Post-doc position on development and characterization of memristive devices for unconventional computing at CNR-IMM, Agrate Brianza (Milano area), Italy

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    National Researh Council of Italy
    EngineeringElectronic engineering
    Recognised Researcher (R2)
    31/08/2020 23:00 - Europe/Brussels
    Italy › Agrate Brianza

The institute for Microelectronics and Microsystems of the National Research Council of Italy (CNR) opens a Post-Doc position funded by the National project Analogue Computing with Dynamic Switching Memristor Oscillators: Theory, Devices and Applications (COSMO).

Project description. The overall objective of the COSMO project (January 27th, 2020 - January 26th, 2022) is to lay the foundations and to provide a small scale demonstration of an alternative parallel and analogue computational architecture relying on the collective activation of interacting memristive oscillators.

Conventional computing, based on classical Von Neumann architectures, is now struggling with tasks like face recognition, real-time navigation control, object segmentation and depth perception. Such computational problems require a rethinking of the overall computing architecture that exploits emerging technologies for storage and memory. The memristor (memory + resistor), a two-terminal metal/insulator/metal device able to change its resistance upon electric stimulation, is one of the main proposed candidates to implement a parallel computing architecture mixing memory and computation. The highly nonlinear dynamics of a memristive device can be exploited to build nanoscale oscillators. In the approach of computing with physics, networks of interconnected and interacting oscillators can develop cooperative and collective dynamics, e.g. phase synchronization and other self-organizing spatio-temporal phenomena useful to alternative computing schemes overpassing the limits of conventional digital and Boolean computation.

The project gathers the competencies of 4 Italian partners in the fields of material science/device physics, dynamical systems and control theory.

CNR role in the project.  Within the COSMO project, the group at CNR-IMM, Unit of Agrate Brianza (Italy) (www.mdm.imm.cnr.it) will set up the entire production chain from (i) the development of novel memristive device technologies; (ii) to the realization of compact oscillators combining memristive and conventional electronic components and (iii) up to the arrangement of small networks of oscillators. A call for a post- doc position is open under the scientific supervision of Dr. Stefano Brivio.

Position Description. Material synthesis and deposition through Atomic Layer Deposition, Sputtering and/or e-beam evaporation, fabrication through optical lithography, device characterization through electrical measurement in the quasi-static and dynamic regimes.

The position is for one year and renewable up to 3 years (project duration).

The candidate selection will be done through public contest. The advertisement will be posted soon on the CNR web site. The planned starting dates for the position is in Autumn 2020, depending on candidate availability and required time for selection procedures.


The position is intended for one year and renewable up to 3 years (project duration).

The starting gross salary for the first year will be around 22,000 EUR/year (for recognized Researcher, R2)

Selection process

The candidates must apply to the public announcement that is posted on the CNR web site at https://bandi.urp.cnr.it/doc-assegni/documentazione/10106_DOC_IT.pdf

For bureaucratic reasons, the call is in Italian. For instructions in English or any kind of assistance, please write to Dr. Stefano Brivio (stefano.brivio@mdm.imm.cnr.it, stef.brivio@gmail.com)

The selection will be based on the curriculum evaluation and an interview.


Offer Requirements

    Engineering: PhD or equivalent

Specific Requirements

PhD in Physics, Electronic Engineering, Material Science or any related disciplines to the project topics. Proven experience in material synthesis and/or device fabrication and/or electrical characterization and/or knowledge of memristive and RRAM device technology.

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