UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHAMPTON

PhD Studentship, AI Hardware Accelerators

Location
Southampton, United Kingdom
Salary
£15,609 tax-free per annum for up to 3.5 years
Posted
Friday, 14 May 2021
End of advertisement period
Tuesday, 31 August 2021
Ref
1374821PN
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Hours
Full Time

Centre for Electronics Frontiers

Location:  Highfield Campus
Closing Date:  Tuesday 31 August 2021
Reference:  1374821PN

Supervisory Team:    Alexander Serb, Themistoklis Prodromakis, Wendy Hall

Project description

The aim of this PhD studentship is to develop ultra-low power AI hardware accelerators that can be used for delivering advanced computing capabilities at the edge. Opportunities exist for working collaboratively with world-leading industry for benchmarking such systems in practical applications. The project covers a wide spectrum of experimental research, including mixed-signal IC and/or embedded design, machine learning and neuromorphic engineering. These novel AI hardware accelerators can be used in a variety of applications ranging from IoT, robotics, autonomous vehicles, biomedical devices and data centres. The PhD student will have the opportunity to join a multi-disciplinary team and to be trained and work in the world-class facilities of the Zepler Institute for Photonics and Nanoelectronics.

We welcome applications from candidates with a background in electronics, machine learning, maths and neuromorphic engineering. Prior experience with circuit design, programming (Python, C) and artificial neural networks are highly desired.

The Centre for Electronics Frontiers

The Centre for Electronics Frontiers at the University of Southampton is a dynamic interdisciplinary Centre that delivers novel solutions for advanced sensory systems, energy technologies and unconventional computing architectures. Our team encompasses diverse expertise ranging from materials process development to electronic devices, circuits and systems. This knowledge combined with our state-of-art facilities and strong collaborations with industry enables us to off­er unique solutions to real-world problems.

Our ambition is to push the frontiers of electronics through emerging nanotechnologies, disrupting current ways of thinking by innovating advanced nano/bio-sensors, safe and efficient energy storage solutions and novel Hardware for AI. To realise this vision, we are seeking exceptional candidates to join our team, interested in devoting their passion for addressing some of the challenges we have identified.

If you wish to discuss any details of the project informally, please contact Dr Alex Serb, Centre for Electronics Frontiers, Email: A.Serb@soton.ac.uk.

Entry Requirements

A very good undergraduate degree (at least a UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent) or an MEng/MSc (or equivalent, or near completion) with first class honours or distinction in Electronics, Engineering, Machine learning, Computer Science or a closely related subject.

Closing date: applications should be received no later than 31 August 2021 for standard admissions, but later applications may be considered depending on the funds remaining in place.

Funding: For UK students, Tuition Fees and a stipend of £15,609 tax-free per annum for up to 3.5 years. 

How To Apply

Applications should be made online. Select programme type (Research), 2021/22, Faculty of Physical Sciences and Engineering, next page select “PhD  Nanoelectronics (Full time)”. 

Applications should include

  • Research Proposal
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Two reference letters
  • Degree Transcripts to date

Apply online: https://www.southampton.ac.uk/courses/how-to-apply/postgraduate-applications.page

For further information please contact: feps-pgr-apply@soton.ac.uk

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