Master’s thesis , Thermal Effects in Artificial Neurons

IBM Zurich Research Laboratory
WorkplaceZurich, Zurich region, Switzerland
Master’s thesis

Thermal effects in artificial neurons

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Considering that thermal design constraints are one of the most challenging problems for the microelectronics industry today, it comes as a surprise that so little is known about heat generation and dissipation on the nanoscale. In IBM’s unique Noisefree Labs, which are among the best shielded nanotechnology labs in the world, we develop new methods and tools for measuring temperature and heat transport down to the atomic scale. By evaluating new materials and device concepts from a thermal point of view, we help to identify future technologies for next generation computers and scientific models.

Project description

The local heat generation in nanoscale devices has recently been explored as a means to trigger functionality. Self-heated devices are now the major candidates for future neuromorphic computers, with an anticipated massive reduction in power consumption. However, our understanding of how materials properties, transport physics and device design should come together is still in its infancy. Measuring temperature fields at nanoscale resolution with Scanning Thermal Microscopy can help us explore those open questions and give insight into device working principles.

Your profile

To address this, we are looking for a master’s student with a major in physics, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, materials science, or related field . The candidate will join a motivated team of researchers with different background working in the topical area and be able to access world-class research infrastructure. They will have the opportunity to deal with several aspects of the experimental work, from the sample preparation in the cleanroom, to instrument control and data analysis. The student’s direct supervision will be carried out by Dr. Bernd Gotsmann and they will be co-supervised by PhD candidate Nele Harnack.


IBM is committed to diversity at the workplace. With us you will find an open, multicultural environment. Excellent flexible working arrangements enable all genders to strike the desired balance between their professional development and their personal lives.

How to apply

If you are interested in this position starting early 2024, please submit your curriculum vitae and transcripts through the application link below.


Questions? For more information, please contact Dr. Rainer Mahrt or Dr. Thilo Stöferle .
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In your application, please refer to and reference JobID 2786345.