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Fall 2014 Openings

Postdoc position: https://jobs.hrc.pdx.edu/postings/13355

3D FPGA | Inference computing


Immediate Opening: Inference Computing at the Nanoscale (PhD or M.S. students)

The research group of Prof. Christof Teuscher has an immediate opening for a paid PhD student in the areas of inference computing at the nanoscale and in novel computing paradigms. The goal of the project is to develop a new inference-based information processing structure that performs probabilistic computing using radically new nanoscale devices. Our approach exploits the analog, time-dependent properties of such devices, and their massive parallelism. By doing so, such a computing structure will be more efficient and scalable than by using more traditional digital hardware.  This approach is the first that we are aware of to include time-dependent circuit elements to build analog associative memories that approximate Bayesian inference, and which are, in turn, assembled into complex networks that capture higher order structure in streams of data.  Our ultimate goal is to use these circuits to develop hybrid CMOS/molecular-scale implementations of a Field Adaptable Bayesian Array (FABA).

The position is funded by the National Science Foundation under grant number 1028378, "Inference at the Nanoscale." The project is a collaboration between PSU and the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB).

QUALIFICATIONS:

The ideal candidate has experience in SPICE, computer architecture, nonlinear systems, circuit theory, analog systems, complex systems, probabilistic computation, machine learning, optimization techniques, evolutionary algorithms, evolvable hardware, and computational intelligence. Other qualifications:

  • Masters degree in CS, ECE, or physics.
  • Eligible for PhD program in ECE.
  • Interested in far-reaching cutting-edge interdisciplinary research.
  • Team player.
  • Experience in research environments.
  • Outstanding academic records.
  • Excellence in computer programming (e.g., C, C++, Matlab, Java).
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English.
  • Highly motivated, responsible, independent, with outstanding work ethics.
  • Visionary, creative, outside-the-box thinker.

WHAT YOU GET:

A place to invent, design, create, investigate, support and advice, an unconventional lab environment, free coffee, a competitive salary, tuition, a foosball table, access to a powerful research blade server to run your hottest and coolest simulations, a unique team, opportunities to collaborate with researchers from other fields.

WHAT WE DO:

The mission of teuscher.:Lab is to study, rethink, model, and design the implementation of computations in living and non-living systems. An understanding of the phenomena provides a basis for better, smarter, and more robust computing paradigms, architectures, devices, algorithms, languages, and systems for applications such as embedded systems and biomolecular engineering. We are interested in bold, visionary, and transformational solutions to complex and critical problems needed for the medium- and long-term sustainability of the technological future of the computing disciplines. For more information, see http://www.teuscher-lab.com

WHERE WE ARE:

Portland State University is located in Portland, Oregon. The Portland region is known throughout the world for its natural beauty, progressive urban planning, commitment to green environment, and high quality of living. The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering is part of the Maseeh College of Engineering and Computer Science, the premier engineering college in Portland.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE:

Follow the application instructions below. The position remains open until filled. Portland State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Applications from women and minorities are strongly encouraged. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the US and upon eligibility to the ECE PhD program.

 


Immediate Opening: Seeking Passionate Student Interested in 3D FPGAs and Self-Assembly

The research group of Dr. Christof Teuscher, in collaboration with Dr. Nick Macias (CellMatrix & PSU) and Dr. David Gracias (Johns Hopkins University) has an opening for a paid position (hourly) for the fall term 2013. To overcome physical size limitations in Moore's law scaling of transistors in inherently two-dimensional geometries, efforts are being directed at wafer stacking to implement more quasi three dimensional (3D) architectures. However, significant and unprecedented gains in terms of packing and speed can be achieved if CMOS components can be integrated in truly 3D cellular porous architectures. This project combines cross-disciplinary expertise in software and hardware to create prototype 3D cellular computational devices by self-assembly. The research is funded by the Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC).

QUALIFICATIONS:
The ideal candidate has experience with C/C++, MATLAB, VLSI, and CAD tools. Other desired qualifications:

  • CS or ECE student (grad or undergrad).
  • Excellence in computer programming (e.g., HDL, C, C++, MATLAB, Java).
  • Highly motivated, responsible, independent, with outstanding work ethics.
  • Visionary, creative, outside-the-box thinker.
  • Interested in far-reaching cutting-edge interdisciplinary research.
  • Team player.
  • Outstanding academic records.


WHAT YOU WILL DO:

  • Implement simulation and visualization tools.
  • Implement new place & route algorithms.
  • Use optimization techniques (e.g., simulated annealing, genetic algorithms)
  • System performance evaluation
  • Debug and test cellular system.
  • Participate in teleconferences with Johns Hopkins University


WHAT YOU GET:
A place to invent, design, create, investigate, support and advice, an unconventional lab environment, free coffee, a foosball table, access to a powerful research blade server to run your hottest and coolest simulations, a unique team, opportunities to collaborate with researchers from other fields.

WHAT WE DO:
The mission of teuscher.:Lab is to study, rethink, model, and design the implementation of computations in living and non-living systems. An understanding of the phenomena provides a basis for better, smarter, and more robust computing paradigms, architectures, devices, algorithms, languages, and systems for applications such as embedded systems and biomolecular engineering. We are interested in bold, visionary, and transformational solutions to complex and critical problems needed for the medium- and long-term sustainability of the technological future of the computing disciplines. For more information, see http://www.teuscher-lab.com

APPLICATION PROCEDURE:
Follow the application instructions below and e-mail your documents to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . The position remains open until filled.

  1. Your complete CV (or resume).
  2. A letter of motivation describing why you are interested in this position and how you think you will contribute to the project and the lab's success.
  3. Transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate course work. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable.
  4. Two (or more) references that can provide recent and applicable feedback on your work capability.

QUESTIONS:
Please do not hesitate to send an inquiry to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it in case of questions.

 


Immediate Opening: Seeking Android Programmer

We are seeking an Android programmer to help with the development of new coursework funded by the Intel’s 2013 Embedded Curriculum Grant Program.  The first of the courses will be offered in during Fall term 2013 and will be using a Beagle Bone Black with an Android distribution as its development platform.

The student in this role will help with the development of assignments, programs, exercises, and grading. The ideal candidate for this position has advanced Android programming as well as hardware skills.

The position starts in the fall term 2013 and may be extended for additional terms. Remuneration is provided in the form of an hourly wage.

If you are interested in this position, please send the following materials to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it :

 

  • A letter of motivation
  • CV
  • Transcripts (unofficial is fine)
  • At least one letter of recommendation
  • Any project or other evidence you may have that showcases your Android experience

For more information and questions, please e-mail Roy Kravitz ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) and Christof Teuscher ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ).

 


M.S. students

OPENINGS

I am currently hiring multiple graduate research assistants (RAs) at the M.S. level in ECE, CS, and Systems Science. Please check both the Information and Resources for Students and the Student Thesis and Research Projects page (contact me for the password).

Qualifications:

  • Interested in far-reaching cutting-edge interdisciplinary research.
  • Team player.
  • Experience in research environments.
  • Outstanding academic records.
  • Excellence in computer programming (e.g., C, C++, Matlab, Java).
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English.
  • Highly motivated, responsible, independent, with outstanding work ethics.
  • Visionary, creative, outside-the-box thinker.

Are you special? You may be wanted: Seeking students with special interests and expertise

Application:

Check the Information and Resources for Students page and follow the application instructions below.

 


Undergraduate students

I'm always looking for highly motivated undergraduate students in ECE, CS, Systems Science, or other programs at PSU. Please get in touch with me so that we can discuss your interests and your situation.

 


Postdocs

We have an open postdoc position: https://jobs.hrc.pdx.edu/postings/13355

Currently no openings. Please get in touch with me if you can bring your own funding.

 


Internships

I'm always interested to host and train highly motivated interns, in particular over the summer. Depending on the available funding, I usually offer multiple paid internships per year. If you are a high school student, check out the Saturday Academy ASE program. Check the internship page for more information.

 


What We Do

Check out the research and the projects page.

What You Get

Support and advice to realize your visions, a place to invent, design, create, investigate, an unconventional lab environment, free coffee, a foosball table, access to a powerful research blade server to run your hottest and coolest simulations, a unique team, opportunities to collaborate with researchers from other fields.

Got Questions?

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