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Tech­ni­sche Uni­ver­si­tät Dres­den - Faculty of Com­pu­ter Sci­ence, Insti­tute of Com­pu­ter Engi­nee­ring, Chair of Pro­ces­sor Design

The TU Dres­den is one of ele­ven Ger­man uni­ver­si­ties that were iden­ti­fied as an “excel­lence uni­ver­sity”. TUD has about 36.500 stu­dents and almost 5319 employees, 507 pro­fes­sors among them, and, thus, is the lar­gest uni­ver­sity in Sax­ony, today.

Having been com­mit­ted to sci­en­ces and the engi­nee­ring before the reuni­fi­ca­tion of Ger­many, TU Dres­den now is a multi-disci­pline uni­ver­sity, also offe­ring huma­nities and social sci­en­ces as well as medi­cine.

2 Rese­arch Asso­cia­tes / PhD Stu­dents

(sub­ject to per­so­nal qua­li­fi­ca­tion employees are remu­ne­ra­ted accord­ing to salary group E 13 TV-L)
The posi­ti­ons are star­ting as soon as pos­si­ble, sub­ject to the avai­la­bi­lity of resour­ces.

Rese­arch area:
Elec­tro­nic design auto­ma­tion for desi­gning secure cir­cuits
Terms: limi­ted to Febru­ary 29, 2024
The period of employ­ment is gover­ned by the Fixed Term Rese­arch Con­tracts Act (Wis­sen­schafts­zeit­ver­trags­ge­setz – WissZeitVG). The posi­tion offers the chance to obtain fur­ther aca­de­mic qua­li­fi­ca­tion (e.g. PhD).

At the Chair of Pro­ces­sor Design we have the long-term vision of sha­ping the way future elec­tro­nic sys­tems are to be desi­gned.

Today’s socie­ties cri­ti­cally depend on elec­tro­nic sys­tems. Over the last years, the secu­rity of these sys­tems has been at risk by a num­ber of hard­ware-level attacks that cir­cum­vent soft­ware-level secu­rity mecha­nisms. Solu­ti­ons based on clas­si­cal CMOS elec­tro­nics have been shown to be eit­her cost inten­sive due to a high area over­head or energy inef­fi­ci­ent. One pro­mi­sing alter­na­tive against such hard­ware level attacks are secu­rity pri­mi­ti­ves based on emer­ging recon­fi­gura­ble nano­tech­no­lo­gies. Tran­sis­tors based on these dis­rup­tive recon­fi­gura­ble nano­tech­no­lo­gies, ter­med as Recon­fi­gura­ble Field-Effect Tran­sis­tors (RFETs), offer pro­gramm­a­ble p- and n-type beha­vior from a sin­gle device. The run­time-recon­fi­gura­ble nature of these nano-elec­tro­nic devices yields to an inherent poly­mor­phic func­tio­n­a­lity at the logi­cal abs­trac­tion. As a result, cir­cuits made of regu­lar RFET blocks are able to pro­vide a large num­ber of pos­si­ble func­tio­nal com­bi­na­ti­ons based on the appar­ently same cir­cuit rep­re­sen­ta­tion. The manu­fac­tu­rers, the­re­fore, are able to pro­gram the desi­red func­tio­n­a­lity after chip pro­duc­tion. The big dif­fe­rence to stan­dard CMOS elec­tro­nics is, that the actual cir­cuit or func­tion remains hid­den since they can­not be dif­fe­ren­tia­ted from other pos­si­ble com­bi­na­ti­ons by phy­si­cal reverse engi­nee­ring. In this pro­ject, we will design the EDA flow to enable co-inte­gra­tion of CMOS and RFET tran­sis­tors. In par­ti­cu­lar, tools for logic and phy­si­cal syn­the­sis will be deve­lo­ped.

Work­ing field:

  • Get­ting a deep under­stan­ding of RFETs and the over­all EDA flow,
  • Crea­ting a co-inte­gra­tion EDA flow for RFET / CMOS cir­cuits with Gen­lib and Lef libra­ries,
  • Deve­lo­ping logi­cal and phy­si­cal syn­the­sis flow of RFET / CMOS cir­cuits,
  • Desi­gning algo­rithms for opti­mal pla­ce­ment of RFET cells,
  • Publi­shing the works in inter­na­tio­nal con­fe­ren­ces and/or jour­nals.


  • A uni­ver­sity degree in com­pu­ter sci­ence or elec­tri­cal engi­nee­ring,
  • A deep under­stan­ding of the EDA flow from design spe­ci­fi­ca­tion to place and route,
  • Strong back­ground in HDL eit­her Veri­log or VHDL,
  • Under­stan­ding of secu­rity princi­ples will be an added advan­tage,
  • Under­stan­ding of recon­fi­gura­ble cir­cuits will be an added advan­tage,
  • Good com­mu­ni­ca­tion skills,
  • Flu­ency in Eng­lish - writ­ten and oral.

What we of­fer:

You will join a team of enthu­si­astic rese­ar­chers who pur­sue crea­tively their indi­vi­dual rese­arch agenda. Other ongo­ing pro­jects at the Chair of Pro­ces­sor Design can be found at The chair is a part of the “Cen­ter for Advan­cing Elec­tro­nics Dres­den”, which offers ple­nty of resour­ces and struc­tures for career deve­lop­ment.

Infor­mal enqui­ries can be sub­mit­ted to Prof. Dr. Akash Kumar, Tel +49 (351) 463 39274; Email:
App­li­ca­ti­ons from women are par­ti­cu­larly wel­come. The same app­lies to people with disa­bi­li­ties.

About cfaed
The cfaed is a Cen­tral Aca­de­mic Unit which brings tog­e­ther 200 rese­ar­chers from TU Dres­den and ten other rese­arch insti­tu­ti­ons in the areas of Elec­tri­cal and Com­pu­ter Engi­nee­ring, Com­pu­ter Sci­ence, Mate­ri­als Sci­ence, Phy­sics, Che­mi­stry, Bio­logy, and Mathe­ma­tics. The cfaed addres­ses the advan­ce­ment of elec­tro­nic infor­ma­tion pro­ces­sing sys­tems through explo­ring new tech­no­lo­gies which over­come the limits of today’s pre­do­mi­nant CMOS tech­no­logy.

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’ since 2012. As a modern full-sta­tus uni­ver­sity with 17 facul­ties it offers a wide aca­de­mic range making it one of a very few in Ger­many.

How to ap­ply:

Please sub­mit your com­pre­hen­sive app­li­ca­tion (in Eng­lish only) inclu­ding the fol­lo­wing: 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 pre­fer­a­bly via the TU Dres­den Secu­re­Mail Por­tal by sen­ding it as a sin­gle pdf docu­ment quo­ting the refe­rence num­ber PhD21-02-PD in the sub­ject hea­der to or by post to: TU Dres­den, Fakul­tät Infor­ma­tik, Insti­tut für Tech­ni­sche Infor­ma­tik, Pro­fes­sur für Pro­zes­sor­ent­wurf, Prof. Akash Kumar, Helm­holtz­str. 10, 01069 Dres­den, Ger­many. The clo­sing date for app­li­ca­ti­ons is Febru­ary 24, 2021 (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.

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