USCâs Information Sciences Institute (ISI), a unit of the universityâs Viterbi School of Engineering, is a world leader in the research and development of advanced artificial intelligence, information processing, computing, and communications technologies. ISIâs 400 faculty, professional staff and graduate students carry out extraordinary information sciences research at three distinct locations - Marina Del Rey, CA; Arlington, VA; and Waltham, MA.
*This position is based in Arlington, VA. Remote work options are available *
The Reconfigurable Computing Group (RCG) at ISI is a leader in disrupting and advancing the fields of front-end ASIC and FPGA design, computer architecture, and EDA tools. As an applied research lab, our work spans the creation and maturation of ideas from academic conception to applied research prototypes.
RCG staff can be found:
Researching and developing toolsets to map AI algorithms directly to hardware,
Optimizing full scale testing of billion transistor FPGAs to minimal runtime,
Performing experiments on the International Space Station,
Utilizing ISIâs MOSIS service to fabricate novel computer architectures.
Our success is based on investing in our staff through a culture centered on:
Learning and idea generation,
Transparent and constructive feedback, and
Continual growth through contributing to, creating, and leading a research agenda.
We are looking for highly talented, motivated researchers to lead research and development in the area of secure hardware. Be a member of a high caliber team creating the worldâs first customized accelerator for native Fully Homomorphic Encryption (FHE). Lead the synthesis and floorplanning of complex FHE architectures utilizing custom EDA tools. Be an active member of fast-paced ASIC Development team supporting the full life cycle from functional architecture definition to physical implementation, verification, and tape-out. Support efforts analyzing and evaluating the effectiveness of hardware security techniques such as obfuscation, logic locking, or programmability for use in advanced lithography nodes and real-world System on a Chip use cases in terms of quantifiable security, overhead, and useability metrics. Lead development while contributing to advanced research, collaborating with peers within the group and across ISI, and contributing to publications in top tier conferences.
Position specific JOB QUALIFICATIONS:
Ph.D. in Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, or Computer Science required.
5-10 years of experience in Digital Design targeting and fabricating 22nm or smaller lithography nodes.
Expert level programming in Synthesizable C, VHDL, or Verilog.
Experience interfacing and floorplanning with bus (PCIe gen 4/5), memory (DDR3/4), and Single/Differential-ended I/Oâs in System on Chip designs.
Expert level user of standard digital design tools such as Cadence Stratus, Genus, and Innovus or Synopsys Synphony, Design Compiler, and IC compiler.
Previous experience with PCB design.
Preferred Job Qualifications:
Experience targeting 12nm or smaller fabrication nodes a significant plus
Experience with clock tree insertion, scan-chain insertion, and back end layout a plus.
Experience with Cadence JasperGold or Synopsys Formality a plus.
Experience with software revision control systems such as Git, Mercurial, SVN, etc
Ability to handle export-controlled data. Per U.S. government regulations, eligibility to handle export-controlled data requires U.S. Citizenship or U.S. Permanent Residency.
The University of Southern California values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity in employment.
Minimum Education: Master's degree, Combined experience/education as substitute for minimum educationMinimum Experience: 3 yearsMinimum Field of Expertise: Working knowledge of electrical & computer engineering; experience with CAE/CAD tools, modern design methodologies & development of solutions for specific design tasks using engineering principles.
USC is the leading private research university in Los Angeles—a global center for arts, technology and international business. With more than 47,500 students, we are located primarily in Los Angeles but also in various US and global satellite locations. As the largest private employer in Los Angeles, responsible for $8 billion annually in economic activity in the region, we offer the opportunity to work in a dynamic and diverse environment, in careers that span a broad spectrum of talents and skills across a variety of academic and professional schools and administrative units. As a USC employee and member of the Trojan Family—the faculty, staff, students, and alumni who make USC a great place to work—you will enjoy excellent benefits, including a variety of well-being programs designed to help individuals achieve work-life balance.