PhD/Postdoc position in brain-inspired hardware for continual learning

PhD/Postdoc position in brain-inspired hardware for continual learning

Published Deadline Location
7 Nov 4 Feb Delft
Endow edge devices with long-term robustness by making them able to continually adapt to their environment, following brain-inspired principles.

Job description

While smart devices outline strong promises ranging from productivity gains in industry to smart cities and health-monitoring wearables, one major challenge hinders their deployment: long-term robustness. Once deployed, smart devices are currently unable to autonomously adapt to changes in their environments, new user features, and evolving task requirements. This implies either electronic waste through device replacement, or increased battery drain and maintenance costs for frequent over-the-air device updates.

You will tackle these challenges in this PhD/PostDoc project by endowing smart devices with low-power long-term autonomous adaptation. To do so, you will

  • merge the latest neuroscience and machine-learning research in continual learning,
  • follow a co-design approach to translate your findings into custom silicon,
  • tape out your own digital integrated circuit(s) to demonstrate sub-mW continual-learning edge hardware (mixed-signal is also an option).

You will thus pave the way to new low-footprint adaptive devices, e.g. health monitoring wearables that can adapt online to the user/patient over time..

Specifications

Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)

Requirements

We are looking for an enthusiastic Ph.D. candidate or post-doctoral researcher with a background in electrical engineering, computer architecture, or similar fields, and who is at ease with digital integrated circuit design.

You are genuinely curious about the brain and enjoy learning beyond your comfort zone. Beyond your electrical engineering / computer architecture background, you have a keen interest to expand your expertise in the areas of machine learning and neuroscience (previous exposure in these areas is a plus). While you can take initiative, you are also a team player in order to make the best of interdisciplinary collaborations in a research team.

Doing a PhD at TU Delft requires an MSc degree and English proficiency at a certain level to ensure efficient communication and interaction, participation in English-taught Doctoral Education courses, and proper scientific writing for articles and a final thesis. For more details, see https://www.tudelft.nl/onderwijs/opleidingen/phd/admission. The same English requirements hold for post-doctoral researchers.

You have an outstanding motivation but are unsure whether you meet these requirements (e.g., you have a strong machine learning background, but you can demonstrate that you are a quick learner to ramp up quickly with integrated circuit design)? Unconventional backgrounds are welcome; you are still encouraged to apply (see application procedure hereafter).

Conditions of employment

Fixed-term contract: 4 year for a PhD and 2 year for a Postdoc.

Doctoral candidates will be offered a 4-year period of employment in principle, but in the form of 2 employment contracts. An initial 1,5 year contract with an official go/no go progress assessment within 15 months. Followed by an additional contract for the remaining 2,5 years assuming everything goes well and performance requirements are met.

For the Postdoc the appointment is for a period of 1 year, with the possibility of extension for 2 year, subject to a positive assessment of performance.

Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities. For PhD students salary is increasing from € 2770 per month in the first year to € 3539 in the fourth year. As a PhD candidate you will be enrolled in the TU Delft Graduate School. The TU Delft Graduate School provides an inspiring research environment with an excellent team of supervisors, academic staff and a mentor. The Doctoral Education Programme is aimed at developing your transferable, discipline-related and research skills.

Salary for a Postdoc is € 3.226,00 - € 5.090,00 month gross (scale 10) .

The TU Delft offers a customisable compensation package, discounts on health insurance, and a monthly work costs contribution. Flexible work schedules can be arranged.

For international applicants, TU Delft has the Coming to Delft Service. This service provides information for new international employees to help you prepare the relocation and to settle in the Netherlands. The Coming to Delft Service offers a Dual Career Programme for partners and they organise events to expand your (social) network.

Employer

Delft University of Technology

Delft University of Technology is built on strong foundations. As creators of the world-famous Dutch waterworks and pioneers in biotech, TU Delft is a top international university combining science, engineering and design. It delivers world class results in education, research and innovation to address challenges in the areas of energy, climate, mobility, health and digital society. For generations, our engineers have proven to be entrepreneurial problem-solvers, both in business and in a social context.

At TU Delft we embrace diversity as one of our core values and we actively engage to be a university where you feel at home and can flourish. We value different perspectives and qualities. We believe this makes our work more innovative, the TU Delft community more vibrant and the world more just. Together, we imagine, invent and create solutions using technology to have a positive impact on a global scale. That is why we invite you to apply. Your application will receive fair consideration.

Challenge. Change. Impact!

Department

Faculty Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science

The Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science (EEMCS) brings together three scientific disciplines. Combined, they reinforce each other and are the driving force behind the technology we all use in our daily lives. Technology such as the electricity grid, which our faculty is helping to make completely sustainable and future-proof. At the same time, we are developing the chips and sensors of the future, whilst also setting the foundations for the software technologies to run on this new generation of equipment – which of course includes AI. Meanwhile we are pushing the limits of applied mathematics, for example mapping out disease processes using single cell data, and using mathematics to simulate gigantic ash plumes after a volcanic eruption. In other words: there is plenty of room at the faculty for ground-breaking research. We educate innovative engineers and have excellent labs and facilities that underline our strong international position. In total, more than 1000 employees and 4,000 students work and study in this innovative environment.

Click here to go to the website of the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science.

Additional information

For more information about this vacancy, please contact Dr. Charlotte Frenkel (c.frenkel@tudelft.nl).     

The position is open until filled. Applications will be reviewed on a monthly basis. Early application is encouraged.

Specifications

  • PhD
  • Engineering
  • 36—40 hours per week
  • University graduate
  • TUD04627

Employer

Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)

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Are you interested in this vacancy?  Please apply via the application button and upload:

  • a cover letter stating your background, motivation, and fit for the position (max. 1 page);
  • a detailed curriculum vitae (incl. a list of publications, if any);
  • the name, affiliation, and e-mail address of two references, incl. the MSc thesis supervisor(s), who are ready to submit a support letter upon request;
  • transcripts for your BSc and MSc;
  • a short summary of your MSc thesis (max. 1 page).

The position is open until filled. Applications will be reviewed on a monthly basis.

  • A pre-employment screening can be part of the selection procedure.
  • You can apply online. We will not process applications sent by email and/or post.
  • Please do not contact us for unsolicited services.

Application procedure

Application procedure

Are you interested in this vacancy?  Please apply via the application button and upload:

  • a cover letter stating your background, motivation, and fit for the position (max. 1 page);
  • a detailed curriculum vitae (incl. a list of publications, if any);
  • the name, affiliation, and e-mail address of two references, incl. the MSc thesis supervisor(s), who are ready to submit a support letter upon request;
  • transcripts for your BSc and MSc;
  • a short summary of your MSc thesis (max. 1 page).

The position is open until filled. Applications will be reviewed on a monthly basis.

  • A pre-employment screening can be part of the selection procedure.
  • You can apply online. We will not process applications sent by email and/or post.
  • Please do not contact us for unsolicited services.

Make sure to apply no later than 4 Feb 2024 23:59 (Europe/Amsterdam).