PhD position: Scalable Parallel Architectures for 5G/6G wireless systems

WorkplaceZürich, Zurich region, Switzerland


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100%, Zurich, fixed-term

Project background

The Digital Circuits and Systems Group (Prof. L. Benini IIS-Digital) is a research group at the Dept. of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering at ETH Zurich. The group is looking for a talented and motivated individual with a MS in Electrical Engineering willing to pursue a PhD project on design and implementation of highly parallel and flexible open-source multicore architectures for efficient and scalable baseband processing in future 5G and 6G wireless systems.

Job description

We are looking for a talented and highly motivated candidate with an electrical engineering background (MS-EE or MS-EE, possibly with 1-2 years of industry experience) to join our group as a PhD candidate. The PhD research activities will focus on the design and implementation of open-source (RISC-V based) parallel hardware architecture for baseband processing in 5G and 6G wireless systems, with specific emphasis on scalable computational capabilities and high energy efficiency. The architecture be based on customizable open-source RISC-V cores, interconnects and support infrastructure developed at IIS-Digital ( Performance and efficiency improvements will leverage ISA specialization and application-specific coprocessors.

The main application scenario is the radio access network (RAN) disaggregation of the 5G and 6G protocol stack where softwarization and virtualization of the network components pose significant challenges to the underlying hardware architectures in terms of both computational capabilities and energy efficiency.

The preferred start is March 1st, 2022 but later start is possible.

Your profile


  • Recently (less than 3 years) obtained Master degree in electrical engineering, computer engineering, or equivalent (Applicant cannot hold a PhD degree obtained previously).
  • Strong experience in RTL design (working knowledge of SystemVerilog or Verilog).
  • Experience with industrial frond-end EDA flows for VLSI design and implementation (Synopsys/Cadence/Mentor)
  • Experience with C/C++ embedded programming
  • Solid background on signal processing and wireless communications


  • Basic knowledge of advanced communication systems and standards (5G and beyond)
  • Exposure to parallel programming and parallel computer architecture

Soft Skills

  • Good communication and interpersonal skills
  • Willingness to work in a diverse, internationally distributed team.
  • Adaptability and flexibility towards the open-ended problems associated with a research environment.
  • Self-motivation and capability of independent learning

ETH Zurich

ETH Zurich is one of the world’s leading universities specialising in science and technology. We are renowned for our excellent education, cutting-edge fundamental research and direct transfer of new knowledge into society. Over 30,000 people from more than 120 countries find our university to be a place that promotes independent thinking and an environment that inspires excellence. Located in the heart of Europe, yet forging connections all over the world, we work together to develop solutions for the global challenges of today and tomorrow.
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In your application, please refer to and reference JobID 170933.

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