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POST-DIGITAL - the European Training Network on Post-Digital Computing - announces 15 positions for Early-Stage Researchers with the option of being awarded a doctoral degree.

POST-DIGITAL is a doctoral-level European Training Network (ETN) funded by the European Commission under Horizon2020 Marie Sklodowska-Curie ITN Action.

POST-DIGITAL will provide 15 early-stage researchers (ESRs) with a world-class advanced training programme educating them to the level of the next generation of leaders in the fields of unconventional computing with light and neuromorphic computing. This will be achieved by exploiting challenging interaction between the 8 academy and 5 industrial consortium members.

POST-DIGITAL ESRs will acquire unique scientific and technical skills joining photonics with neuromorphic computing with the aim of developing novel post-digital computing systems which will surpass classical digital information processing in terms of processing concepts, bandwidth, layers, adaptation and learning mechanisms.

ESRs in POST-DIGITAL will acquire a uniquely broad interdisciplinary education, which will enables them to design and develop unconventional computing systems which, for the first time, will pass over the threshold of real-world exploitability.

Positions will be available at Aston University (UK); University of Groningen (Netherlands); Université Bourgogne Franche-Comté (France); Université Libre de Bruxelles (Belgium); Agencia Estatal de Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas (Spain); Thales (France); LightOn (France); IMEC (Belgium); VLC Photonics (Spain); IBM Research Labs Zurich (Switzerland).

POST-DIGITAL Partner Organisations providing secondments and specialised training are: IniLabs (Switzerland); University of Ghent (Belgium); Universitat de les Illes Balears (Spain).

Learning in spiking photonic neural networks

PhD position in collaborative ANR project: Learning in spiking photonic neural networks.

PhD position in collaborative ANR project:Learning in spiking photonic neural networksIn the frame of the ANR project “Analog Computation with Photonic Spiking Nodes” (ANACONDA), we are searching for a motivated PhD candidate with expertise in free space optics and interest in neural networks/ artificial intelligence.

PhD position in collaborative ANR project:Learning in spiking photonic neural networksIn the frame of the ANR project “Analog Computation with Photonic Spiking Nodes” (ANACONDA), we are searching for a motivated PhD candidate with expertise in free space optics and interest in neural networks/ artificial intelligence. ANACONDA is the first national project investigating the realization of spiking photonic neural networks consisting of 100sof photonic neurons, and the implementation of machine learning and computational neuroscience methodsfor optical learning hardware. The field of artificial intelligence and photonic neural networks is currently experiencing significant attention, and the members of the ANACONDA consortium (Dr. Brunner, Dr. Barbay, Dr.Thorpe) arethe leading experts in France in this area.The PhD project will be shared between the FEMTO-ST CNRS institute in Besancon (supervision Dr. Brunner, https://members.femto-st.fr/daniel-brunner) and the CERCO CNRS institute (supervision Prof. Thorpe, http://tmbi.fr/simon-thorpe). Work in Besancon will take the center stageand consists of the physical realization of a spiking electro-optical neural network and a trainable optical learning mechanism[1-3]. Work will be accompanied with significant secondmentsat CERCO, where the student will be trainedin powerful neuro-inspired learning concepts[4].

 

Neuromorphic Computing using QD-Networks

PhD position in collaborative international project: Neuromorphic Computing using QD-Networks

We are searching for a motivated PhD candidate with expertise in integrated photonicsand interest in neural networks/ artificial intelligence. NeuroQNet IIis the continuation of the highly successfulNeuroQNet I project and investigatesintegrated photonic neural networks based on optical waveguides and arrays of quantum dot micropillar lasers.

The PhD project will take place at theFEMTO-ST CNRS institute in Besancon (supervision Dr. Brunner, https://members.femto-st.fr/daniel-brunner). Work willconsistof realizing a scalable integrated photonic platform for large scale neural networks where the micro-lasers act as photonic neurons[1-3]. For that we will employ cutting edge 3D nano-fabrication techniques.

The project is supportedby the Volkswagen Foundation, which is known for competitive and highly attractive funding.