PostDoc in Machine Learning for Integrated Circuit design flow

PostDoc in Machine Learning for Integrated Circuit design flow

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1 May 18 Jun Eindhoven

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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.


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.


  • Postdoc
  • Engineering
  • max. 38 hours per week
  • Doctorate
  • V36.6604


Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e)

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