University of Manchester

Department of Computer Science

Research Post in Low-Power Asynchronous Design


This post has arisen as a result of the formation of a Low Power Cluster of UK universities comprising the Universities of Manchester, Sheffield, Liverpool and Queen's University, Belfast. The cluster will be responsible for arranging an annual UK workshop on low-power design and will meet regularly to coordinate activities.

The post holder will work in the AMULET research group under Professor S.B.Furber. The AMULET group has established an international reputation for its work in asynchronous circuit design. The AMULET1 microprocessor is a fully self-timed implementation of the ARM RISC architecture, and is the first fully asynchronous VLSI implementation of a commercial microprocessor architecture. In 1995 the group gained a British Computer Society Award for AMULET1 and the 'Computing' IT Gold Award for Technology Transfer jointly with Advanced RISC Machines Limited who have licensed the AMULET processor technology from the University. More recently first samples of the AMULET2e asynchronous embedded microcontroller have been obtained and these are being used as the basis of a number of low-power system design experiments.

The AMULET group has strong industrial connections through its many collaborative research projects and expects to bring asynchronous design techniques to commercial fruition within the next five years. Within this project the focus is the exploitation of asychronous design for improving power-efficiency.

The post is funded by the EPSRC and is tenable for 3 years. The appointment will be made on the RA1A scale at a starting salary of 15,986.

Applicants should have a PhD or equivalent research track-record, good computing skills and must have expertise in one or more of the following areas: asynchronous circuit design; microprocessor architecture; embedded system design; CAD tools for VLSI. It is unlikely that any candidate will have skills in all of these areas, and perhaps the most important will be a broad ability to cope fluently with complex VLSI design.

The successful applicant will be expected to work independently and enthusiastically to an agreed workplan, to seek and accept input from within and outside the AMULET group, to produce work of publishable quality and to write it up and present it at international conferences and in journals.

For further particulars and application forms please contact:

Informal inquiries to Prof. S.B.Furber.

Applications, including the names of two referees and a curriculum vitae, should be returned to the Director of Personnel by 24th February 1997 quoting reference 607/96. Interviews for shortlisted candidates will take place shortly thereafter.

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