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PhD in Computer Architecture (IE 165-2018)


The Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) invites applications for a PhD position in computer architecture affiliated with the Department of Computer Science. The position will be affiliated with the Computing group. The research will focus on improving the efficiency of server processors architectures.


Information about the Department

The Department of Computer Science (IDI) is responsible for teaching and research that span the complete width of computer and information science. IDI employs around 35 professors, 56 associate professors, 17 assistant professors, 34 post-doctoral or pre-doctoral researchers, 31 administrative/technical staff and approximately 100 Ph.D. students. More than 7000 students study one or more courses at the department each year. IDI has branches in both Trondheim and Gjøvik, and the position described in this announcement will be located at IDI’s main branch in Trondheim.


Work Description

The computing landscape is shifting from the traditional desktop computing to mobile-cloud computing model. In this new model, datacenters have emerged as the workhorses that do all the heavy-duty computations and serve as the backbone of mobile services. A modern datacenter draws multi mega-watts of power and costs over $100 million to deploy. However, the processors deployed in datacenters remain highly under-utilized due to a large mismatch in application characteristics and processor features.


The objective of this PhD position is to specialize server processor architectures to match application characteristics. Datacenter applications are characterized by massive instruction footprints and typically operate on mutli tera/peta-byte datasets. Due to these huge instruction footprints and datasets, server processors spend significant amount of time waiting for instructions and data to arrive from cache/memory hierarchy. The position will focus on investigating low overhead instruction and data delivery mechanisms leveraging emerging memory technologies to improve server utilization.



A master's degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Electronics, Embedded Systems or equivalent is required. Candidates who are close to finishing their master’s studies in one of these areas are also encouraged to apply.


The ideal candidate should have the following qualifications:

  • Strong programming skills

  • Basic knowledge of computer architecture

  • Experience with simulator-based evaluation of computer architectures

  • Demonstrated ability to work independently as well as collaboratively.

  • Demonstrated ability to quickly acquire knowledge in new topics.


We also require excellent written and oral communication skills. Applicants who neither are native English speakers nor from Scandinavia, must provide evidence of English language proficiency by means of one of the following tests: TOEFL, Academic IELTS and Cambridge CAE or CPE. Minimum scores need to be:


  • TOEFL: 600 (paper-based test), 92 (Internet-based test)

  • IELTS: 6.5, with no section lower than 5.5 (only Academic IELTS test accepted)

  • CAE/CPE: grade B or A.


The applicant’s suitability to hold a scientific position will be emphasized in the selection process.


Salary Conditions

The PhD positions is in code 1017 Stipendiat, minimum salary grade range 51 in the Norwegian State salary scale, and typically in salary grade 51-58, gross NOK 449 400 – 505 200 per year, depending on qualifications.


How to apply

The Application Must Contain


  • A short (1-2 page) cover letter describing the applicant’s motivation for applying for this position, relevant qualifications and research interests.

  • CV including details about education and relevant experience.

  • Certified copies of academic diplomas and certificates. (Applicants from universities outside Norway are kindly requested to attach a diploma supplement or a similar document, which describes in detail the study and grading system and the rights for further studies associated with the obtained degree.)

  • Names and contact details of 2-3 references (name, relation to applicant, e-mail and telephone number)


    Incomplete applications may not be considered.


    The application must be sent electronically as one combined PDF file via www.jobbnorge.no.


    General information

    The Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering wants to attract outstanding and creative candidates who can contribute to our ongoing research activities. We believe that diversity is important to achieve a good, inclusive working environment. We encourage all qualified candidates to apply, regardless of the gender, disability or cultural background.

    As far as possible, the State workforce should reflect the diversity of the population. Goals of our personnel policy therefore include a balanced distribution in terms of age and gender as well as recruitment of people of immigrant background. Under Section 25 of the Freedom of Information Act, information about the applicant may be made public even if the applicant has requested not to have his or her name entered on the list of applicants.


    Formal Regulations

    Appointments will be made in accordance with current university regulations. The successful applicant must agree to the conditions laid down for public employees and must sign a contract regulating the starting date and duration of employment. A deduction of 2% is made from the salary as a mandatory contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.


    Further Information

    For further information, please contact Associate Professor Rakesh Kumar, e-mail: rakesh.kumar@ntnu.no, phone +47 409 85 753 or the Head of Department Professor John Krogstie, e-mail: john.krogstie@ntnu.no, phone: +47 934 17 551.

    For information about processing of applications, please contact Senior Executive Officer Anne Kristin Bratseth, phone +47 73596715, email anne.kristin.bratseth@ntnu.no.      


    Mark the application: IE 165-2018

    Deadline for application:01.11.2018

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