Institute for Communication Technologies and Embedded Systems

PhD student/Postdoc/full-time researcher

RWTH Aachen University is Germany´s top-ranked technical university with 45,000+ students. The Institute for Communication Technologies and Embedded Systems (ICE) is headed by Prof. Rainer Leupers and Prof. Haris Gacanin. ICE performs R&D projects in different areas of embedded and cyber-physical system design. Our main application domains are wireless communications, automotive electronics, and cyber-security.

ICE maintains tight cooperations with industry partners worldwide and has transferred numerous technologies to semiconductor vendors, system houses, and EDA companies. ICE receives funds from national agencies like DFG and BMBF and is also engaged in EU Projects like HiPEAC, BOWI, and TETRACOM/TETRAMAX. A line of successful spin-off companies originated from ICE, e.g. Cadis (acquired by Synopsys), Axys (acquired by ARM), LISATek (acquired by CoWare/Synopsys), and Silexica (acquired by Xilinx/AMD). Key industry partners include Huawei, Synopsys, Hensoldt Cyber, and MachineWare.

ICE is looking for excellent Ph.D. students and PostDocs which are hired and compensated as full-time researchers. Talented people interested in contributing to a leading-edge and highly international research institute are invited to submit their application at any time.

Your tasks:

  • Contribute to ICE´s R&D projects in the areas of embedded processor architectures, multicore HW/SW design tools, virtual prototyping, ASIP and SoC design, neuromorphic computing for ML, and hardware security
  • Interact with our European and worldwide academic and industry partners
  • Participate in project management and event organization
  • Assist in teaching, e.g. lecture exercises, labs, and seminars



  • Master degree or equivalent in electrical engineering, computer science, computer engineering or similar with excellent results. For PostDocs, additionally a PhD title (preferably from a leading international research institution) is required.
  • Sound knowledge in Linux based C/C++ software development
  • Skills in the areas of processor/multicore architectures, electronic design automation, cyber-security, compiler construction, RISC-V, and/or HW architecture simulation are beneficial.
  • Excellent communication skills, must be a team player
  • High proficiency in oral and written English. German is beneficial.

Our cooperative leadership concept gives you the necessary freedom for your scientific research with a high degree of motivation, personal responsibility, and creativity. Compensation is based on TV-L 13 (federal salary rate) for PhD students/researchers and TV-L 14 for PostDocs. RWTH Aachen University has been certified as a “Family Friendly University”. RWTH is committed to promoting the careers of women and therefore looks forward to receiving applications by female candidates. RWTH welcomes applications from suitably qualified disabled people.

Please direct your complete application (incl. CV, transcripts, certificates, and specific motivation letter) electronically to:

In case of questions, please contact

• Prof. Rainer Leupers: