PhD position in Groningen Cognitive Systems and Materials Center (1.0 FTE)

Research / Academic
We are looking for a motivated PhD candidate to work in an interdisciplinary environment under the supervision of Prof. Tamalika Banerjee at the Zernike Institute for Advanced Materials, University of Groningen, The Netherlands. The PhD programme entitled ‘Towards a cognitive computer architecture based on memristive devices: developing Short- and Long-Term Memory’ is part of a larger project, with the overarching goal to build a pattern- completion memory for neuromorphic chips. This experimental project will focus on the design and testing of circuit boards with memristive devices and microcontrollers. The objective is to build neural network for different learning schemes based on simple circuits. Different types of memristive devices have been demonstrated and actively researched in Banerjee lab. The student will benefit from this knowledge and will expand on developing new approaches to study essential device characteristics such as reliability of switching process, statistical (in)variance and the underlying process that controls the nonvolatile and multilevel nature of the devices in a circuit. This project will be carried out in close collaboration with CogniGron partners, Prof. Niels Taatgen and Dr Jelmer Borst along with a second PhD student.


• a Master student with a background in Electrical Engineering or in physics/material science (a good background in semiconductors, circuit designs, solid state physics is desirable)
• excellent track record
• excellent communication skills in both oral and written English
• experience in programming (e.g. Python, LabVIEW).

Salary Benefits:

We offer in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities:
• a salary of € 2,325 gross per month in the first year to a maximum of € 2,972 gross per month in the final year (salary scale PhD students), based on a full-time position (1.0 FTE)
• an 8% holiday allowance and an 8.3% year-end bonus
• a position for four years; a successful candidate will first be offered a temporary position of one year with the option of renewal for another three years.
• a fulltime position of 1.0 FTE
• ability to work in an international and interdisciplinary research environment closely together both with colleagues from Artificial Intelligence and Physics at different Institutes (Zernike Institute for Advanced Materials, Bernoulli Institute for Mathematics, Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence, CogniGron, Faculty of Science and Engineering, University of Groningen).
The position is immediately available.
Work Hours:

38 hours per week


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