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Doctoral Candidate in Integrated Circuit Design for Artificial Intelligence

Aalto University is a community of bold thinkers where science and art meet technology and business. We are committed to identifying and solving grand societal challenges and building an innovative future. Aalto University has six schools with nearly 11 000 students and more than 400 professors. Our campus is located in Espoo, Finland.

Doctoral Candidate in Integrated Circuit Design for Artificial Intelligence

“Designing the next generation of integrated circuits, embedding more energy-efficient artificial intelligence in our portable devices”

What you will do
We all witness the rapid developments of connected devices around us, from smartphones to wearables and other wireless sensor networks. This internet-of-things (IoT) intends to make our lives safer, easier or simply more fun. Nevertheless, the next generation of IoT devices will have to embed more intelligence to be really better. This is a massive challenge knowing that these devices do not have large resources available (small batteries, low computing power, etc.). We are looking for a new doctoral student to tackle this challenge.

In this position, you have an opportunity to be involved in world-class research in Integrated Circuit (IC) design applied to artificial intelligence applications. You will contribute to novel design ideas, for the next generation of system-on-chip with embedded artificial intelligence. You will work in a multidisciplinary network, to grow, design and promote your ideas with full-custom ICs. 
What we offer you     
Exciting working topic. You will develop competences at the interface between IC design and artificial intelligence. You will apply them in the IoT area, identified as one of the main targets for industry in the near future.

Supportive working environment. We offer you to the possibility to design ICs in the latest nanometer-scale CMOS technologies, participating in multi-project wafer runs annually and using a state-of-the-art measurement lab. You will integrate an international and supportive research team, with a renowned competence in IC design. You will be in contact with our vast network of academic and industrial partners.

Competitive salary and contract terms. The expected starting salary for a doctoral candidate is approximately 2500€/month and salary will increase with responsibilities and performance over time. The contract includes occupational health benefits and Finland has a comprehensive social security system. Preferable starting time is in the beginning of 2020.

Living environment. The School of Electrical Engineering is located at the Aalto University Otaniemi campus in the Helsinki metropolitan area, Finland. As a living and working environments, Finland consistently ranks high in quality-of-life. For more information about living in Finland please visit our information pages for international staff.    

Who you are
• You have a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering. High average grades as well as excellent grades on courses on electronics are an asset.
• You just obtained your diploma, or you already gained some design experience in industry.
• You are passionate about IC design and/or artificial intelligence and you are willing to work in a multi-disciplinary field.
• You are open-minded for new research, eager to learn more and fit to teamwork.
• You have some hands-on experience or courses taken on IC design and tools (in particular Cadence). Specifically, experience and/or interests in analog or mixed-signal circuits are an asset.  

Who we are
The Electronic Circuit Design (ECD) unit of the Department of Electronics and Nanoengineering at the School of Electrical Engineering has researched RF, analog, and digital integrated circuits already close to thirty years with outstanding outcomes and we have a strong network of collaborators and funding. The ECD unit has three professors (Jussi Ryynänen, Kari Halonen and Martin Andraud), three senior researchers and about 20 doctoral candidates and research assistants.

More information
If you wish to hear more about the position, do not hesitate to contact Martin Andraud, martin.andraud(a) In recruitment process relating questions, please contact HR Coordinator Annika Salmelin, annika.salmelin(a)

Ready to apply?
Please submit your application through our recruiting system by using "Apply now!" link below. Please include the following documents in English:
• Application letter
• Course transcripts of Master’s studies with grades and Certificate of Master’s degree
• Curriculum Vitae (including list of publications if any)
• Brief description of your research interests and what you want to do (0.5 – 1 A4 page)
• Possible References (names of referees or recommendation letters)

The call is open until January 7, 2020, but we will start reviewing and interviewing candidates immediately.

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