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Post-Moore Microelectronics/VLSI Co-Design Postdoctoral Scholar
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in Berkeley, California
Date Posted 11/05/2021
Admin-Other Administrative Positions
Employment Type
Application Deadline Open until filled

Berkeley Lab’s Applied math and Computational Sciences Division has an opening for a Postdoctoral Scholar to evaluate and develop devices to hardware/circuit co-design flow for architectural specializations for high performance computing and edge computing applications.


In the absence of Moore’s Law Scaling, the Department of Energy (DOE) must investigate alternative paths to continuing computing performance improvements for scientific applications through architectural specialization. The successful candidate will contribute to the development and evaluation of novel heterogeneous device-based circuit design for extreme heterogeneous SoC (System on Chip) designs, and evaluate their merit for emerging computational workloads for the purpose of maximizing performance and energy efficiency. This work will have a broad impact on high performance and other larger-scale computing for critical applications for society and science. 


The successful applicant will need to have expertise with computer architecture and processor design and from the ground up, and have skills in Spice analog/digital circuit design, Verilog and use of CAD/EDA tools. It is desirable if the applicant has familiarity with higher-level hardware design languages such as CHISEL, PyMTL or other HDLs that target an FIRRTL intermediate representation. It is also beneficial if the candidate has experience with full tape-out experience of ASICs. Using those skills, the successful candidate will design post-Moore devices-based compute, memory, or data transfer blocks for key application kernels to demonstrate the merit of this approach. This position will also make key intellectual contributions and consequently publish papers to the emerging field of extreme heterogeneous computing and domain-specific specializations.


What You Will Do:

  • Design circuits, hardware accelerators and processor architectures using post-Moore devices to accelerate key HPC applications and application kernels.
  • Develop compact models and methodologies to use these circuits for performance and energy characterizations which can be used in architectural simulation framework for tightly integrating these accelerators into heterogeneous systems and SoCs that may contain multiple different kinds of accelerator devices.
  • Identify opportunities and challenges for devices to architectural design space exploration for several post-Moore devices to address those bottlenecks and develop circuit design models to determine the performance potential for those solutions.
  • Develop metrics and benchmark tests in order to compare conventional CMOS based processors/accelerators and enhanced post-Moore devices based computational accelerators for key HPC applications and algorithms. 


What is Required:

  • PhD or equivalent in a Computing Science or Computer Engineering related scientific discipline.
  • Past experience in either Machine learning accelerators or SRAM array design or basic blocks of processor at transistor level.
  • Courses or experience in CAD for VLSI algorithms and C++ Programming.
  • Proficient in Spice Circuit Simulations, Verilog and hardware design in CMOS, FeFET, NCFET etc.
  • Familiarity with hardware EDA/CAD tools and evaluation/modeling tools in order to extend existing infrastructure to rapidly evaluate CMOS designs.
  • Demonstrated creativity, initiative and ability to design, develop and implement complex solutions in consultation with designated technical expert(s) and/or supervisor.
  • Experience and track-record writing technical papers and reports.
  • Experience with the use of script languages and system utilities such as configure, Perl, UNIX shell scripts, and “make.”
  • Proven record of working effectively in a team, seeing projects through to completion, meeting deadlines, interacting with users, and thorough documentation of contributions.
  • Willingness to learn and develop skills in new topics.


Desired Qualifications:

  • Previous experience and publications in Processing-In-Memory and Logic-in-Memory architectures is highly desirable.
  • Experience with coding in C++/python for CAD tool development for ASIC design.
  • Experience with higher-level hardware design languages (HDLs) such as CHISEL, PyMTL, or others.
  • Experience with FPGA design flows would also be beneficial.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead technical efforts with teams of people will also be beneficial.



  • This is a full-time 3 year, postdoctoral appointment with the possibility of renewal based upon satisfactory job performance, continuing availability of funds and ongoing operational needs. You must have less than 2 years of paid postdoctoral experience. Salary for Postdoctoral positions depends on years of experience post-degree.
  • This position is represented by a union for collective bargaining purposes.
  • Salary will be predetermined based on postdoctoral step rates.
  • This position may be subject to a background check. Any convictions will be evaluated to determine if they directly relate to the responsibilities and requirements of the position. Having a conviction history will not automatically disqualify an applicant from being considered for employment.
  • Work will be primarily performed at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, 1 Cyclotron Road, Berkeley, CA.


Based on University of California Policy - SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program and U.S Federal Government requirements, Berkeley Lab requires that all members of our community obtain the COVID-19 vaccine as soon as they are eligible. As a condition of employment at Berkeley Lab, all Covered Individuals must Participate in the COVID-19 Vaccination Program by providing proof of Full Vaccination or submitting a request for Exception or Deferral. Visit covid.lbl.gov for more information.


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