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Post-Doc position: using accelerated analog neuromorphic hardware for quantum physics experiments (E13 TV-L, time limited)

The research group:

The Electronic Vision(s) Group at the Kirchhoff-Institute for Physics was founded in 1995. The initial goal was to use the infrastructure available at the ASIC Laboratory for Microelectronics for the development of a vision substitution system based on CMOS image sensors. It soon became clear that the interdisciplinary nature of this project opens exciting research opportunities also in neighboring fields.

The group has consequently expanded its scope into different areas of mixed-mode, massively parallel VLSI technology, especially neuromorphic technologies. The group developed the BrainScaleS neuromorphic compute architecture and operates it as a service in the context of the Human Brain Project / EBRAINS. Currently the second generation of the BrainScaleS system is being commissioned for online usage both for neuroscience experiments as well as a general research tool.

This post doc position is focussed on exploring where the use of accelerated analog neuromorphic hardware can greatly benefit or even make possible advanced experiments in quantum physics. The position (E13) is time-limited to 2 years.


  • Identify relevant problems in experimental quantum physics that could benefit from the use of the Heidelberg BrainScaleS accelerated neuromorphic hardware
  • Devise possible new experiments in this regard
  • Collaborate with existing experimental quantum physics groups in Heidelberg to find possible usage scenarios for the BrainScaleS system


  • Profound knowledge of programming in Python as well as Python-based based data analysis in a linux environment and basic understanding of C++
  • Working experience with custom build hardware for physics experiments
  • Experience in experimental quantum physics
  • Interest in neuromorphic hardware / spiking neural networks

We offer:

  • A possibility for a habilitation
  • A worldwide unique neuromorphic hardware system (BrainScaleS) plus external usage ecosystem.

How to apply:

Please send your application (incuding a link to the pdf of your PhD thesis) via e-mail to:

Felicitas Kleveta
Sekretariat Electronic Vision(s)

Kirchhoff-Institute for Physics
Im Neuenheimer Feld 227
D-69120 Heidelberg

Tel.: +49 6221 - 54-9100
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