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Associate/Full Professor Neuromorphic Circuit-Design (1.0 FTE) in Groningen

... Faculty of Science and... ... University of... Since its founding in 1614, the University of Groningen has enjoyed an international reputation as a...



Faculty of Science and Engineering


University of Groningen

Since its founding in 1614, the University of Groningen has enjoyed an international reputation as a dynamic and innovative center of higher education, offering high- quality teaching and research. Balanced study and career paths in a wide variety of disciplines encourage the 30,000 students and researchers to develop their own individual talents. Belonging to the best research universities in Europe and joining forces with prestigious partner universities and networks, the University of Groningen is truly an international place of knowledge.

Job description

The Faculty of Science and Engineering has a vacancy for a full or associate professor as Neuromorphic Circuit-Design Engineer. We are looking for a visionary engineer or physicist with expertise in circuit design and integration of electronic devices in processing systems and architectures. If interested, you will be expected to develop neuromorphic/cognitive circuits using memristive devices., that is to investigate memristors from the point of view of a circuit designer and computer architect. This includes, on the one hand, the description of key properties that are required for specific functionalities within the processor, as feedback for the materials and device scientists. On the other hand, within the research center, you will work closely with experts in memristive devices towards the development of cognitive chips/systems that are particularly designed to utilize the specific characteristics of new available materials. The position will be embedded in the Zernike Institute for Advanced Materials with strong interactions with artificial intelligence, mathematics and computer science.

The position will play a crucial role within the Center “Groningen Cognitive Systems and Materials” (CogniGron). This is a unique research center, where researchers from materials science, physics, chemistry, mathematics, computer science and artificial intelligence work together to create self-learning materials that will perform the tasks that are now assigned to thousands of transistors and complex algorithms. We offer a challenging position in a unique world-class research environment, in which close collaborations between theoretical and experimental groups with different expertise are encouraged.

We will support the candidate with an attractive start-up package and access to local state-of-the-art laboratories and facilities, which are constantly being improved to strengthen our program.

Once appointed, you are expected to be a full-time, independent group leader.


We are recruiting at the level of Assistant (tenure track), Associate (tenure) or Full Professor, depending on your profile.

We encourage you to apply if you have:
• a PhD degree with at least two years of postdoctoral experience abroad (industrial experience can partially compensate for this requirement)
• excellent research qualities, as evidenced by a publication record in (inter)national peer-reviewed journals and/or in peer-reviewed books and renowned conferences
• proof of independence and international recognition
• successes in acquiring external funding for research projects
• a well-founded and motivated application with an innovative research plan that matches the mission of the Groningen Cognitive Systems and Materials Center (see: http://www.rug.nl/fse/cognigron).

And if you are:
• a great team player with organizational qualities and good interpersonal skills
• fluent in English
• a good teacher and willing to fulfill the requirements for the University Teaching Qualifications
• willing to learn the Dutch language.

Conditions of employment The University of Groningen offers a salary dependent on qualifications and relevant work experience as follows:

For Assistant professor positions the salaries ranges from a minimum of € 3,475 gross per month (salary scale 11 Dutch Universities) to a maximum of € 5,405 gross per month (salary scale 12 Dutch Universities) for a full-time position.

For the Associate professor positions, salaries range from € 4,815 (salary scale 13 Dutch Universities) up to a maximum of € 6,438 (salary scale 14 Dutch Universities) gross per month for a full-time position.

For the Full professor positions, the salaries range from € 5,334 up to a maximum of € 7,776 (scale, Hoogleraar 2, Dutch Universities) gross per month for a full-time position.

The salary will show an annual increase within the scale. Additionally, the salaries include an 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% end-of-year bonus. The conditions of employment comply with the Collective Labour Agreement for the University of Groningen (Collective Labour Agreement Dutch Universities 2016-2017, available in English). The positions fall within the framework of ‘Career Paths in Science 3’ (‘Bèta’s in Banen 3’, Please see: https://www.rug.nl/fse/organization/vacatures/vacatures/career-paths-in-science-edition-3 for criteria and conditions).

A career advisory service for partners of new staff that move to Groningen is provided.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our institution of University. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, colour, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status or disability status.

For information about employment conditions in Dutch universities please consult: https://www.labouragreementuniversities.nl/

For more detailed information about working conditions and working for the University of Groningen, please check: https://www.rug.nl/about-us/work-with-us/

You may apply for this position until 14 August 23:59h / before 15 August 2018 Dutch local time by means of the application form (click on "Apply" below on the advertisement on the university website).

Together with the application form, the following information needs to be submitted:
• a letter of motivation
• a Curriculum Vitae, including teaching experience and list of publications (please do not include copy of the publications)
• a list of five selected “best papers’
• a description of your research plans (maximum five pages)
• a statement on teaching goals and experience and the names of three referees, including title and contact information.

Please, include those documents as a single file in PDF format with your family name as the file name an upload your entire application as "letter of motivation" by means of the application form (click on 'Apply' below on the advertisement on the university website). Applications with missing credentials will not be taken into consideration.

The interviews are expected to start taking place from mid September.

For more information about CogniGron, the vacant positions, the requirements and the application procedure, please visit our website (http://www.rug.nl/fse/cognigron).

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