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Computer Scientist - Digital Design and Security

Information Sciences Institute Arlington, Virginia

USC’s Information Sciences Institute (ISI), a unit of the university’s Viterbi School of Engineering, is a world leader in the research and development of advanced artificial intelligence, information processing, computing, and communications technologies. ISI’s 400 faculty, professional staff and graduate students carry out extraordinary information sciences research at three distinct locations - Marina Del Rey, CA; Arlington, VA; and Waltham, MA.

*This position is based in Arlington, VA. Remote work options are available *

The Reconfigurable Computing Group (RCG) at ISI is a leader in disrupting and advancing the fields of FPGA and front-end ASIC design, computer architecture, and EDA tools. As an applied research lab, our work spans the creation and maturation of ideas from academic conception to applied research prototypes.

RCG staff can be found:

  • Researching and developing toolsets to map AI algorithms directly to hardware,
  • Optimizing full scale testing of billion transistor FPGAs to minimal runtime,
  • Performing experiments on the International Space Station,
  • Utilizing ISI’s MOSIS service to fabricate novel computer architectures.

Our success is based on investing in our staff through a culture centered on:

  • Learning and idea generation,
  • Transparent and constructive feedback, and
  • Continual growth through contributing to, creating, and leading a research agenda.

We are looking for highly talented, motivated technical leaders to join our team. This position will lead research and propose major innovations to assure the security, reliability, functional correctness, and performance of FPGA designs and architectures.  The successful candidate will realize solutions in a variety of real-world FPGA-based systems such as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), autonomous robotic swarms, and critical national defense infrastructure.  The successful candidate will also collaborate with peers within the group and across ISI; publish results in top tier conferences; and contribute to and lead proposals efforts.

Position specific JOB QUALIFICATIONS:

  • PhD or MS and equivalent experience in Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, or Computer Science required.
  • Previous publications, patents, or innovations related to EDA for digital design, hardware security, formal verification, or novel application mapping.
  • Expert-level understanding of FPGA devices and architectures such as Xilinx Virtex-7, UltraScale, and UltraScale+.
  • Five years of digital design experience using Xilinx Vivado or Intel Quartus CAD tools and commercial/academic cad flows.
  • Five years of C++/Java and Python development experience, including contributions to large-scale commercial or open-source software projects.
  • Ability to evaluate, apply, and mature published research to real-world problems at scale on prototype systems.
  • Qualified candidates for this position must be willing and eligible to apply for and maintain a collateral Secret clearance. Per U.S. government regulations, eligibility for this clearance requires U.S. citizenship. Current SECRET clearance or higher is a plus.

 Preferred Job Qualifications:

  • Understanding of FPGA bitstream formats and experience using tools such as Google Project X-Ray, RapidWright, or TORC to develop custom bitstreams.
  • 3-5 years of experiences developing and/or verifying wireless or digital signals processing systems.
  • 3-5 years of experience using digital logic formal verification and/or model checking tools such as Synopsys Formality, Cadence Conformal, Synopsys VC Formal

The University of Southern California values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity in employment.


Minimum Education: Master's degree, Combined experience/education as substitute for minimum education Minimum Experience: 3 years Minimum Field of Expertise: Knowledge of research processes and computer science.


REQ20094024 Posted Date: 10/08/2020

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