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Research Scientist

Viterbi School of Engineering Los Angeles, California

The Viterbi School of Engineering seeks to recruit a Research Scientist to collaborate with the USC Institute for the Future of Computing (IFC) leadership team, affiliated faculty, graduate students, and other research staff to explore and develop computing paradigms and solutions that go beyond the end of Moore’s law and Dennard scaling. You are expected to understand a broad range of topics related to the current state of advanced computing technologies with emphasis on circuits, architectures, systems, and design automation technologies and have an excellent knowledge of many computing applications in civilian and military fields. You will be responsible for exploring research and development opportunities related to both CMOS and non-CMOS based computing technologies using various design fabrics (full custom, ASIC, FPGA) and platforms (CPU, GPU, domain-specific accelerators) and targeting different objectives (security/privacy, sustainability, high performance, resiliency). You must be able to learn fast, explore new research directions and area, adapt and be able to respond quickly to research opportunities related to main themes and thrusts of IFC. The USC Viterbi School is committed to increasing diversity of its staff and welcomes applications from women, African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Native Americans, veterans, and individuals with disabilities

This is a great opportunity to work with leading researchers, expand one’s skills and experience, and be part of a team that is at the forefront of technology innovation with respect to the future of computing. This involves:

  • Collaborating with the IFC leadership team and associated faculty and students on research problems related to the future of computing.

  • Organizing and participating in research review meetings with ECE faculty and ISI researchers to identify mid- and large-scale funding opportunities of interest to IFC.

  • Writing and maintaining minutes of the meeting, documentation, and other reports related to such research review meetings, and following up on any formulated action items.

  • Identifying with the help of the IFC leadership team opportunities for mid- and large-scale research efforts along with potential faculty team members at USC and collaborators outside USC to quickly and effectively respond to such opportunities.

  • Doing background research on the identified themes and thrusts related to such research efforts.

  • Working with the IFC leadership team and faculty to develop an appropriate response to such opportunities, ranging from white papers and presentation material to preliminary and full proposal submissions.

  • Helping the IFC leadership team and affiliated faculty to manage any successful IFC-sponsored, funded research project, including project reviews, progress reports, and the like.

Successful candidates should demonstrate an outstanding ability to think effectively, coupled with excellent technical depth and breadth that are preferably supplemented with professional experience. They will have a demonstrable ability to define and execute independent research programs and assume technical leadership. Candidates with both theoretical and applied interests are encouraged to apply.

Application instructions: Complete applications consist of a CV/resume and a cover letter. You can combine these documents into a single PDF for upload.

EDUCATION AND QUALIFICATIONS

  • Minimum Ph.D. Degree in Electrical or Computer Engineering (or equivalent)
  • Demonstrable technical expertise and research experience in all the following technical areas
  • VLSI circuits and computing architectures
  • CMOS-based design, both digital and mixed-signal
  • At least one non-CMOS based design fabric or design paradigm
  • System design knowledge including hardware/software codesign
  • C/C++ or similar programming skills
  • Design experience with data path, memory, and I/O interfaces
  • Knowledge of simulation/emulation/prototyping platforms
  • Well-developed ability to analyze specifications at the architecture and micro-architecture level to identify design improvements
  • Applications programming language familiarity
  • Experience of collaborative research projects with partners in industry and academia is a plus.
  • Strong prior publication record is high desirable.
  • Track record of leading small or large team efforts in academia or industry is valuable.
  • Hands-on experience with large-scale ASIC and system-on-chip design is a plus.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Demonstrable technical expertise and research experience in all the following technical areas: VLSI circuits and computing architectures; CMOS-based design, both digital and mixed-signal; at least one non-CMOS based design fabric or design paradigm; system design knowledge including hardware/software codesign; C/C++ or similar programming skills; design experience with data path, memory, and I/O interfaces; knowledge of simulation/emulation/prototyping platforms; well-developed ability to analyze specifications at the architecture and micro-architecture level to identify design improvements; applications programming language familiarity

  • Experience of collaborative research projects with partners in industry and academia is a plus.

  • Strong prior publication record is high desirable.

  • Track record of leading small or large team efforts in academia or industry is valuable.

  • Hands-on experience with large-scale ASIC and system-on-chip design is a plus.

NICE-TO-HAVE

  • Programming familiarity/background in embedded processor (ARM preferred)

  • Knowledge of high-speed and energy-efficient circuit design

  • FPGA Design flows and EDA methodologies VHDL/Verilog-based design experience

  • Understanding of system-level design and validation processes

  • Comfortable with both Unix and Windows environments

  • Hands-on experience using and debugging designs with DRAM, PCIe interface, high-speed and general I/O interfaces, industry standard interconnect protocols

SKILLS AND COMPETENCIES

  • Leadership ability.

  • Independent researcher with interest and expertise in a wide range of topics.

  • Willingness and capacity to expand knowledge and technical skills and take on inter-disciplinary research.

  • Ability and capacity to manage a team of researchers and developers.

  • Demonstrated ability to learn new things quickly and grow into new roles.

  • Flexibility and ability to adapt quickly to new tasks/challenges.

  • Strong cross-functional skills.

  • Positive mindset, team player.

  • Excellent inter-personal and communication skills.

  • Excellent presentation skills.


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REQ20097533 Posted Date: 03/18/2021

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