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PhD Position in Scalable Parallel Architectures for 5G or 6G wireless systems – ETH Zurich, Aug 2022


The ETH Zurich invites applications for a Ph.D. position candidate with an electrical engineering background, the Digital Circuits and Systems Group, Switzerland – Aug 2022

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General Info

Position: PhD Position
No. of Positions: 1
Research Field: , ,
Deadline to Apply: Expired
Joining Date: ASAP
Contract Period: Subject to Norms
Salary: According to standard norms

Digital Circuits and Systems Group

ETH Zurich, Switzerland


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Qualification Details


  • Recently (less than 3 years) obtained Master degree in electrical engineering, computer engineering, or equivalent (Applicant cannot hold a PhD degree obtained previously).
  • Strong experience in RTL design (working knowledge of SystemVerilog or Verilog).
  • Experience with industrial frond-end EDA flows for VLSI design and implementation (Synopsys/Cadence/Mentor)
  • Experience with C/C++ embedded programming
  • Solid background on signal processing and wireless communications


  • Basic knowledge of advanced communication systems and standards (5G and beyond)
  • Exposure to parallel programming and parallel computer architecture

Soft Skills

  • Good communication and interpersonal skills
  • Willingness to work in a diverse, internationally distributed team.
  • Adaptability and flexibility towards the open-ended problems associated with a research environment.
  • Self-motivation and capability of independent learning

Responsibilities/Job Description

Project background

The Digital Circuits and Systems Group (Prof. L. Benini IIS-Digital) is a research group at the Dept. of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering at ETH Zurich. The group is looking for a talented and motivated individual with a MS in Electrical Engineering willing to pursue a PhD project on design and implementation of highly parallel and flexible open-source multicore architectures for efficient and scalable baseband processing in future 5G and 6G wireless systems.

Job description

We are looking for a talented and highly motivated candidate with an electrical engineering background (MS-EE or MS-EE, possibly with 1-2 years of industry experience) to join our group as a PhD student. The PhD research activities will focus on the design and implementation of open-source (RISC-V based) parallel hardware architecture for baseband processing in 5G and 6G wireless systems, with specific emphasis on scalable computational capabilities and high energy efficiency. The architecture be based on customizable open-source RISC-V cores, interconnects and support infrastructure developed at IIS-Digital ( Performance and efficiency improvements will leverage ISA specialization and application-specific coprocessors.

The main application scenario is the radio access network (RAN) disaggregation of the 5G and 6G protocol stack where softwarization and virtualization of the network components pose significant challenges to the underlying hardware architectures in terms of both computational capabilities and energy efficiency.

How to Apply?

Application Method: Online Application
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Application Procedure

We look forward to receiving your online application with the following documents:

  • CV
  • Motivation letter explaining why you are the best candidate

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We value diversity

In line with our values, ETH Zurich encourages an inclusive culture. We promote equality of opportunity, value diversity and nurture a working and learning environment in which the rights and dignity of all our staff and students are respected. Visit our Equal Opportunities and Diversity website to find out how we ensure a fair and open environment that allows everyone to grow and flourish.

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Contact details

Please note that we exclusively accept applications submitted through our online application portal. Applications via email or postal services will not be considered. Questions regarding the position should be directed to Michele Magno (no applications).

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