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Research Fellow (computer science, electrical engineering)

 Technische Universität Dresden  Dresden
At TU Dresden the Cluster of Excellence ‘Center for Advancing Electronics Dresden’ (cfaed) offers a fixed-term position as
Research Fellow
(Subject to personal qualification employees are remunerated according to salary group E 13 TV-L)
Research area:
Reconfigurable approximate computing systems
cfaed Investigators:
Prof. Dr. Akash Kumar
cfaed research path:
Highly adaptive energy-efficient computing (HAEC), Resilience Path, Orchestration Path
starting date 01.10.2015, fixed-term until 31.10.2017. Subject to the continued third-party funding of the cluster after 2017, the extension of the contract may be possible.
The period of employment is governed by § 2 Fixed Term Research Contracts Act (Wissenschaftszeitvertragsgesetz – WissZeitVG). The position offers the chance to obtain further academic qualification (e.g. PhD). Balancing family and career is an important issue. The post is basically suitable for candidates seeking part-time employment.
Position and Requirements
We are in the process of starting a new Chair of Processor Design with the long-term vision of shaping the way future electronic systems are to be designed and programmed. Reliability of systems has been decreasing with shrinking transistor geometries and aggressive voltage scaling. This reduced reliability often causes the computed results to be inaccurate. As a result, many attempts are being made to perform reliable computations on such unreliable hardware. In this project we will develop system architectures that are able to reduce the energy consumption by a few orders of magnitude, albeit with slight loss in accuracy.
The successful candidate will: develop novel techniques for designing approximate components; identify mechanisms for reconfiguring the approximate components; prototype these components on FPGA; demonstrate the use of these components in a multimedia application.
We aim at attracting the best talent in the respective research fields and expect the following: an outstanding university degree (master or equivalent) in computer science, electrical engineering or a related field; previous experience in the field of multiprocessor embedded systems; good programming skills (especially on scripting, assembly-level and C languages) as well as good hardware-design skills (especially using VHDL/Verilog and component-based design) are important; experience in using FPGAs for design will provide an added advantage; very good interpersonal and communication skills; in particular, the ability to effectively work in collaborative research efforts; an independent, target- and solution-driven work attitude; inter- and multidisciplinary thinking; strong motivation and interest to join one of the most ambitious interdisciplinary research clusters; fluency in English - written and oral.
What we offer
You will join a team of enthusiastic scientists who pursue creatively their individual research agenda inspired by the cluster’s innovative approach and support. Your PhD-research will be fostered by the cfaed philosophy to promote young researchers which includes: access to state of the art research of leading academic institutes; individual supervision by a Thesis Advisory Committee; possibility to earn (seed) grants of up to € 10.000; promotion of gender equality and family-friendly work environment.
Informal enquiries can be submitted to Prof. Dr. Akash Kumar, Email:
Applications from women are particularly welcome. The same applies to people with disabilities.
Application Procedure
Your application (in English only) should include: 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.
Complete applications should be submitted preferably by e-mail as one single pdf document quoting the reference number PhD1506_Z-PD in the subject header to (Please note: We are currently not able to receive electronically signed and encrypted data) or alternatively by post to: TU Dresden, cfaed, Frau Dr. P. Grünberg, 01062 Dresden, Germany. The closing date for applications is 28.07.2015 (stamped arrival date of the university central mail service applies). Please submit copies only, as your application will not be returned to you. Expenses incurred in attending interviews cannot be reimbursed.
About cfaed
cfaed is a cluster of excellence within the German Excellence Initiative. It brings together 300 researchers from TU Dresden and 10 other research institutions in the areas of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Materials Science, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, and Mathematics. cfaed addresses the advancement of electronic information processing systems through exploring new technologies which overcome the limits of today’s predominant CMOS technology.
cfaed has initiated to create five new Professorships at TU Dresden to further strengthen cfaed’s research areas. These strategic positions are being filled with distinguished scientists to enhance the Cluster’s research output and increase its international reputation. The Chair of Processor Design is one of these new positions and will contribute to the Organic/Polymer Path.
About TU Dresden
The TU Dresden is among the top universities in Germany and Europe and one of the eleven German universities that were identified as an ‘elite university’ in June 2012. As a modern full-status university with 14 departments it offers a wide academic range making it one of a very few in Germany.
How to apply:
E-Mail or Mail
Send application to or TU Dresden, cfaed, Frau Dr. P. Grünberg, 01062 Dresden, Germany.
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