City:  Dresden
Date:  May 14, 2022

Research Assistant in Mixed-Signal AI Accelerator Design

The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft ( currently operates 76 institutes and research institutions throughout Germany and is the world’s leading applied research organization. Around 30,000 employees work with an annual research budget of 2.9 billion euros. 

AI systems are revolutioning our lives. However, these systems require large data centers or GPUs with vast energy consumption. To develop energy-efficient artificially intelligent systems, we are working on innovative memory technologies which require also revolutionary data handling architectures. Our goal is to reduce large and power-hungry systems in a microchip through suitable circuit design concepts. We intend to integrate these on-chip AI systems with advanced sensors for a range of medical, environmental and industrial applications. 


At Fraunhofer IPMS, we realize world-class AI accelerators using novel non-volatile memory devices in collaboration with renowned German and European partners from science and industry. By merging logic and memory elements, costs and required wafer area can be minimized and, above all, energy efficiency and speed can be maximized. 


What you will do at our institute?

  • Getting to know our infrastructure and our technologies
  • Working together with our team to develop an ASIC platform for flexible AI applications
  • Collaboration with partners from industry and science regarding research projects
  • Development of integrated circuits for an in-memory computing based accelerator platform
  • Focus on appropriate memory-, sensing- and signal conversion methodologies
  • Presenting the results in journal articles and conferences


What should you bring with you?

  • Completed scientific university studies in the field of electrical engineering, physics, computer science or comparable (master's or diploma degree)
  • Deep knowledge of analoge circuit design as well as experience working with simulation and layout tools
  • Interest in developing domain knowledge or expertise and in working on specifications for projects, systems and chips
  • Initial project experience in analog or mixed-signal IC design, experience with e.g. ADC design methodologies


You will be a good fit for us if you also bring the following with you:


  • Basic knowledge in at least one of the following areas is advantageous: deep learning and memory technology beneficial
  • Analytical and structured way of thinking and working combined with strong communication skills and assertiveness
  • Ability to quickly familiarize yourself with new technical-scientific contexts
  • Good written and spoken English as a basis for working in an international team


What you can expect from us?

As a self-motivated team player you can work on future AI applications together with our scientific and industry partners. You will grow with us in an emerging field.  We encourage an inspiring, international working environment made up of trust, creativity, and team spirit. We give you the space you need for autonomous work, in that you assume the project responsibility for your doctoral promotion. We provide you individually-tailored educational training in our commitment to promote both your personal and professional development.


The weekly working time is 39 hours. The position can also be filled on part-time basis. The position is initially limited to 2 years. But, a long-term cooperation is desired.We value and promote the diversity of our employees' skills and therefore welcome all applications - regardless of age, gender, nationality, ethnic and social origin, religion, ideology, disability, sexual orientation and identity. Severely disabled persons are given preference in the event of equal suitability. Appointment, remuneration and social security benefits based on the public-sector collective wage agreement (TVöD). Additionally Fraunhofer may grant performance-based variable remuneration components.

With its focus on developing key technologies that are vital for the future and enabling the commercial utilization of this work by business and industry, Fraunhofer plays a central role in the innovation process. As a pioneer and catalyst for groundbreaking developments and scientific excellence, Fraunhofer helps shape society now and in the future. 

Interested? Apply online now. We look forward to getting to know you!


Human Resources Department I Mrs. Isabell Zwinscher I Phone: +49 (0)351 8823 1227
Specialty Department I Mr. Dr. Thomas Kämpfe I Phone: +49 (0)351 2607 3215

Fraunhofer Institute for Photonic Microsystems IPMS 


Requisition Number: 22182                Application Deadline:


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