The Chair of Embedded Systems at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology is looking for three

research associates (m,f,x) for 3 years with 39,83 hours per week, TV-L E13

We are an international team engaged in teaching and research on approximate computing, reconfigurable accelerators for machine learning applications, design automation for emerging technologies, reliability, and fault tolerance of (multi-) processor and embedded systems. In particular, we investigate the dynamic reconfiguration of systems for energy efficiency.

Advancements in micro- and nanoelectronics, driven by 'Moore's Law', have led to smaller components, resulting in faster computing speeds, lower power usage, and reduced costs. However, the development of these smaller technologies comes with significant investment and development costs, offsetting traditional cost benefits. To address this challenge, 'Beyond-Moore' innovations have emerged, offering new electronic components like Reconfigurable Field-Effect Transistors (RFETs). RFETs can exhibit both n-FET and p-FET behaviors, providing flexibility for chip design in digital, signal processing, neural network, and low-temperature applications. Additionally, RFETs enhance hardware security, making them valuable for protecting integrated circuits against threats like IP piracy and reverse engineering. Integrating RFETs with CMOS technology presents an attractive solution, offering multiple security benefits such as safeguarding against side-channel attacks. By focusing on integrating RFETs into the synthesis flow of integrated circuits, we aim to provide low-overhead protection against various threats in the IC manufacturing process.

extent: full-time
duration: temporary
beginning: as soon as possible
application deadline: 17.06.2024

The successful candidate will:

  • review of current literature on the topic of reconfigurable transistors, especially planar RFETs and 2-D materials, as well as on technology mapping algorithms and candidate selection in the ASIC synthesis process
  • develop new theoretical knowledge with the aim of expanding technology mapping skills to optimally exploit the characteristics of reconfigurable transistors
  • develop new findings in determining the properties of reconfigurable circuits using formal methods
  • develop a comprehensive approach for the structured and automatic construction and evaluate circuit libraries
  • develop automated procedures for quality assurance of reconfigurable circuits in comparison with conventional circuits
  • propose RFET-based secure cells and methodologies against IP piracy and reverse engineering
  • propose RFET-based side-channel resilient methodologies to counter power side channel attacks
  • publish the works in international conferences and journals

We aim at attracting the best talent in the respective research fields and expect the following:

  • an outstanding university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in computer science or electrical engineering
  • strong background in VLSI
  • good knowledge of EDA flow (standard cell libraries)
  • good understanding of graph analysis
  • familiarity with hardware security concepts
  • familiarity with machine learning concepts
  • familiarity with SPICE simulation
  • good programming skills
  • very good interpersonal and communication skills; in particular, the ability to effectively work in collaborative research efforts
  • fluency in English – written and oral

Our offerings:

  • challenging and varied tasks with a high degree of personal responsibility
  • a qualified induction programme
  • support from and cooperation with competent colleagues
  • team-orientated cooperation in a committed, international and appreciative team
  • You will join a team of enthusiastic researchers who pursue creatively their individual research agenda.

Additional information:

At the request of the applicant (m,f,x), the staff council may be involved in selection interviews.

If the position is funded by third-party funds the employee has no teaching obligation.

German language courses are offered by the University Language Center (ZfA) in the field of German as a Foreign Language (DaF).

You can find information about TVL at:

The Ruhr-Universität Bochum is one of Germany’s leading research universities, addressing the whole range of academic disciplines. A highly dynamic setting enables researchers and students to work across the traditional boundaries of academic subjects and faculties. To create knowledge networks within and beyond the university is RUB’s declared aim.

The Ruhr-Universität Bochum stands for diversity and equal opportunities. For this reason, we favour a working environment composed of heterogeneous teams, and seek to promote the careers of individuals who are underrepresented in our respective professional areas. The Ruhr-Universität Bochum expressly requests job applications from women. In areas in which they are underrepresented they will be given preference in the case of equivalent qualifications with male candidates. Applications from individuals with disabilities are most welcome.

Contact details for your application:

Prof. Dr. Akash Kumar,

Travel expenses for interviews cannot be refunded.

For information on the collection of personal data in the application process see:

Please submit your comprehensive application (in English only) including the following: motivation letter, CV, copy of degree certificate, transcript of grades (i.e. the official list of coursework including your grades) and proof of English language skills.

We are looking forward to receiving your application with the specification ANR: 3367 until 17/06/2024, send by e-mail to the following address:

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