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3.5 year PhD studentship in the field of neuromorphic engineering. The work will be carried out in the Microelectronics Design Laboratory, under the guidance of Professor Piotr Dudek.

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Tuesday, September 24, 2019
  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

This PhD project will focus on the design of analogue and mixed-mode circuits for implementing computing systems, in particular accelerators for machine learning (deep learning, spiking neural networks, etc.).

The PhD student will be associated with the multi-million pound FORTE project, which is a collaboration between The University of Manchester (Schools of EEE and Computer Science), Imperial College London, and University of Southampton. The FORTE project aims to develop configurable circuits using memristors – novel nanoelectronic devices which promise to revolutionise the design of future computing systems. The student will investigate the methods of mapping computations onto suitable circuit topologies, implementation, and system-level aspects of the design. Of particular interest is the question of exploiting device characteristics, and the variability and stochastic nature of the device operation. The project will involve prototyping custom VLSI integrated circuits, which will be designed using advanced EDA tools for circuit simulation and layout, fabricated using state-of-the-art commercial CMOS fabs, and integrated with novel memristor devices. Complete devices will be tested using our comprehensive set of IC test equipment.

The student will be expected to occasionally travel to project meetings at partner institutions, and to international conferences and training workshops.

Funding Notes

The studentship is fully-funded (covering fees and studentship of £14,777 p.a.) for UK and eligible EU applicants only.


The candidates should have a UK first class honours degree (or equivalent) in electronics, electrical engineering, computer engineering or a similar subject. They should have a strong interest in both hardware circuit design and novel computing architecture, with a motivation to pursue a doctorate in an intellectually challenging field requiring both the originality of thinking as well as developing solid hardware design skills.

Interested applicants should send an up-to-date CV to Professor Piotr Dudek ([email protected]) with a cover letter explaining their interest and suitability for this research. The project can start as soon as possible depending on admissions cycles and the availability of the most suitable candidates.

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