Thursday, July 15, 2021



The Electronic Circuit Design (ECD) unit of the Department of Electronics and Nanoengineering at the School of Electrical Engineering is looking for a


“Open-source IC design, especially in digital circuits, enables faster adaptation of new ideas to the products and accelerates the ongoing digital transformation”

What you will do
The world around us is changing in an increasing pace. Everything around is getting connected to cloud and we are gathering enormous amount of data. We as IC engineers must meet these challenges by embedding new function rapidly to different platforms. We need processor cores to support mixed-mode functionalities of any system-on-chip implementation. One way to tackle these needs is to embed and develop open-source processors with custom functions. We are looking for a new doctoral student who can tackle these challenges in industry collaboration project.

In this fully funded position, you have an opportunity to be involved in world-class research in Integrated Circuit (IC) design applied to open-source processor (RISC-V) development. You will contribute to novel design ideas, in a team of circuit designers. You will work in a multidisciplinary network, in close collaboration with other students, to grow, design and promote your ideas with full-custom ICs.  
What we offer you
Exciting working topic. You will develop competences at the interface between IC design and open-source platforms. You will apply them in a project involving the main industrial partners.

Supportive working environment. We offer you to the possibility to design ICs in the latest nanometer-scale CMOS technologies, participating in multi-project wafer runs and using a state-of-the-art measurement lab. You will integrate into our international and supportive research team and have guidance from both algorithm and circuit perspectives. You will be in contact with our vast network of academic and industrial partners.

Competitive salary and contract terms. The starting salary for a PhD student is approximately 2500€/month and salary will increase with responsibilities and performance over time. You are expected to complete doctoral research and studies within four years in the Doctoral Programme in Electrical Engineering of Aalto University. As an employer, Aalto University provides excellent learning and development opportunities as well as occupational health care services, commuter ticket benefit and versatile exercise services by Unisport. Finland has a comprehensive social security system.

Living environment. The School of Electrical Engineering is located at the Aalto University Otaniemi campus in the Helsinki metropolitan area, Finland. As a living and working environments, Finland consistently ranks high in quality-of-life. For more information about living in Finland please visit our information pages for international staff:   

Who you are
•    You have a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering. High average grades as well as excellent grades on courses on electronics are an asset.
•    You just obtained your diploma, or you already gained some design experience in industry.
•    You are passionate about IC design and microprocessor architectures.
•    You are open-minded for new research, eager to learn more and fit to teamwork.
•    You have some hands-on experience or courses taken on IC design and tools. Specifically, experience with the Cadence software suite is a strong asset, as well as interests in analog and/or mixed-signal design.    

Who we are
The Electronic Circuit Design (ECD) unit of the Department of Electronics and Nanoengineering at the School of Electrical Engineering has researched RF, analog, and digital integrated circuits already close to thirty years with outstanding outcomes and we have a strong network of collaborators and funding. The ECD unit has three professors (Jussi Ryynänen, Kari Halonen and Martin Andraud), three senior researchers and about 20 doctoral candidates and research assistants.

More information
If you wish to hear more about the position, do not hesitate to contact Professor Jussi Ryynänen, jussi.ryynanen(at)

Ready to apply?
Please submit your application through our recruiting system and include the following documents as one merged pdf package in English:

  • Application letter
  • Curriculum Vitae (including list of publications if any)
  • Course transcripts of Master’s studies with grades and Certificate of Master’s degree
  • Possible References (names and contact information of referees, or recommendation letters)

The call is open until August 25, 2021, but we will start reviewing and interviewing candidates already in August.


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