Postdoctoral position: Architecture & circuit design for digital logic based on nanoelectromechanical switch devices

There is an immediate opening for a postdoctoral scientist position in the accelerator technologies group at the IBM Research – Zurich laboratory for research on nanoelectromechanical switch devices for digital logic.

The traditional scaling of CMOS technology is increasingly constrained by power limitations (e.g., saturation of the clock frequency in microprocessors). Therefore the microelectronic industry is researching radically new devices that drastically improve the energy efficiency of microelectronic systems. One promising — yet still largely unexplored — technology is based on NanoElectroMechanical (NEM) switches, which potentially offer significant improvements in energy efficiency. In this project, we are investigating the viability of this technology by developing a competitive and manufacturable device, by performing materials research to address inherent reliability issues, and by developing tools and methodologies to build complex logic based on novel NEM switch devices.

To strengthen our team, we are seeking a highly motivated individual with very good interpersonal skills and a strong background in mixed-signal circuit design as well as in the design and implementation of MEMS/NEMS interface circuitry.

The successful candidate will play an important role in the system design of digital logic based on NEM switches. We are seeking candidates who have a thorough understanding of mixed-signal circuit design as well as a strong grasp of the tools and methodologies used in digital logic design. Basic knowledge of micro- and nanofabrication and interface circuitry to nanomechanical devices would be an additional asset.
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