Postdoc VLSI Design by abutment for a monolithic 3D Integrated Technology

WorkplaceStockholm, Södermanland, Sweden

School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at KTH

Job description

In collaboration with IMEC, KIT, LIRMM, and EPFL, KTH is developing a design flow for implementing digital designs in an innovative and challenging monolithic 3D integration technology. Over the years, KTH has developed a Lego-inspired design framework to enable composition by abutment to create timing and DRC clean designs. The postdoc will adopt composition by abutment to implement elementary to complex micro-architectural blocks in terms of atomic bit-slices and interconnect elements. The design and its cost model should be composable and able to predict latency and power consumption accurately. The developed design method will be manual initially but amenable to automation later in the project.

What we offer

  • A position at a leading technical university ranked 23rd worldwide, that generates knowledge and skills for a sustainable future
  • A challenging research project in close collaboration with top-ranked Research institutes and Universities
  • A highly competent and international group with innovation and a high-impact research track record: high-level synthesis, Networks on chip, Clocking, and Lego-inspired design framework called SiLago.
  • Swedish academia offers one of the best working conditions for young researchers.
  • Work in Stockholm, in close proximity to nature
  • Help to relocate and be settled in Sweden and at KTH

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  • A doctoral degree or an equivalent foreign degree. This eligibility requirement must be met no later than the time the employment decision is made. The degree should be in VSLI design, CMOS, physical design, and design automation.
  • A deep understanding of modern CMOS technology, manufacturing, TCAD, and technology design rules.     
  • The candidate is expected to have played a critical role in a tapeout of a design in some technology node like 22 nm or below.   
  • Strong experience using commercial EDA tools, especially back end, full-custom, SPICE modelling, HDL-AMS.
  • Good communication and presentation skills, command over oral and written English.
  • Team player, self-driven, and creative.

Preferred qualifications

  • A doctoral degree or an equivalent foreign degree, obtained within the last three years prior to the application deadline.
  • Strong background in the use of modern AI/ML techniques for backend EDA challenges is highly desirable.
  • Awareness of diversity and equal opportunity issues, with a specific focus on gender equality.
  • Ability to teach under-graduate courses in digital design, ASIC Design and HDL.
  • Strong publication record.

Great emphasis will be placed on personal skills.

Trade union representatives

You will find contact information to trade union representatives at KTH’s webbpage .

To apply for the position

Log into KTH’s recruitment system in order to apply for this position. You are the main responsible to ensure that your application is complete according to the ad.

  • CV including relevant professional experience and knowledge.
  • Copy of diplomas and grades from your previous university studies. Translations into English or Swedish if the original documents have not been issued in any of these languages.
  • Brief account of why you want to conduct research, your academic interests and how they relate to your previous studies and future goals. Max two pages long.

Your complete application must be received at KTH no later than the last day of application, midnight CET/CEST (Central European Time/Central European Summer Time).

About the employment

The position offered is for, at the most, two years.

A position as a postdoctoral fellow is a time-limited qualified appointment focusing mainly on research, intended as a first career step after a dissertation.


Striving towards gender equality, diversity and equal conditions is both a question of quality for KTH and a given part of our values.

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About KTH

KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm has grown to become one of Europe’s leading technical and engineering universities, as well as a key centre of intellectual talent and innovation. We are Sweden’s largest technical research and learning institution and home to students, researchers and faculty from around the world. Our research and education covers a wide area including natural sciences and all branches of engineering, as well as architecture, industrial management, urban planning, history and philosophy. Read more here

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Ahmed Hemani

Tysse Norlindh Falk
In your application, please refer to and reference JobID 2890217.