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Postdoctoral Modeling and mitigation approaches for device and wire reliability effects in deeply scaled technologies
Employer: imec
Location: Leuven, Belgium
Employment Start Date: As soon as possible

Organization Description:
Imec performs world-leading research in nano-electronics. Imec leverages its scientific knowledge with the innovative power of its global partnerships in ICT, healthcare and energy. Imec delivers industry-relevant technology solutions. In a unique high-tech environment, its international top talent is committed to providing the building blocks for a better life in a sustainable society. Imec is headquartered in Leuven (Belgium) and has offices in the Netherlands, US, Taiwan, China, India and Japan. Its staff of more than 2,086 people includes over 750 industrial residents, guest researchers and scholarships. In our Process Technology (PT) unit we are currently looking for a (m/f) Postdoc working on Modeling and mitigation approaches for device and wire reliability effects. We offer you a challenging position in an advanced high-tech environment, in an international team. This is your opportunity to contribute to technologies that will have an impact on tomorrow’s society. We offer you an attractive salary added with competitive extra-legal benefits such as an interesting life insurance, hospitalization insurance and long-term disability insurance. Imec takes on the full cost of these insurances. On top of that you receive meal vouchers for each working day. Furthermore, imec offers various training possibilities and social services, such as a company restaurant, ironing service, the possibility of day care on site, holiday daycare and discounts in different sport clubs and shops. To decrease our ecological footprint 100% of the transport by train is reimbursed by imec.
Job Description:
Many embedded applications not only exhibit throughput requirements but also the combination with hard latency constraints. That is the case in state-of-the-art wireless, multimedia and biomedical applications. Today's reliability modeling approaches cannot deal with time-efficient system-level analysis of complete platforms, and the mitigation approaches cannot meet these stringent reliability requirements for the large time-0 and time-dependent variations of the device and wire specifications in platforms fabricated with deeply scaled technology nodes. The only option available now is to restrict the analysis to a crude analyses (with pessimistic guard bands) and to accept a very large hardware (area and energy) cost, as in triple redundancy methods or guard-band based over dimensioning. That will needlessly increase the overhead and it will reduce the margin for further technology scaling. Alternatively, we want to work on a time-efficient system-level analysis approaches which incorporate the full workload effect (no worst-case guard banding), and also on pure on-line mitigation techniques that are much more cost-effective because they are based on smart checkpointing and a heavily optimized run-time manager that takes care of hard throughput guarantees with minimal overhead of a few % in area and energy. In this postdoc project we want to combine the existing knowledge of deep-submicron device and wire reliability models at IMEC with the use in advanced processor platforms running realistic application workloads. Our aim is to significantly increase the scaling potential of technologies with a large time-0 and time-dependent variability in the performance and energy figures-of-merit. We will also demonstrate this on realistic test cases. That will result in a large practical impact of the work in this postdoc.
- You have obtained a PhD in electrical engineering or Physics or another related topic. - Good knowledge of device physics, device reliability and a general understanding of circuit and system level design are welcomed; - You are a communicative team player, but still you are able to work independently. - You like taking initiative; you are persuasive and assertive, while keeping a constructive attitude. - You show the flexibility to change between different projects according to changing priorities. - Given the international character of imec, a fluent knowledge of English is necessary.
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Date Posted: June 28, 2017