PhD Fellowship in Computer Architecture

Trondheim, Norway
14 Mar 2019
End of advertisement period
01 Apr 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

About the position

We have two vacant PhD positions at the Department of Computer Science (IDI). We are seeking talented master graduates with a passion for improving our understanding of advanced computer architectures. The position will be affiliated with IDI’s Computer Architecture Lab, which is Norway’s leading computer architecture research group.

The position reports to Head of department

Job description

The PhD fellowships are affiliated with the 4-year Balancing Compute and Memory Performance in Reconfigurable Accelerators with Analytical Modeling (BAMPAM) research project which is funded by the Norwegian Research Council. In BAMPAM, we will improve the power-efficiency of tightly integrated reconfigurable accelerators (e.g., CPUs with tightly coupled FPGA or CGRA fabrics) by formulating analytical performance models that enable automatically generating accelerator instances with balanced compute and memory performance.

Accelerator imbalance is caused by activating more compute units than the system's memory configuration can support and results in poor power-efficiency because compute units needlessly dissipate power while waiting for memory. A balanced accelerator activates exactly the number of compute units the memory configuration can support -- to ensure high performance -- while disabling remaining units -- to save power. The key research challenge in BAMPAM is to devise model-based approaches that automatically determine the number of compute units that achieve balance for different applications.

Qualification requirements

PhD candidate:

The PhD-position's main objective is to qualify for work in research positions. The qualification requirement is completion of a master’s degree or second degree (equivalent to 120 credits) with a strong academic background in computer architechture or equivalent education with a grade of B or better in terms of NTNU’s grading scale. Applicants with no letter grades from previous studies must have an equally good academic foundation. Applicants who are unable to meet these criteria may be considered only if they can document that they are particularly suitable candidates for education leading to a PhD degree.

The appointment is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning State Employees and Civil Servants and national guidelines for appointment as PhD, postdoctor and research assistant

The ideal candidate has the following qualifications:

  • Strong programming and system design skills
  • Good understanding of key computer architecture techniques (e.g., out-of-order processing and techniques for exploiting Memory-Level Parallelism)
  • Experience with simulator-based evaluation of computer architectures or experience with RTL-development for FPGAs
  • Experience with software development and optimization
  • Excellent English written and oral communication skills

Personal characteristics

  • Passion for uncovering new knowledge and explaining it to others
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently as well as collaboratively.
  • Demonstrated ability to quickly acquire knowledge in new topics.

In the evaluation of which candidate is best qualified, emphasis will be placed on education, experience and personal suitability, as well as motivation, in terms of the qualification requirements specified in the advertisement

We offer

Salary and conditions

PhD candidates are remunerated in code 1017, and are normally remunerated at gross from NOK 449 400 before tax per year. From the salary, 2 % is deducted as a contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.

The period of employment is 4 years out of which 25% is teaching duties assigned by the department. Appointment to a PhD position requires admission to the PhD programme in Computer Science.  

As a PhD candidate, you undertake to participate in an organized PhD programme during the employment period. A condition of appointment is that you are in fact qualified for admission to the PhD programme within three months.

Appointment takes place on the terms that apply to State employees at any time, and after the appointment you must assume that there may be changes in the area of work.

General information

Working at NTNU

A good work environment is characterized by diversity. We encourage qualified candidates to apply, regardless of their gender, functional capacity or cultural background. Under the Freedom of Information Act (offentleglova), information about the applicant may be made public even if the applicant has requested not to have their name entered on the list of applicants.

Questions about the position can be directed to Associate Professor Magnus Jahre, phone number +47 952 22 309, e-mail, or Head of Department John Krogstie, e-mail

About the application:

Publications and other academic works that the applicant would like to be considered in the evaluation must accompany the application. Joint works will be considered. If it is difficult to identify the individual applicant's contribution to joint works, the applicant must include a brief description of his or her contribution.

Please submit your application electronically via with your CV, diplomas and certificates. Applicants invited for interview must include certified copies of transcripts and reference letters.

Please refer to the application number 2019/7851 when applying.

Application deadline: 01.04.2019

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Department of Computer Science 

We are the leading academic IT environment in Norway, and offer a wide range of theoretical and applied IT programmes of study at all levels. Our subject areas include hardware, algorithms, visual computing, AI, databases, software engineering, information systems, learning technology, HCI, CSCW, IT operations and applied data processing. The Department has groups in both Trondheim and Gjøvik. The Department of Computer Science is one of seven departments in the Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering .

Deadline 01.04.2019
Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Trondheim
Scope Fulltime
Duration Temporary
Place of service Trondheim

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