Postdoc position on Nonlinear processing units for CMOS-compatible brain-inspired computing

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University of Twente (UT)

13 Jun 2023
Job Information

University of Twente (UT)
Research Field
Researcher Profile
Recognised Researcher (R2)
Application Deadline
14 Aug 2023 – 21:59 (UTC)
Type of Contract
Job Status
Not Applicable
Hours Per Week
Is the job funded through the EU Research Framework Programme?
Not funded by an EU programme
Is the Job related to staff position within a Research Infrastructure?

Offer Description

This position is part of the Horizon Europe Pathfinder project HYBRAIN ( ), coordinated by the University of Twente and in collaboration with IBM Zürich and the universities of Oxford and Heidelberg. HYBRAIN’s vision is to realize a radically new technology for ultra-fast and energy-efficient edge AI inference based on a world-first, unique, brain-inspired hybrid architecture of integrated photonics and unconventional electronics with collocated memory and processing. As the most stringent latency bottleneck in CNNs arise from the initial convolution layers, we will take advantage of the ultrahigh throughput and low latency of photonic convolutional processors (PCPs). Their output is processed using cascaded analog electronic linear and novel nonlinear classifier layers.

In 2020 we introduced the concept of dopant network processing units (DNPUs, Nature 577, 341-345 (2020). In this postdoc project you will work on the development of efficient (CMOS-based) electronics and machine-learning procedures to be applied in hybrid architectures of DNPU networks, integrated photonics and analog in-memory computing.

Specific Requirements

  • You are a highly motivated and enthusiastic researcher;
  • You have a PhD degree in the field of microelectronics, computer architecture or similar with an affection for machine learning and (solid-state) physics;
  • You are an independent and original thinker with a creative mindset;
  • You are a fast thinker with excellent analytical and communication skills;
  • You have good team spirit and like to work in an internationally oriented environment;
  • You are experienced with Python and Pytorch;
  • You are fluent in English.

Additional Information

  • You will be appointed for a period of maximum 3 years full-time within a very stimulating scientific environment. The university offers a dynamic ecosystem with enthusiastic colleagues.
  • Your salary and associated conditions are in accordance with the collective labour agreement for Dutch universities (CAO-NU);
  • Gross salary between € 3.557,- and €4.670,- per month depending on experience and qualifications;
  • Excellent benefits including a holiday allowance of 8% of the gross annual salary, a year-end bonus of 8.3% and a solid pension scheme;
  • Between 29 and 41 leave days in case of full-time employment;
  • Excellent support for research and facilities for professional and personal development.
  • We encourage a high degree of responsibility and independence, while collaborating with close colleagues, researchers and other university staff.
  • We are also a family-friendly institution that offers parental leave (both paid and unpaid) and career support for partners.

Additional comments

Are you interested in this position? Please send your application via the ‘Apply now’ button below before August 15th, and include:

  • A motivation letter
  • A detailed CV, summarizing your education and previous work experience.

For more information regarding this position, you are welcome to contact Prof. Wilfred G. van der Wiel ([email protected] ).

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Work Location(s)

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Universiteit Twente
Postal Code
Drienerlolaan 5

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Drienerlolaan 5
Postal Code
7522 NB


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