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Newcastle University is a great place to work, with excellent benefits. We have a generous holiday package; plus the opportunity to buy more, great pension schemes and a number of health and wellbeing initiatives to support you.

The role

We are excited to announce a new opportunity for a Research Assistant/Associate to join the School of Engineering, contributing to our latest Innovate UK grant project, "MARGE - Mignon Automated Hardware Generation for Embedded Machine Learning Applications," funded by the NorthEast Launchpad Competition.

We are seeking a candidate with a strong background in hardware design and the implementation of machine learning accelerator systems. Proficiency in electronic design automation tools and Python programming for high-level model-based simulations is essential. For more detailed information, please refer to the job description linked below.

The MARGE project, led by Literal Labs—a Newcastle University spinout—in collaboration with Newcastle University and PragmatIC, aims to revolutionise software design automation over the next 18 months. By integrating data pre-processing and machine learning algorithms inspired by the Tsetlin Machine principles, the project will develop tools to generate scalable hardware architectures through tailored modularisation and optimisation.

These tools will be validated with two independent case studies: an accelerator prototype on embedded FPGA platforms with Literal Labs, and an application-specific integrated circuit prototype on flexible substrates with PragmatIC.

You will be affiliated to Microsystems Research Group, and work with the collaborators to ensure the above case studies can be designed, implemented, and validated. Besides having the technological know-how, being able to work in a team and communicating effectively are essential attributes for this role.

The Microsystems Group at Newcastle has international leadership with pioneering research in microelectronics design and computer systems engineering. The group comprises 12 academic members, over 13 Research Assistants/Associates, and more than 30 PhD students. Over the last 5 years, the group has secured funding exceeding £22 million from EPSRC and other funding organizations, spun out two companies, and generated numerous prototype microchips. We are looking for an ambitious researcher to join this thriving team environment.

This full-time position (37 hours per week) is available immediately on a fixed-term basis for 12 months from the start date, with the possibility of extension.

About us

Newcastle University is a global University where everyone is treated with dignity and respect. As a University of Sanctuary, we aim to provide a welcoming place of safety for all, offering opportunities to people fleeing violence and persecution.

We are committed to being a fully inclusive university which actively recruits, supports and retains colleagues from all sectors of society. We value diversity as well as celebrate, support and thrive on the contributions of all of our employees and the communities they represent. We are proud to be an equal opportunities employer and encourage applications from individuals who can complement our existing teams, we believe that success is built on having teams whose backgrounds and experiences reflect the diversity of our university and student population.

At Newcastle University we hold a silver Athena Swan award in recognition of our good employment practices for the advancement of gender equality. We also hold a Race Equality Charter Bronze award in recognition of our work towards tackling race inequality in higher education REC. We are a Disability Confident employer and will offer an interview to disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria for the role as part of the offer and interview scheme.

In addition, we are a member of the Euraxess initiative supporting researchers in Europe.