netherlands that combines scientific curiosity with a hands-on attitude. Our spirit of collaboration translates into an open culture and a top-five position in collaborating with advanced industries. Fundamental knowledge enables us to design solutions for the highly complex problems of today and tomorrow. 
Do you recognize yourself in this profile and would you like to know more?
Please contact prof. Eugenio Cantatore, E.Cantatore[at] or Marco Fattori, M.Fattori[at]
Visit our website for more information about the application process or the conditions of employment. You can also contact HRServices.flux[at]
Are you inspired and would like to know more about working at TU/e? Please visit our career page .
We invite you to submit a complete application using the apply-button. The application should include a:
  • a cover letter explaining your motivation and suitability for the position
  • a short list of four selected research outputs.
  • a detailed curriculum vitae                
  • a scientific report in English, written by yourself (e.g. scientific paper)
  • two references (name, affiliation, and contact information)

We look forward to your application and will screen it as soon as we have received it. Screening will continue until the position has been filled.
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