Ph.D. and postdoc positions in VLSI design at MPI for Informatics / IHP Microelectronics

The Theory of Distributed and Embedded Systems group in the Department for Algorithms & Complexity of the MPI for Informatics, in collaboration with IHP - Leibniz Institut für innovative Mikroelektronik, invites applications for:

  • a Ph.D. position, and
  • a 2-year Postdoc position.

Our research spans a broad range. At one end of the spectrum, we are interested in all aspects of the theory of distributed systems. At the other end, we apply these principles in the development of fault-tolerant hardware, including FPGA and mixed-signal ASIC prototypes. The announced positions focus on developing ASIC implementations of novel clocking techniques that have been devised in our group. These projects will be conducted in close collaboration with IHP - Leibniz Institut für innovative Mikroelektronik, our main collaborator for these projects. Ph.D. students will be jointly supervised by Prof. Milos Krstic and myself (Christoph Lenzen).

We welcome all applicants with the following qualifications:

  • A degree in electrical engineering, computer engineering, or a related field. A strong background in the design of digital circuits is required.
  • Hands-on experience in at least one hardware development language (VHDL or Verilog) and one programming language (e.g. C or C++).
  • Familiarity with ASIC or FPGA design flow and tools, hardware/system specification languages, or embedded programming languages is beneficial, but not mandatory.

Successful applicants will take part in an ERC Starting Grant project carried out in the group. The teaching load is low and there is room to explore other research avenues; especially postdocs are encouraged to follow their own research agenda next to the ERC project.

For informal inquiries as well as filing an application, please send me an email ( A typical application should contain:

  • Your CV
  • A publication list
  • A brief statement (at most one page) of your motivation and research interests
  • Up to two selected publications (links suffice)
  • Contact information for 2-3 references

The interviewing process and starting dates will be flexible and adapted to the restrictions imposed by the current situation. Applications will be considered as they arrive.

The Max Planck Society is committed to employing more individuals with disabilities and expressly welcomes these to apply. The Max Planck Society seeks to increase the percentage of women in the areas where they are underrepresented and expressly encourages these to apply.