Open positions

PhD student in Integrated Circuit Design for Deep Neural Network Accelerators

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 has six schools with nearly 11 000 students and a staff of more than 4000, of which 400 are professors. Our main campus is located in the Helsinki metropolitan area, Finland. Diversity is part of who we are, and we actively work to ensure our community’s diversity and inclusiveness in the future as well. This is why we warmly encourage qualified candidates from all backgrounds to join our community.

The Electronic Circuit Design (ECD) unit of the Department of Electronics and Nanoengineering at the School of Electrical Engineering is looking for a
PhD student in Integrated Circuit Design for Deep Neural Network Accelerators

“Designing the next generation of custom integrated circuits accelerating deep neural networks, for smarter and more energy-efficient electronic systems”

What you will do
We all witness the rapid developments of applications such as face or object recognition, powered by the latest developments in artificial intelligence, powered by deep neural networks in particular. Yet, a massive challenge is to embed these applications onto our portable devices, as they do not have large computing resources available. One way forward is the design of dedicated hardware accelerators, aimed to run these algorithms with accuracy and energy efficiency. We are looking for a new doctoral student to tackle this challenge in the context of an industrial collaboration.

In this fully funded 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, in a team at the interface between artificial intelligence algorithms and circuit design. You will work in a multidisciplinary network, in close collaboration with other students, 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 AI algorithms. You will apply them in a project involving the main industrial partners.

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 into our international and supportive research team and have guidance from both algorithm and circuit perspectives. You will be in contact with our vast network of academic and industrial partners.

Competitive salary and contract terms. The starting salary for a PhD student is approximately 2500€/month and salary will increase with responsibilities and performance over time. You are expected to complete doctoral research and studies within four years in the Doctoral Programme in Electrical Engineering of Aalto University. As an employer, Aalto University provides excellent learning and development opportunities as well as occupational health care services, commuter ticket benefit and versatile exercise services by Unisport. Finland has a comprehensive social security system.

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. Specifically, experience with the Cadence software suite is a strong asset, as well as interests in analog and/or mixed-signal design.    

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 Assistant Professor Martin Andraud, martin.andraud(a) In recruitment process relating questions, please contact HR Coordinator, annika.salmelin(at)

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)
•    Possible References (names of referees or recommendation letters)

The call is open until March 15, 2021, but we will start reviewing and interviewing candidates immediately.

More about Aalto University:

Aalto University has been awarded with HR Excellence in Research quality label in European Commission, guaranteeing that we adhere to top quality HR practices in both recruitment and employment relations.

  • Published:
  • Updated:
URL copied!